This year marks the 50th anniversary of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy's address to the National Congress of American Indians. Significant changes in Indian policy followed, leading to greater sovereignty and a renewed commitment to the federal government's trust responsibilities. But challenges remain.
America's 16th president is widely regarded as the country's greatest leader for preserving the union and ending slavery. But in Dakota history, this complex figure casts a long dark shadow.
American Indians continue to experience political marginalization. The Supreme Court's recent decision crippling the Voting Rights Act of 1965 poses a new threat that may have far-reaching consequences.
Meditation techniques are helping to improve health and wellness for students, faculty, and staff at Diné College. Practitioners claim such benefits as increased creativity, IQ, academic performance, as well as a decrease in substance abuse.
United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) has opened its new Black Hills Learning Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. It is the college’s first extension site. In celebration, people from the local community turned out for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included South Dakota governor Dennis Daugaard, Rapid City mayor Sam Kooiker, and UTTC president (more)Comcast commits $2.4 million to the Fund
The American Indian College Fund (the Fund) has announced that Comcast and the Comcast Foundation pledged more than $2.4 million to promote Native higher education. The monies will support scholarships and national advertising to promote public awareness of American Indian higher education. College Fund president and CEO Cheryl Crazy Bull (Lakota) participated in Comcast’s Native (more)IAIA representing Native America at China Expo
Professor Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi-Tewa) of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM), along with IAIA alumni Melissa Cody (Navajo) and Steve LaRance (Hopi-Assiniboine), are participating in the United Nations’ International Expo on Traditional Craftmanship, which is convening in Hangzhou, China, October 17-20. The three artists will join 400 other participants from all (more)Students gather to compete in Navajo cultural activities
Students of all ages representing 14 schools competed recently in a variety of Navajo cultural activities held at Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ). The Center for Diné Studies (CDS) and the Center for Diné Teacher Education (CDTE) hosted a Navajo spelling bee, joke-telling, and song and dance competitions. The winners received trophies for their outstanding (more)
During the recent 40th anniversary celebration of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Sinte Gleska University president, Lionel Bordeaux (Lakota), stood before a crowded ballroom and recounted how back in the 1970s he and the other AIHEC founders regularly trekked to Washington, DC to secure legislation that would help fund newly established tribal colleges (more)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)In the Shadow of Sequestration
With the current sequestration crisis, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are facing some basic immediate and long-range financial problems that will require astute planning, analysis, and budgeting. TCUs have long depended upon the good will of the U.S. Congress for basic operating funds. Up until now, that relationship has helped the colleges to survive and grow. Unfortunately, Congress (more)
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)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)