In the Current Issue: Good Medicine

In the Current Issue: Good Medicine

Healthcare and wellness are major sources of concern for communities across Indian Country, and creating an Indigenous healthcare workforce is an avenue of opportunity for tribal colleges and universities. This summer issue of Tribal College Journal explores the various facets of wellness and related programming at TCUs.

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The Medicine Way

The Medicine Way

By Bradley Shreve
Sanapia was one of the last of the Comanche eagle doctors, utilizing indigenous medicine to treat Indigenous people. Today, tribal colleges and universities are developing new Native-centered healthcare and wellness programs for future generations.

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Rx for Indian Country: Tribal College Education

Rx for Indian Country: Tribal College Education

By Dina Horwedel
Tribal colleges and universities are working in their communities to identify factors that negatively impact health and are training the next generation of healthcare workers to deal with them. And they are making a difference—not just in the lives of their students, but in the lives of future patients.

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Very Good Medicine: Indigenous Humor and Laughter

Very Good Medicine: Indigenous Humor and Laughter

By Cynthia Lindquist with Mylo Redwater Smith
Humor is not only instinctive and a basic human need, but it is also very good medicine. Laughter boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and is linked to healthy functioning organs.

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Four Legged Healers: Horse Culture as Medicine

Four Legged Healers: Horse Culture as Medicine

By Jessica White Plume
For tribal communities to overcome the health disparities that plague them, they need to honor Indigenous healthcare paradigms. The Horse Nation Initiative at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College embraces the people’s historical connection to the horse as an avenue to wellness.

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Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health

Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health

By Mark Bauer
The Summer Research Enhancement Program offers students a solid foundation in public health research methods and a hands-on internship in their home community to test their newly acquired skills.

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To Empower and Educate: Bringing Native Students into the Healthcare Professions

To Empower and Educate: Bringing Native Students into the Healthcare Professions

By Marielle Christine Leilani Young
At Cankdeska Cikana Community College, an introduction to community and public health class empowered students to pursue careers in the health sciences.

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Web Exclusive Feature

Compassionate and Culturally Respectful Care: Producing Successful Nurses at Salish Kootenai College

By Kitt Adams

For a quarter century, Salish Kootenai College has led the way in healthcare programming at tribal colleges, devising the first RN program and now home to a full-scale nursing department with state-of-the art simulation technology and laboratories that give students hands-on experience in a culturally rooted setting.

The Inquisitive Academic

Harriet Tubman, Pocahontas, and George Washington in a Cowboy Hat

By Ryann Winn

The myths most people believe about Pocahontas and other Indigenous icons are reductive and marginalizing. To combat this, sometimes humor is the best way to stimulate discussions about cultural misappropriations.

Research

The Impact of an Educational Intervention on American Indian Students' Interest in the Health Professions

By Loretta Heuer, Marielle Christine Leilani Young, Cynthia Lindquist, Marilyn G. Klug, Ann Wadsworth, and Jonathan Ripp

Through a summer public health course at a tribal college, a research team discovered that students gained increased knowledge of various health professions - and a greater interest in pursuing them.

Web Exclusive Slide Show

Photo Highlights from the 2016 AIHEC Student Conference

Tribal college students, staff, faculty, and administrators gathered March 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the annual AIHEC Student Conference.

Current Reflections

Nursing at Tribal Colleges: A Conversation with Joe McDonald

Salish Kootenai College's founding president discusses the importance of nursing programs and why tribal colleges should train healthcare providers for their home communities.

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Ontario's Northern Lights: Canada's Tribal Colleges, Part 4

By Leif Gregersen

In this final installment of a four-part series, TCJ explores First Nations colleges in the Province of Ontario.

Writer's Corner

Playwriting, Part Two: Avoiding the Theatrical Pitfalls of a Beginning Playwright

By Ryan Winn

There are many common pitfalls that can limit a beginning playwright's potential. Here are some tips to consider when writing a play.

Tribal College News

American Indian College Fund’s Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz Honored American Indian College Fund’s Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz Honored

The American Indian College Fund’s Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz is the 2016 recipient of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni Council Award for outstanding contribution. “This award is a beautiful honor, and it is entirely unexpected,” Yazzie-Mintz says. “This powerful recognition is not just for me, but celebrates collective work over time: my work with Native (more)

Student from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Receives Hospital Scholarship Student from Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Receives Hospital Scholarship

Tamara Montano, a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), has been named the 2016 recipient of the Community Memorial Hospital Scholarship. Montano, a Cloquet resident originally from Red Cliff, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Bayfield High School, is completing the Practical Nursing Diploma Program during her first year in the college’s (more)

Salish Kootenai College to Open Student Health Center Salish Kootenai College to Open Student Health Center

Former President Robert DePoe III is gone, but one of his visions for Salish Kootenai College (SKC) has become a reality. The tribal college will open its first-ever student health center on its Pablo campus. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department will operate the center, which will provide limited primary medical care, nursing, (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

Minnesota gets grant that will help tribal colleges like Leech Lake Minnesota gets grant that will help tribal colleges like Leech Lake

For Minnesota’s estimated 19,000 American Indian school students, many growing up in communities plagued by poverty and crime, education is the best hope for a brighter future. Graduating high school with strong fundamental skills can be a generational game-changer, one that not only improves the individual student’s life, but those of children to come. Prosperous (more)


Spokane Tribal College Among USDA’s New Promise Zones

The Zone’s five goals include increasing enrollment and degree opportunities for Spokane Tribal College and revising some of the Tribe’s “outdated laws” to reduce violent crime.


Partial Student Loan Forgiveness for Tribal College Employees Partial Student Loan Forgiveness for Tribal College Employees

The U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program offers partial student loan forgiveness to tribal college employees.


Opinion

Students and Leaders: New Conference Aims for Campus and Community Leadership

By Robin Máxkii
The AIHEC Student Congress is planning a new leadership conference designed especially for TCU students.(more)

Resource Guides

27-4 Summer 2016 “Good Medicine” Resource Guide

Native Culture, Health, and Education: An Annotated Bibliography Below is a listing and description of key sources in the field of health and wellness in Indian Country. Brave Heart, M. (2003). The Historical Trauma Response among Natives and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse: A Lakota Illustration. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 7-13. Brave Heart describes (more)

Media Reviews

To the Disappearance To the Disappearance

By Todd Fuller
Mongrel Empire Press (2015)
71 pages
Review by Brian Daffron

Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands

By Suanne Unger
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (2014)
381 pages
Review by Elise Krohn

Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country

By Traci Brynne Voyles
University of Minnesota Press (2015)
304 pages
Review by Doug Brugge

Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala, Volume 1: Excavations, Ceramics, and Chronology Formative Lifeways in Central Tlaxcala, Volume 1: Excavations, Ceramics, and Chronology

Edited by Richard G. Lesure
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (2014)
429 pages
Review by Michael E. Smith