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

John Gritts Receives Honorary Doctorate John Gritts Receives Honorary Doctorate

John Gritts (Cherokee Nation), a longtime veteran of American Indian education and educational affairs, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bacone College this May. Several dignitaries and high level college officials were on hand to honor Gritts at the ceremony, which was held at the Muskogee Civic Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Dr. Gritts (more)

College Fund Receives Clinton Global Initiative Commitment College Fund Receives Clinton Global Initiative Commitment

The American Indian College Fund announced a Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) “Commitment to Action” for its partnership with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center today at CGI America’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. The organizations will work together to provide early childhood training for teachers and service providers in underserved, rural Native American communities. Both (more)

TCJ Announces Student Awards

Tribal College Journal (TCJ) announced the winners of its annual TCJ Student creative writing, art, and film contest today. This year the publication had a strong pool of entries in all categories, making the contest especially competitive. The journal’s staff thanks all those who submitted their work and looks forward to more submissions in the (more)

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)


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

Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing

Administration for Native Americans (2012) 34 minutes Review by Jurgita Antoine In the old days, when Lakota men came of age, they went on zuya—a warpath, which was commonly understood as an educational journey to maturity and adulthood. Although times have changed and methods of warfare have become more sophisticated, the tradition continues today. As (more)

New Architecture on Indigenous Lands New Architecture on Indigenous Lands

By Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka University of Minnesota Press (2013) 260 pages Review by Jon Carver Authors Joy Monice Malnar and Frank Vodvarka open their book New Architecture on Indigenous Lands with an extended quotation from the Lakota holy man Black Elk: “Everything the power of the world does is done in a (more)

In the Bear’s House In the Bear’s House

By N. Scott Momaday St. Martin’s Press (2010) 112 pages Review by Eleanor Kuhl Imagine my surprise to pick up this delightfully illustrated book and discover that the first 48 pages are a conversation between Yahweh (the Creator) and Bear (the creation). In this book, Bear is always spoken of in the singular and the (more)

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)