In the Current Issue: Celebrating 25 Years

In the Current Issue: Celebrating 25 Years

For 25 years, Tribal College Journal has served as the voice and vision of American Indian higher education. Join the celebration in this special anniversary edition.

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Our Vision Is Reality: Celebrating 25 Years of Tribal College Journal

Our Vision Is Reality: Celebrating 25 Years of Tribal College Journal

By Lionel Bordeaux
A quarter century after introducing the inaugural issue of TCJ, Sinte Gleska University president and tribal college movement founder Lionel Bordeaux offers words of reflection and inspiration.

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Proud of Our Heritage

Proud of Our Heritage

By Bradley Shreve
At Tribal College Journal we are proud of our heritage and all that we have accomplished over the past 25 years. But most of all, we are proud to be the voice of the tribal college movement.

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Origin Story: The Genesis of Tribal College Journal

Origin Story: The Genesis of Tribal College Journal

By Paul Boyer
TCJ founder and former editor, Paul Boyer, looks back at the origins of the journal and the tribal college movement, meditating on how youthful exuberance—and naivety—are often essential ingredients for action.

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Launching Lives of Service: We Honor 25 Outstanding Tribal College Alumni

Launching Lives of Service: We Honor 25 Outstanding Tribal College Alumni

By Marjane Ambler
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, longtime editor Marjane Ambler selected 25 alumni from tribal colleges and universities all over North America who have gone on to serve their people and communities.

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Educating the Mind and Spirit: The American Indian College Fund Celebrates 25 Years

Educating the Mind and Spirit: The American Indian College Fund Celebrates 25 Years

By Dina Horwedel
Founded the same year as TCJ, the American Indian College Fund has been a vital force in the tribal college movement, offering student scholarships and programmatic support.

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Leaning In to the Digital Future: Tribal College Journal Embraces the Next 25 Years

Leaning In to the Digital Future: Tribal College Journal Embraces the Next 25 Years

By Rachael Marchbanks
There has been a paradigm shift in the media industry over the past 25 years, leading to the demise of many publications. TCJ publisher Rachael Marchbanks illuminates how TCJ has adapted and transformed in order to navigate this sea change.

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2014 TCJ Student

2014 TCJ Student

Author and tribal college educator Irvin Morris guest edits the 2014 edition of TCJ Student, while the poet laureate of the Navajo Nation, Luci Tapahonso, offers a special message to tribal college students.

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25 Years of Tribal College Journal: An Editorial and Graphic Retrospective, 1989-2014

By Bradley Shreve

TCJ has evolved into a dynamic and multifaceted publication since its inception 25 years ago. Uncover the history of the journal's transformation in this behind-the-scenes anniversary feature.

The Inquisitive Academic

Gerald Ford's Role in Indian Self-Determination, Part 2

By Ryan Winn

As election day approaches, Gerald R. Ford's legacy reminds us of the importance of the Native vote.

Current Reflections

A Tribute to Paul Boyer

By Joe McDonald

The former Salish Kootenai College president underscores the contribution that TCJ founder Paul Boyer and his father Ernest made to tribal colleges in this special edition of Current Reflections.

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Moving Forward

By Tina Deschenie

As part of our anniversary celebration, the former TCJ editor and current Navajo Tech provost examines 25 tribal colleges that have made great strides, and overcome formidable obstacles.

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The Meeting Place

By Ryan Winn

Tribal College Journal has been an invaluable forum for tribal colleges to share information and exchange ideas. In this web-exclusive feature, TCJ columnist and educator Ryan Winn ruminates on the importance of this role.

Tribal College News

Comcast-NBCUniversal Donate Over $5 Million to College Fund

The American Indian College Fund has announced that it will partner with Comcast-NBCUniversal in an effort to further the cause of Native American higher education. The corporation has offered a donation of $5 million for public service announcements and an additional gift of $500,000 for in-kind services and cash. The support will help the College (more)

Toyota Pledges $1 Million to the College Fund for STEM Fields

A hardscrabble childhood didn’t harden Erika Torres-Hernandez (Chippewa-Cree). But it did sharpen her resolve to achieve her goals and give back to her tribal community. A recipient of the Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana. Upon graduating from SCC, she plans to (more)

United Tribes’ Powwow a Success United Tribes’ Powwow a Success

Beautiful powwow weather, world class guests and top quality competition highlighted the 45th annual United Tribes International Powwow. The gathering, held September 4-7 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota, featured contestants from 70 different tribes and 14 states and Canadian provinces. A celebration of Native horse culture was featured in a tribal (more)

Miss Diné College 2014-2015 Crowned Miss Diné College 2014-2015 Crowned

The Miss Diné College Pageant Committee has selected Ms. Delta Higdon of Valley Store, Arizona, as the college’s new ambassador. Ms. Higdon’s clans are Naasht’ézhí Táchii’nii born for Kinyaa’áanii, her maternal grandparents clan are Tódích’íi’nii and her paternal grandparents clan are Bilagáana. As a 2013 graduate of Navajo Preparatory High School, the newly crowned ambassador (more)

Opinion

Keepers of the Past, For the Future Keepers of the Past, For the Future

In the fall of 1967, Hopi Action News reported that hippies were invading Native communities throughout the Southwest. In direct contrast to the missionaries and assimilationists who preceded them, however, these alienated baby boomers venerated Indian cultures and traditions. Armed with Frank Waters’ Book of the Hopi and John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, the long-haired (more)

We Are What We Eat: The AIHEC Student Congress and Food Sovereignty We Are What We Eat: The AIHEC Student Congress and Food Sovereignty

Every year, the newly elected officers of the AIHEC Student Congress (ASC) develop and adopt initiatives to focus their efforts throughout their term. The current ASC has decided to uphold this tradition by tackling an issue that directly affects every Native community and campus nationwide and abroad—food sovereignty. TCJ PAID CONTENT

The Slings and Errors of a Political Lecture 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)

Resource Guides

26-1 Fall 2014 “Celebrating 25 Years” Resource Guide

In 1989, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) collaborated with Paul Boyer to establish a journal that would allow tribal colleges and universities to share information with each other and with other organizations and institutions. Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) was the end product. Over the past 25 years, the (more)

25-4 Summer 2014 “Nation Building” Resource Guide

Nation building is a complex and multidimensional process. Indeed, the term “process” limits our understanding—but so does “issue,” “theme,” or even “endeavor.” In a sense, nearly any source that engages the social, political, economic, historical, or cultural development of American Indian nations encompasses some facet of nation building. Of course one of my jobs as (more)

25-3 Spring 2014 “Preserving and Protecting Knowledge” Resource Guide

This resource guide is a selection of sources from Sinte Gleska University (SGU) on the Rosebud Indian Reservation relevant to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Since the research was conducted at SGU’s library, the guide uses examples from the northern Plains region to illustrate specific issues. The sources included in this guide can be grouped (more)