- Tribal colleges and universities are working harder than ever to cauterize the wounds inflicted by assimilationists during the 20th century. And they are succeeding. They are building dynamic language programs from the shores of the Arctic Ocean to the deserts of the Southwest and all points in between.
- By Persia Erdrich
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s language program offers students a complete immersion experience where they learn to speak Ojibwe in everyday situations.
More Than Words, A Way of Life: Language restoration programs reach beyond tribal colleges and universitiesBy Laura Paskus
From the Arctic Circle to the Great Plains, tribal colleges and universities are launching a vast array of new programs to revitalize and preserve Native languages.
- By Bradley Shreve
Carolyn Burgess Savage was one of the last fluent Chitimacha speakers when she passed away on August 16, 2012. Despite making it her life mission to save her language, one person cannot do it alone. It takes a movement -- and tribal colleges and universities are leading the way.
In this video interview with Albert White Hat, the Sicangu Lakota elder, teacher and author speaks about the survival of the Lakota language. Lakota Documentaries, an elder documentary project at Sinte Gleska University, produced the film.
Natalie Diaz, director of the Mojave Language Recovery Program, believes that language preservation is vital to cultural revitalization. In this web-exclusive feature, Jon Davis uncovers how Diaz and others are working to preserve Mojave as a living language.
Longtime language instructor Louis Soop binds culture and language together at Red Crow Community College.
Few lawmakers embody the spirit and history of the tribal college movement more than the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye.
(Reprinted with permission from First Nations Development Institute’s Indian Giver newsletter) Diné College (Tsaile, AZ) on the Navajo Nation is often a catalyst for community improvement beyond the school’s doors. In September 2012, it launched a project that may become yet another catalyst. The college held the first of several planned farmers’ markets as part (more)IAIA launches new MFA program
The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) has announced its first graduate program, the new Low Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. The Low Residency MFA program offers a professional degree in creative writing while allowing students to live at home. The program begins with a weeklong residency at the (more)FBCC seeks to meet regional workforce needs
The Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) Consortium is becoming a popular reference for job-seekers registering for educational and vocational training at five of North Dakota’s state and tribal colleges. Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND), Williston State College, Bismarck State College, Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND), and Turtle Mountain (more)
Carolyn Burgess Savage grew up in a one-room shack among the sugar cane fields of southern Louisiana. Her family of eight didn’t have any of the conveniences or consumer trappings that characterized postwar 1950s America. Even worse, they experienced firsthand the grinding oppression of the South’s Jim Crow laws and the social, political, and economic (more)Words Are Mightier Than Colonialism
College of Menominee Nation professor Ryan Winn writes on the importance of taking a stand against persistent misconceptions and stereotypes.Wild Rice and the Anishinaabe Scientist
Michael Price believes in the importance of integrating science with Indigenous knowledge and cultural values. This creates the correct path for today’s generation, where technology can be used to sustain sacred ways and the integrity of tribal lands.
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)24-1 “Communicating Yesterday’s Stories Today” Resource Guide
Generally speaking, the act of Indigenous storytelling is a sacred practice that passes culture and wisdom from one generation to another. While there are some similarities among the storytelling practices of all Indigenous peoples, each tribe has unique methods of storytelling and attempts to generalize Indigenous storytelling as a whole are problematic. With this in (more)