In the Current Issue: Nation Building

In the Current Issue: Nation Building

Nation building is a multi-faceted process in which tribal colleges and universities are increasingly playing an important role. Discover how TCUs have devised strategies and programs that strengthen and expand the economic, political, and social foundations of the First Nations.

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Many Nations, One Movement

Many Nations, One Movement

By Bradley Shreve
Together, as one movement, tribal colleges and universities are working to rebuild Native communities. At times the task may be daunting, but with a sense of dedication and perseverance even one student can make a difference.

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Soil and Oil, Trees and Seas: Building Nations through Natural Resources

Soil and Oil, Trees and Seas: Building Nations through Natural Resources

By Helen Hu
As Native nations increasingly exert sovereignty over the resources on their lands, TCUs are preparing a new generation to work and interact wisely with tribes’ natural wealth.

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Guar Near and Far: How One Crop Could Profit Lakota Country

Guar Near and Far: How One Crop Could Profit Lakota Country

By Subodh K. Singh
A Sinte Gleska University professor is exploring the feasibility of cultivating guar, one of the most expensive crops in the world, as a means to bring economic development to the Rosebud reservation and beyond.

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Aazzhoogan: Red Lake Nation’s Bridge to the Future

Aazzhoogan: Red Lake Nation’s Bridge to the Future

By Dan King and Eugene McArthur
The Red Lake Band of Chippewa are investing in education and future generations with a new $11 million tribal college campus.

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The Inquisitive Academic

The New Frontier for Native Literature

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of Indigenous science fiction writers, offering TCU faculty a wealth of cutting-edge literature that’s both engaging and imaginative.

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Scenes from the 2014 AIHEC Student Conference

Tribal College students, faculty, staff, and administrators met in Billings, Montana for three days of competition and camaraderie.

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Mni Wakan Heciya Ihduhapi Unspewicakiya: Teaching Sovereignty at Spirit Lake

By Vernon Lambert and John Peacock

At Cankdeska Cikana Community College, faculty stress the centrality of tribal sovereignty and take a more balanced approach to teaching American history.

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Vertically Integrated: Community-Based Research Projects at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

By Nader Vadiee

SIPI has forged a special approach to teaching the STEM fields, working with a variety of partners that offer students a wealth of experience and abundant opportunities.

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Profile

Sherry Red Owl, Stands at Dawn Woman

By Cheryl Crazy Bull

Anpo Inajin Win - Stands at Dawn Woman - is a fitting name for Sherry Red Owl. She greets each day as a new opportunity and has spent the past 43 years working to improve American Indian higher education.

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Voices

A Tribal Higher Education Commission for the 21st Century

By Paul Willeto

The time has come for tribal colleges and universities to establish their own accrediting body. And it is a matter of sovereignty and self-determination.

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Tribal College News

Secretary Arne Duncan to speak at SKC commencement Secretary Arne Duncan to speak at SKC commencement

The secretary of the United States Department of Education, Arne Duncan, will give the commencement address at Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) Saturday, June 6. Duncan’s spokeswoman, Dorie Nolt, stated that the secretary wanted to “celebrate the successes of Native students at this outstanding college.” SKC will be graduating 200 students, who will receive (more)

FDLTCC video receives national award

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC, Cloquet, MN) was named among the top colleges in the nation in the 2013-2014 Collegiate Advertising Awards national competition. FDLTCC received a Silver Award in the special video production category for “Extraordinary: Celebrating 25 Years.” The 22-minute film was created to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the (more)

Dr. Elden Lawrence, former SWC president and scholar, passes on Dr. Elden Lawrence, former SWC president and scholar, passes on

Dr. Elden Eugene Lawrence (Dakota), former president of Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC, Sisseton, SD) passed away this past Fourth of July. He was 77. Lawrence was born in 1936 on the Sisseton Wahpeton Indian Reservation in eastern South Dakota. He came from a large family, having 10 siblings, nine of whom were brothers. As a (more)

San Carlos Apache Set to Establish a Tribal College

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has announced that it will partner with Arizona State University (ASU) in establishing its own tribally controlled college. The new tribal college will be the first Apache-controlled institution of higher education. “A tribal college operated by and for Apaches will help secure the future of the tribe, not just as (more)

Opinion

Keepers of the Past, For the Future Keepers of the Past, For the Future

In the fall of 1967, Hopi Action News reported that hippies were invading Native communities throughout the Southwest. In direct contrast to the missionaries and assimilationists who preceded them, however, these alienated baby boomers venerated Indian cultures and traditions. Armed with Frank Waters’ Book of the Hopi and John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, the long-haired (more)

We Are What We Eat: The AIHEC Student Congress and Food Sovereignty We Are What We Eat: The AIHEC Student Congress and Food Sovereignty

Every year, the newly elected officers of the AIHEC Student Congress (ASC) develop and adopt initiatives to focus their efforts throughout their term. The current ASC has decided to uphold this tradition by tackling an issue that directly affects every Native community and campus nationwide and abroad—food sovereignty. TCJ PAID CONTENT

The Slings and Errors of a Political Lecture The Slings and Errors of a Political Lecture

This past August, Michigan State University (MSU) professor William S. Penn became the latest victim of his own politically charged tirades when a secretly recorded video captured him lecturing to his students that Republicans “don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.” (more)

Resource Guides

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)

25-3 Spring 2014 “Preserving and Protecting Knowledge” Resource Guide

This resource guide is a selection of sources from Sinte Gleska University (SGU) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation relevant to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Since the research was conducted at SGU’s library, the guide uses examples from the northern Plains region to illustrate specific issues. The sources included in this guide can be grouped (more)

25-2 Winter 2013: “Tribal and Behavioral Health” Resource Guide

Substance Abuse, Historical Trauma, and Tribal and Behavioral Health The following resource guide compiles contemporary research on preventative methods for reducing substance abuse in American Indian communities, with a specific focus given to young adults. We selected these works to illustrate the connection between historical trauma and alcohol abuse, and to show how strengthening cultural (more)