A founder of Oglala Lakota College and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Gerald One Feather left an indelible mark on Indian Country. Presented here for the first time in its entirety, the late Lakota leader unfurls the rich tapestry of his life in this autobiographical essay.
New economic realities have opened up new opportunities and challenges for Indian Country. The longtime United Tribes president and current chancellor examines the role that tribal colleges can play in workforce development efforts in TCJ's web-exclusive column.
An early graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Kevin Red Star has produced a collection of stunning paintings over the past 40 years. Experience a sampling of his artwork at tribalcollegejournal.org
The Inquisitive Academic
It's no secret that the mainstream publishing industry has largely ignored American Indians. Fortunately, there is a growing number of niche and Native presses that are publishing books featuring Native characters and communities. Tribal colleges and universities can play an important supporting role by stocking their libraries with such publications.
Editor’s Note: The Hechinger Report and the Atlantic Monthly recently published an article criticizing tribal colleges and universities. It has since come to light that neither publication thoroughly vetted the article to assure that it accurately and fairly portrayed TCUs, choosing instead to run the piece despite its inaccuracies and disingenuous reporting. As a result (more)NTU’s Dual-Credit Program Offers Job Experience for High School Students
In an effort to give high schools specialized workforce training, Navajo Technical University (NTU) is offering a dual-credit program in industrial maintenance and operations. NTU launched the initiative in collaboration with the Central Consolidated School District and the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility company in 2012, with the intention of helping students get a jump-start (more)The College Fund Holds 25th Anniversary Gala
On October 20, the American Indian College Fund held its 25th anniversary gala at Pier Sixty in New York City. The black-tie fundraising event was a great success and benefited Native American education while celebrating the College Fund’s 25 years of service. Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist, Idina Menzel, performed live at the gala. Menzel has (more)TOCC Expands Workforce Apprenticeship Program
Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) works closely with the tribal government, local agencies, and businesses to develop the workforce and create opportunities in the Tohono O’odham Nation. In the past two years, TOCC has started a direct care worker certificate course and has updated its program in early childhood education to streamline transfer programs and (more)
While American Indian communities still experience economic underdevelopment and high unemployment, strides have been made. And tribal colleges and universities are playing an instrumental role in developing a workforce and paving the way to a brighter future.“Being a Fed”
John Gritts reflects on the importance of community among the tribal colleges and reflects on his years of experience working for the U.S. Department of Education.
This resource guide compiles a selection of articles, reports, and websites related to American Indian workforce development. All of the entries here are available online and include hyperlinks.26-1 Fall 2014 “Celebrating 25 Years” Resource Guide
In 1989, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) collaborated with Paul Boyer to establish a journal that would allow tribal colleges and universities to share information with each other and with other organizations and institutions. Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) was the end product. Over the past 25 years, the (more)25-4 Summer 2014 “Nation Building” Resource Guide
Nation building is a complex and multidimensional process. Indeed, the term “process” limits our understanding—but so does “issue,” “theme,” or even “endeavor.” In a sense, nearly any source that engages the social, political, economic, historical, or cultural development of American Indian nations encompasses some facet of nation building. Of course one of my jobs as (more)