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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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

California Indians Seek to Establish a TCU California Indians Seek to Establish a TCU

There is currently an effort to bring back D-Q University (DQU) in Davis, California, after the institution stopped offering classes in 2005. Founded in 1971, DQU was the state’s only tribal college or university (TCU) and it was one of the first six tribal colleges in the country that founded the American Indian Higher Education (more)

Climate Change Working Group Meets at SIPI Climate Change Working Group Meets at SIPI

On a sunny spring weekend in Albuquerque—on the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) campus— the Indigenous People’s Climate Change Working Group convened to hash out a strategy for addressing the planet’s greatest emergency. Formed in 2006, the group has sought to develop education and research programs at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) that are focused (more)

College Fund Gala Held in Chicago College Fund Gala Held in Chicago

This past week, the American Indian College Fund celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a gala held in Chicago, Illinois, at the historic Drake Hotel. Two hundred attendees gathered to honor two of the College Fund’s founders and to benefit the organization’s mission to provide Native Americans with access to higher education. Dr. Gerald Gipp (Hunkpapa (more)

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)

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.

Media Reviews

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)

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)

Success Academy: How Native American Students Prepare for College (and How Colleges Can Prepare for Them) Success Academy: How Native American Students Prepare for College (and How Colleges Can Prepare for Them)

By MaryJo Benton Lee Peter Lang (2013) 187 pages Review by Carmelita Lamb In her new book, MaryJo Benton Lee leads us through a richly detailed journey of her relationship with Flandreau Indian School (FIS) and South Dakota State University (SDSU), spanning 12 years and hundreds of American Indian high-school students. Through the Success Academy (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)