In the Current Issue: Tribal College Governance

In the Current Issue: Tribal College Governance

Tribal colleges were founded to serve Native communities and offer a culturally relevant education. For accreditation and articulation purposes, however, TCUs have had to adopt Western forms of governance. Discover how TCUs are assuming greater sovereignty over their administration, organization, and structure—and how TCU leaders are incorporating traditional modes of leadership.

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An Act of Sovereignty: Governing Tribal Higher Education

An Act of Sovereignty: Governing Tribal Higher Education

By Cheryl Crazy Bull, Cynthia Lindquist, and David M. Gipp
Governance at tribal colleges and universities differs from that at mainstream institutions. Although regional accreditation requirements necessitate the implementation of some Western standards, TCUs have forged their own leadership models that make their governance an act of sovereignty.

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Walking the Talk: The Balancing Act of Native Women Tribal College Presidents

Walking the Talk: The Balancing Act of Native Women Tribal College Presidents

By Barbara Ellen Sorensen
Native women are no strangers to positions of leadership, and over half of all tribal college presidents today are women. But with their governing roles come unique challenges that often require them to walk a fine line.

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“From the Story Book”: Haven Gourneau

From the Story Book: Haven Gourneau

By Richard Peterson
From student to leader, Fort Peck Community College president Haven Gourneau affirms what the TCU movement is all about.

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Fostering the Intellectual and Tribal Spirit: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer

Fostering the Intellectual and Tribal Spirit: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer

By Deborah His Horse Is Thunder
At tribal colleges, the chief academic officer performs a variety of tasks and faces myriad challenges.

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Tribal College Writing: The Bumpy Road to Success

Tribal College Writing: The Bumpy Road to Success

By Barbara Komlos
Educators should consider alternative strategies when teaching writing skills at tribal colleges.

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The Inquisitive Academic

Jurassic Thought: Combating Gender Prejudices in Science and Film

By Ryan Winn

Female students are now a clear majority at all tribal colleges. It's up to TCU faculty to help break down sexist barriers that continue to define their roles and impede their academic progress.

Web-Exclusive Slideshow

The 2015 AIHEC Student Conference

With photos by Jaime T. Aguilar and Daniel Vandever

Tribal college students, staff, faculty, and administrators gathered in the upper Rio Grande valley March 14-17 for competition and friendship. Highlights from the 34th conference in Albuquerque.

Web-Exclusive Feature

The Challenge of TCU Leadership

By Monte Randall

Tribal college leaders are working to identify styles of governance that facilitate both culture and academic rigor.

Current Reflections

The Value of Tribally Controlled Governing Boards

By Gerald Carty Monette

The tribal college veteran and former Turtle Mountain Community College president offers words of wisdom on successful governance strategies.

Writer's Corner

Fiction Writing's Great Expectations

By Ryan Winn

Good writing requires careful, persistent revision. Here are four tips to guide you through the revision process.

Tribal College News

Sundance and IAIA Screenwriters Announced

Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program and the Institute of American Indian Arts’(IAIA) Department of Cinematic Arts and Technology selected six Native American screenwriters, Gabe Abeyta (Taos Pueblo and Navajo), Katie Avery (Iñupiaq), Kelly D’Angelo (Haudenosaunee), Felicia Nez (Navajo), Blue Tarpalechee (Muscogee), and Kaherawaks Thompson (St. Regis Mohawk), to take part in the opening (more)

NSF Program Supports Native Student Research

#United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) is the first tribal college to be awarded funding for the Tribal College Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (REU), a project of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The ten-week, research-oriented program will allow eight students to explore plant restoration and ecology, insect communication and ecological impacts, integrated buffalo prairie management, (more)

Opportunities in New Legislation for Tribal College Students

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has issued a statement of support for “America’s College Promise.” The organization notes that the legislation will “open new worlds of opportunity for thousands of American Indian students at tribal colleges.” Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) helped sponsor the America’s College Promise Act of 2015. AIHEC asserts that the (more)

Sheep Is Life Celebration to be Held at Diné College Sheep Is Life Celebration to be Held at Diné College

Dine Be’ Iiná Inc. and Diné College are partnering to host the 19th Annual Sheep is Life Celebration. The weeklong event will be filled with workshops and lectures focused on the Navajo sheep culture and spirituality. Sheep Is Life will be held June 15-20, 2015 at the Diné College campus in Tsaile, Arizona. Sheep is Life (more)

Opinion

Culturally Relevant Governance Culturally Relevant Governance

Flares lit up the night sky so brightly that you could have read a book, while tracer bullets, followed by bursts of machine-gun fire, buzzed through the air like a swarm of angry hornets, recalls Dennis Banks (Ojibwa), a leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Such was the scene at Wounded Knee on the (more)

Tribal Colleges: The Original Extreme Makeover Experts

The College of Menominee Nation has found an alternative accreditation model that is more compatible with traditional governance structures.TCJ PAID CONTENT

Resource Guides

26-4 Summer 2015 “Tribal College Governance” Resource Guide

A compilation of published and online resources for researchers interested in issues and topics on tribal higher education governance.

26-3 Spring 2015 “Global Indigenous Higher Education” Resource Guide

The field of world Indigenous higher education remains in a relatively nascent state. Little research has been conducted on the movement and its current development. This is not surprising considering that the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) was founded in 2002. Despite this paucity of research, there are some valuable resources for those interested (more)

26-2 Winter 2014 “Workforce Development” Resource Guide

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.

Book/Media Reviews

American Indians and the Civil War American Indians and the Civil War

Edited by Robert K. Sutton and John A Latschar National Park Service (2013) 216 pages Review by Marjane Ambler A counselor in Nebraska once told me about a student who wanted to write about American Indians, but the assignment was for a Civil War class. “Of course not,” the teacher told the student. “American Indians (more)

The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin-Plateau (expanded edition) The Shoshoneans: The People of the Basin-Plateau (expanded edition)

By Edward Dorn, Photographs by Leroy Lucas Edited by Matthew Hofer, Foreword by Simon J. Ortiz University of New Mexico Press (2013) 166 pages Review by Gregory E. Smoak Originally published in 1966, The Shoshoneans is the late poet Ed Dorn’s account of his journey through the Indian country of the northern Great Basin in (more)

That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America That Dream Shall Have a Name: Native Americans Rewriting America

By David L. Moore University of Nebraska Press (2013) 465 pages Review by Leola Tsinnajinnie David L. Moore crafts an extensive, intricate analysis of the literature of five Native American writers: William Apess (Pequot), Sarah Winnemucca (Paiute), D’Arcy McNickle (Salish-Kootenai), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), and Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene). Moore acknowledges these writers for (more)

The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists

By Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette F. Molin Scarecrow (2012) 568 pages Reviewed by Ryan Winn Although Native American contributions are ubiquitous throughout all facets of American society, their individual achievements are too often either absent from academic discourse or treated as anomalies. The Extraordinary Book of Native American Lists by Arlene Hirschfelder and Paulette F. (more)