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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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.

Web Exclusive Feature

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

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Publishes Student Anthology Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Publishes Student Anthology

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) has published the fourth edition of its literary anthology, The Thunderbird Review. The 97-page book features writing and art submitted by FDLTCC students and residents of northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin communities. The journal received over 100 submissions this year to consider for inclusion, and the editorial (more)

LLTC Wellness Center Helps Community “Live the Good Life” LLTC Wellness Center Helps Community “Live the Good Life”

While the word “medicine” elicits a wide range of thoughts and feelings, “good medicine” to Indigenous peoples has always been synonymous with a life lived in a good way. Hence, good medicine to the Anishinaabeg people is intertwined with mino-bimaadiziwin, or living the good life. Following this path not only requires reflection about our mental, (more)

Medical Laboratory Science Program Seeks to Partner with TCUs

Healthcare staffing shortages are a legitimate concern throughout the United States and are of critical concern for Native communities. In particular, our nation’s clinical laboratories are facing a startling and growing shortage of qualified laboratory personnel, with the laboratory labor force aging at a 78% faster rate than the entire U.S. labor market. To complicate (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

Bemidji Pioneer Recognizes Leech Lake Tribal College Bemidji Pioneer Recognizes Leech Lake Tribal College

The Bemidji Pioneer applauds Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for naming its new tribal college library in honor of Larry P. Aitken, a man who helped establish the college 25 years ago.


USDA Announces nearly $2.9 Million in Available Funding for 1994 Land-Grant Universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of nearly $2.9 million in funding through the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP) and the Tribal College Extension Program – Special Emphasis (TCEP). Projects funded through these programs will enhance the academic and social development of tribal (more)


Venida Chenault of Haskell Indian Nations University Honored Venida Chenault of Haskell Indian Nations University Honored

The Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity announced on Friday a select group of women to be inducted into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame. Haskell Indian Nations University President, Dr. Venida Chenault is among of group of honorees.


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

Research for Indigenous Survival: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences Research for Indigenous Survival: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences

By Lori Lambert
Salish Kootenai College Press (2014)
256 pages
Review by Wesley Thomas

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

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

The Umatilla Dictionary: A Project of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Noel Rude The Umatilla Dictionary: A Project of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and Noel Rude

By Noel Rude
University of Washington Press (2014)
640 pages
Review by Jule Gómez de García