This year marks the 50th anniversary of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's address to the National Congress of American Indians. Significant changes in Indian policy followed, leading to greater sovereignty and a renewed commitment to the federal government's trust responsibilities. But challenges remain.
America's 16th president is widely regarded as the country's greatest leader for preserving the union and ending slavery. But in Dakota history, this complex figure casts a long dark shadow.
American Indians continue to experience political marginalization. The Supreme Court's recent decision crippling the Voting Rights Act of 1965 poses a new threat that may have far-reaching consequences.
Meditation techniques are helping to improve health and wellness for students, faculty, and staff at Diné College. Practitioners claim such benefits as increased creativity, IQ, academic performance, as well as a decrease in substance abuse.
The website BestOnlineColleges.org recently ranked the online early childhood education programs at Bay Mills Community College (BMCC, Brimley, MI) and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) as among the best in the United States. The two tribal colleges stand in the top 50. The website used an array of criteria in making its selection. (more)New TCU to open in California
After nearly five years of planning, Marshal McKay, chairman of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation of California, has stated that his tribe will establish a tribal college next year. McKay made the announcement at the Sacramento Indian Conference last week. Since the closure of D-Q University in 2005, California has been without a tribal college (more)Grand opening held for UTTC learning center
United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) has opened its new Black Hills Learning Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is the college’s first extension site. In celebration, people from the local community turned out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard, Rapid City mayor Sam Kooiker, and UTTC president (more)The Fund helps TCUs to preserve culture with new grant
The American Indian College Fund will work with tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the upper-Midwestern states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota to preserve and restore Native arts. The program is designed to increase the intergenerational transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge and processes from elders to adults and children., the program (more)
During the recent 40th anniversary celebration of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Sinte Gleska University president, Lionel Bordeaux (Lakota), stood before a crowded ballroom and recounted how back in the 1970s he and the other AIHEC founders regularly trekked to Washington, DC to secure legislation that would help fund newly established tribal colleges (more)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)In the Shadow of Sequestration
With the current sequestration crisis, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are facing some basic immediate and long-range financial problems that will require astute planning, analysis, and budgeting. TCUs have long depended upon the good will of the U.S. Congress for basic operating funds. Up until now, that relationship has helped the colleges to survive and grow. Unfortunately, Congress (more)
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)24-4 Summer 2013 “Language Revitalization” Resource Guide
While reporting one of the stories in the current issue of Tribal College Journal, I had the opportunity to speak with Chief Dull Knife College president Richard Littlebear. Littlebear is a leader in language revitalization, not only on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, but across North America. I kept recalling our conversation. Many of the linguists (more)24-3 “The Science of Place” Resource Guide
Over the past few hundred years, Western science has considered Indigenous knowledge about our natural surroundings as an entirely separate way of viewing the world. In recent years that has started to change, as Native students, scientists, and writers communicate with the public about traditional knowledge. Increasingly, scientists and academics have acknowledged the crucial role Indigenous (more)