In the Current Issue: Preserving & Protecting Knowledge

In the Current Issue: Preserving & Protecting Knowledge

In this issue we explore the unique ways in which tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) safeguard sacred knowledge while passing along culture and tradition to future generations.

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Like a Thunderbird: Preserving and Protecting Knowledge at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Like a Thunderbird: Preserving and Protecting Knowledge at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Preserving and protecting traditional knowledge remains a cornerstone principle at all tribal colleges and universities. Today, they are employing a variety of strategies to fulfill that mission.

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A Hundred Ways of Learning: Sharing Traditional Knowledge at Tohono O’odham Community College

A Hundred Ways of Learning: Sharing Traditional Knowledge at Tohono O'odham Community College

At Tohono O’odham Community College, faculty and administrators ask how the college’s curriculum and operations can be incorporated into the O’odham’s traditional way of life—and not the other way around.

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For Future Generations: Funding Culturally Embedded Higher Education at Tribal Colleges and Universities

For Future Generations: Funding Culturally Embedded Higher Education at Tribal Colleges and Universities

The American Indian College Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities work with tribal colleges and universities to fund an array of cultural programs and activities.

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Keepers of the Past, For the Future

Keepers of the Past, For the Future

Native peoples have always devised practical solutions to myriad problems and continue to possess knowledge that if forgotten, would be a great loss to all of humankind. To preserve this knowledge requires effort. And tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are at the front lines, protecting and preserving the wisdom.

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Current Reflections

The Fine Line

By James Shanley

In the most recent edition of TCJ's web-exclusive column, Current Reflections, tribal college movement leader Jim Shanley (Assiniboine Sioux) discusses the fine line that TCUs must walk between exploiting natural resources on Indian lands and protecting and caring for the Earth.

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The Inquisitive Academic

Anomalies No More

By Ryan Winn

American Indian achievements are often portrayed as anomalies in mainstream forums. Such portrayals, however, ignore a vast body of accomplishment that spans human history. And today tribal colleges and universities are playing a vital role in marking new milestones.

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Web Exclusive

Preserving the Wisdom

By Tom Grier

This documentary journalism collaboration at Diné College gives students hands-on experience recording the life stories of Navajo elders.

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Web Exclusive

The Lakota Way

By Jurgita Antoine

Sinte Gleska University's Lakota Documentaries Project is digitizing and translating traditional oral stories for future generations.

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Voices

We Are What We Eat

By Jamelyn Ebelacker

AIHEC's student congress is taking steps to change the way tribal college students view food.

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Profile

Preserving Living History at Diné College

By Bradley Shreve

Dr. Miranda Haskie leads teams of students to remote corners of Diné Bikéyah to record for posterity the knowledge, lessons, and wisdom of the elders.

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Web Exclusive

Staying Connected

By Ahmed Al-Asfour

Find out how tribal colleges and universities can harness the power of technology to preserve, practice, and pass on traditional knowledge.

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Tribal College News

NTU sites to receive state funding

Arizona governor Jan Brewer and Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly have signed an amendment to the Arizona Funding Compact that will provide $7 million over the next eight years to Navajo Technical University’s (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, Arizona. The allocated funds will be used for maintenance, renewal, and (more)

SIPI earns initial accreditation from HLC

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, Kevin Washburn, has announced that the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC)  has awarded initial accreditation to Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI, Albuquerque, NM). “The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute holds a special place in Indian education because of its emphasis on training American (more)

TCJ Designer Walt Pourier honored TCJ Designer Walt Pourier honored

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) has announced that Walt Pourier (Oglala Lakota) of Nakota Designs has been named as a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Creative Leadership Award. Pourier was one of three nominees selected from a list of 18 individuals and organizations throughout the State of Colorado. The Governor’s Creative Leadership Awards honor Coloradans who (more)

Teach for America offers employment opportunities for TCU students

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society has named Teach for America as one of the top workplaces for American Indian STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) professionals. Teach For America’s Native Alliance Initiative has worked closely with tribal communities in an effort to improve education outcomes for American Indian students. The initiative enables graduates (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

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)

25-2 Winter 2013: “Tribal and Behavioral Health” Resource Guide

Substance Abuse, Historical Trauma, and Tribal and Behavioral Health The following resource guide compiles contemporary research on preventative methods for reducing substance abuse in American Indian communities, with a specific focus given to young adults. We selected these works to illustrate the connection between historical trauma and alcohol abuse, and to show how strengthening cultural (more)

24-4 Summer 2013 “Language Revitalization” Resource Guide

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)