In the Current Issue: Tribal College Communities

In the Current Issue: Tribal College Communities

Tribal colleges and universities are more than just institutions of higher education. They serve as community centers where local people can participate in various programs, engage in ceremonial life, and utilize libraries and other facilities. This issue explores how TCUs are truly community colleges.

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Engaging Life: TCUs and their Role Building Community

Engaging Life: TCUs and their Role Building Community

By Cheryl Crazy Bull
The tribal college founders sought to establish institutions rooted in place, extending beyond academic and workforce education. They dreamed of colleges and universities that served as centers of tribal and community life. The president of the American Indian College Fund recounts ways that TCUs engage with their communities.

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Lighting the Way: Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Serves as a Beacon Light for Tribal Members

Lighting the Way: Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Serves as a Beacon Light for Tribal Members

By Sherrole Benton
Following the ravages of colonization and territorial loss, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has striven to develop an institution that serves as a gathering place and as a bastion of culture and language—a role which their tribal college has fulfilled for students and community members alike.

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Barrow’s Living Room: How a Tribal College Library Connects Communities Across the Arctic

Barrow's Living Room: How a Tribal College Library Connects Communities Across the Arctic

By Erin Hollingsworth
More than just storerooms of information, tribal college libraries are gathering spaces that bring people together. The Tuzzy Consortium Library in Barrow, Alaska offers programs and services that build community at Iḷisaġvik College and beyond.

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Oshki Bimaadiziiwin: Restoring Balance through Education

Oshki Bimaadiziiwin: Restoring Balance through Education

By Patricia Hemming and Patrick Shields
Connecting with the community often means reaching out to the most marginalized individuals. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has done just that in developing a new program that paves a road to redemption for Native inmates in Wisconsin’s state prisons.

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2015 TCJ Student

2015 TCJ Student

Edited by LeAnne Howe
The decorated author and distinguished scholar from the Choctaw Nation presents the winners of this year’s student writing contest and reflects on how the writing of today’s tribal college students is part of a greater tribalography.

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Current Reflections

Spiritual Journey

By Rick Williams

The longtime president of the American Indian College Fund shares his recent experiences, underscoring the importance of community at tribal colleges.

Web-Exclusive Feature

Unlocking the Past: The O'odham Oral History Project Keeps Language and Culture Alive

By Martha S. Lee

Tohono O'odham Community College rediscovers elders' oral histories, archiving and preserving them for future generations.

Web-Exclusive Feature

Canada's Tribal Colleges

By Leif Gregersen

In this web-exclusive, four-part series, TCJ profiles First Nations colleges north of the border. Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and the Native Education College in British Columbia are highlighted in this first installment.

The Inquisitive Academic

Fully Condemning Jefferson and Jackson

By Ryan Winn

Too often when we revise how we think about history and seek to rectify past wrongs, Native peoples are all but forgotten.

Writer's Corner

The Art of Critique Writing, Part One: Why We Need Critics

By Ryan Winn

Critiquing art through the written word enables the writer to interpret a work's virtues and illuminate its merit. But art criticism is also an invaluable service that ultimately transforms the critic into collaborator.

Tribal College News

WINU Plans for the Future, Honors Graduates WINU Plans for the Future, Honors Graduates

At the recent World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) meeting in Fort Frances, Ontario, delegates from around globe gathered to discuss the future of the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU). The university was established in 2013 and adopted its official constitution a year later at the annual WINHEC meeting in Hawai’i. The conference in (more)

Red Lake Nation College Opens New Campus Red Lake Nation College Opens New Campus

After five years of planning, negotiating, and building, Red Lake Nation College’s (RLNC) new campus is open. The $21.4 million college and governmental center is situated on the southern shore of Red Lake and features state-state-of-the-art facilities and awe-inspiring architecture. The new campus underscore’s Red Lake Nation’s commitment to education and investing in the future. (more)

Chess Brings College and Community Together at BCC Chess Brings College and Community Together at BCC

“Overall, we’re examining how we teach,” says Jim Petersen, chair of the Liberal Arts/College Readiness Division at Blackfeet Community College (BCC) in Browning, Montana. “You can go to a lecture on how to swim, but we want to put them in the water. It’s an immersion activity: we’re developing programs at BCC using kinesthetic learning.” (more)

ANC’s Business Club Helps Students in Need

Aaniiih Nakoda College’s (ANC’s) American Indian Business Leaders Club is working to help out students in need. Just this year the club raised funds to establish a student food bank. Greg Drummer, a business instructor at ANC and the club’s advisor, says that in the past he had noticed that some students have crises while (more)

Around the web

Sinte Gleska Students Get Hands-on Biotechnology Training Sinte Gleska Students Get Hands-on Biotechnology Training

  Students worked under the mentorship of BHSU faculty and students learning how to use bioinformatics tools and DNA extraction procedures using water and soil samples collected from the Rosebud Reservation. The goal of the week-long intensive was to provide hands-on experience with lab equipment to supplement research the students will continue throughout the summer. (more)

Opinion

WAITING WOMEN RC GORMANThe Unquantifiable Value of Tribal Colleges

Tribal colleges and universities are about much more than statistics or conferring degrees - they are about people and community.(more)

Resource Guides

27-1 Fall 2015 “Tribal College Communities” Resource Guide

Editor’s Note: Below is a brief guide to accessible resources, which researchers may use as a starting point for further inquiry on tribal college communities. Cheryl Crazy Bull compiled this guide from a more exhaustive list which she and the American Indian College Fund often consult. American Indian College Fund. (2012). Woksape Oyate: Reports of (more)

Media Reviews

Visions of Tiwanaku Visions of Tiwanaku

Edited by Alexei Vranich and Charles Stanish
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (2013)
245 pages
Review by Christine A. Hastorf


Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities

By Julie L. Davis
University of Minnesota Press (2013)
307 pages
Review by Bradley Shreve


Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820–1906 Literacy and Intellectual Life in the Cherokee Nation, 1820–1906

By James W. Parins
University of Oklahoma Press (2013)
276 pages
Review by Herman A. Peterson