The longtime president of the American Indian College Fund shares his recent experiences, underscoring the importance of community at tribal colleges.
Tohono O'odham Community College rediscovers elders' oral histories, archiving and preserving them for future generations.
In this web-exclusive, four-part series, TCJ profiles First Nations colleges north of the border. Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the Native Education College in British Columbia are highlighted in this first installment.
The Inquisitive Academic
Too often when we revise how we think about history and seek to rectify past wrongs, Native peoples are all but forgotten.
Critiquing art through the written word enables the writer to interpret a work's virtues and illuminate its merit. But art criticism is also an invaluable service that ultimately transforms the critic into collaborator.
At the recent World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) meeting in Fort Frances, Ontario, delegates from around globe gathered to discuss the future of the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU). The university was established in 2013 and adopted its official constitution a year later at the annual WINHEC meeting in Hawai’i. The conference in (more)Red Lake Nation College Opens New Campus
After five years of planning, negotiating, and building, Red Lake Nation College’s (RLNC) new campus is open. The $21.4 million college and governmental center is situated on the southern shore of Red Lake and features state-state-of-the-art facilities and awe-inspiring architecture. The new campus underscore’s Red Lake Nation’s commitment to education and investing in the future. (more)Chess Brings College and Community Together at BCC
“Overall, we’re examining how we teach,” says Jim Petersen, chair of the Liberal Arts/College Readiness Division at Blackfeet Community College (BCC) in Browning, Montana. “You can go to a lecture on how to swim, but we want to put them in the water. It’s an immersion activity: we’re developing programs at BCC using kinesthetic learning.” (more)ANC’s Business Club Helps Students in Need
Aaniiih Nakoda College’s (ANC’s) American Indian Business Leaders Club is working to help out students in need. Just this year the club raised funds to establish a student food bank. Greg Drummer, a business instructor at ANC and the club’s advisor, says that in the past he had noticed that some students have crises while (more)
Students worked under the mentorship of BHSU faculty and students learning how to use bioinformatics tools and DNA extraction procedures using water and soil samples collected from the Rosebud Reservation. The goal of the week-long intensive was to provide hands-on experience with lab equipment to supplement research the students will continue throughout the summer. (more)
Tribal colleges and universities are about much more than statistics or conferring degrees - they are about people and community.(more)
Editor’s Note: Below is a brief guide to accessible resources, which researchers may use as a starting point for further inquiry on tribal college communities. Cheryl Crazy Bull compiled this guide from a more exhaustive list which she and the American Indian College Fund often consult. American Indian College Fund. (2012). Woksape Oyate: Reports of (more)
Edited by Alexei Vranich and Charles Stanish
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (2013)
Review by Christine A. Hastorf
Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities
By Julie L. Davis
University of Minnesota Press (2013)
Review by Bradley Shreve
Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820–1906
By James W. Parins
University of Oklahoma Press (2013)
Review by Herman A. Peterson