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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Web Exclusive Feature

Promoting Nursing as a Career Choice for Native Americans

By Ahmed Al-Asfour

As the general population ages, healthcare is one profession that offers boundless career opportunities for tribal college students today.

The Inquisitive Academic

Louise, Larose, and a Love of Listening

By Ryann Winn

Load-up your smart phone! Audio books like Louise Erdrich's latest novel offer an easy way for the road-weary traveler to enjoy literature.

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Compassionate and Culturally Respectful Care: Producing Successful Nurses at Salish Kootenai College

By Kitt Adams

For a quarter century, Salish Kootenai College has led the way in healthcare programming at tribal colleges, devising the first RN program and now home to a full-scale nursing department with state-of-the art simulation technology and laboratories that give students hands-on experience in a culturally rooted setting.

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.

Tribal College News

Lac Courte Oreilles Faculty Present on Jail Program in Costa Rica Lac Courte Oreilles Faculty Present on Jail Program in Costa Rica

Recent Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC) graduate and Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe tribal member Lisa Munive, along with LCOOCC faculty Patrick Shields and Trish Hemming, presented on the Oshki Bimaadiziiwin Jail Education Program at the 20th International Restorative Practices Conference in San José, Costa Rica. Munive is completing her bachelor’s degree in social work (more)

Scrubs Camp Coming to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Scrubs Camp Coming to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Going to summer camp is a longstanding tradition for teenagers, yet finding the right camp and focused activities can be a challenge. This summer, thanks to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) and a collection of healthcare industry partners, there’s a new camp in town. FDLTCC’s first-ever Scrubs Camp comes to the college (more)

UTTC Prepares for September Powwow UTTC Prepares for September Powwow

The 47th Annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow is set for September 9-11 at Lone Star Arena on the college campus in Bismarck. It is the summer season’s last, large outdoor event on the Northern Great Plains powwow circuit. The event is open to the public and everyone is invited and welcome. Known as “Home (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

American Indian College Fund to Sponsor Montana Tribal College Career Fairs American Indian College Fund to Sponsor Montana Tribal College Career Fairs

Students thinking about college, trade school, and career options will be able to explore their many options at six locations during the Montana Tribal College Career Fairs. The American Indian College Fund is a proud sponsor of the event, supporting The Montana Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities Council and the Montana Tribal Colleges.


Partial Student Loan Forgiveness for Tribal College Employees Partial Student Loan Forgiveness for Tribal College Employees

The U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program offers partial student loan forgiveness to tribal college employees.


Sisseton Wahpeton College and Oglala Lakota College Partner with Medical School

The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will use a $14.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to lead a biomedical research effort that will also fund projects at Sisseton Wahpeton College and Oglala Lakota College.


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

Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country

By Traci Brynne Voyles
University of Minnesota Press (2015)
304 pages
Review by Doug Brugge

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

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

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