In the Current Issue: Good Medicine

In the Current Issue: Good Medicine

Healthcare and wellness are major sources of concern for communities across Indian Country, and creating an Indigenous healthcare workforce is an avenue of opportunity for tribal colleges and universities. This summer issue of Tribal College Journal explores the various facets of wellness and related programming at TCUs.

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The Medicine Way

The Medicine Way

By Bradley Shreve
Sanapia was one of the last of the Comanche eagle doctors, utilizing indigenous medicine to treat Indigenous people. Today, tribal colleges and universities are developing new Native-centered healthcare and wellness programs for future generations.

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Rx for Indian Country: Tribal College Education

Rx for Indian Country: Tribal College Education

By Dina Horwedel
Tribal colleges and universities are working in their communities to identify factors that negatively impact health and are training the next generation of healthcare workers to deal with them. And they are making a difference—not just in the lives of their students, but in the lives of future patients.

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Very Good Medicine: Indigenous Humor and Laughter

Very Good Medicine: Indigenous Humor and Laughter

By Cynthia Lindquist with Mylo Redwater Smith
Humor is not only instinctive and a basic human need, but it is also very good medicine. Laughter boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, and is linked to healthy functioning organs.

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Four Legged Healers: Horse Culture as Medicine

Four Legged Healers: Horse Culture as Medicine

By Jessica White Plume
For tribal communities to overcome the health disparities that plague them, they need to honor Indigenous healthcare paradigms. The Horse Nation Initiative at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College embraces the people’s historical connection to the horse as an avenue to wellness.

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Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health

Connection and Community: Diné College Emphasizes Real-World Experience in Public Health

By Mark Bauer
The Summer Research Enhancement Program offers students a solid foundation in public health research methods and a hands-on internship in their home community to test their newly acquired skills.

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To Empower and Educate: Bringing Native Students into the Healthcare Professions

To Empower and Educate: Bringing Native Students into the Healthcare Professions

By Marielle Christine Leilani Young
At Cankdeska Cikana Community College, an introduction to community and public health class empowered students to pursue careers in the health sciences.

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Web Exclusive Feature

Promoting Nursing as a Career Choice for Native Americans

By Ahmed Al-Asfour

As the general population ages, healthcare is one profession that offers boundless career opportunities for tribal college students today.

The Inquisitive Academic

Louise, Larose, and a Love of Listening

By Ryann Winn

Load-up your smart phone! Audio books like Louise Erdrich's latest novel offer an easy way for the road-weary traveler to enjoy literature.

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Compassionate and Culturally Respectful Care: Producing Successful Nurses at Salish Kootenai College

By Kitt Adams

For a quarter century, Salish Kootenai College has led the way in healthcare programming at tribal colleges, devising the first RN program and now home to a full-scale nursing department with state-of-the art simulation technology and laboratories that give students hands-on experience in a culturally rooted setting.

Research

The Impact of an Educational Intervention on American Indian Students' Interest in the Health Professions

By Loretta Heuer, Marielle Christine Leilani Young, Cynthia Lindquist, Marilyn G. Klug, Ann Wadsworth, and Jonathan Ripp

Through a summer public health course at a tribal college, a research team discovered that students gained increased knowledge of various health professions - and a greater interest in pursuing them.

Web Exclusive Slide Show

Photo Highlights from the 2016 AIHEC Student Conference

Tribal college students, staff, faculty, and administrators gathered March 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the annual AIHEC Student Conference.

Current Reflections

Nursing at Tribal Colleges: A Conversation with Joe McDonald

Salish Kootenai College's founding president discusses the importance of nursing programs and why tribal colleges should train healthcare providers for their home communities.

Tribal College News

Navajo Technical University Invited to National Maker Faire

Navajo Technical University (NTU) participated in the Second Annual National Maker Faire June 18-19 in Washington, DC.  Sponsored by Barnes & Noble and other corporate sponsors, the Faire brings together inventors and innovators from schools, colleges, and the private industry. NTU participated in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Tribal Colleges and Universities Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship (more)

The Institute of American Indian Arts Prepares for Summer Writers Festival

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ (IAIA) Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program has announced the lineup for its 2016 Summer Writers Festival. The festival will take place July 23-30. Readings will begin each evening at 6:00 pm in the IAIA auditorium in the Library and Technology Center, located at 83 Avan Nu Po (more)

Scrubs Camp Coming to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Scrubs Camp Coming to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Going to summer camp is a longstanding tradition for teenagers, yet finding the right camp and focused activities can be a challenge. This summer, thanks to Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) and a collection of healthcare industry partners, there’s a new camp in town. FDLTCC’s first-ever Scrubs Camp comes to the college (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

SAFETY Act seeks to improve Indian schools and tribal colleges

The Obama administration and Congress are finally putting more money into Indian schools and a bill introduced in the Senate on Wednesday aims to build on that momentum. The Safe Academic Facilities and Environments for Tribal Youth Act, or SAFETY Act, is sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Montana) and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington).


Blackfeet Community College Celebrates Days of the Piikani with Tree Planting Blackfeet Community College Celebrates Days of the Piikani with Tree Planting

Blackfeet Community College planted a tree on the campus grounds in front of the administration building as part of the college’s Days of the Piikani.


Study Tallies Haskell Indian Nations University’s Economic Impact on Area Study Tallies Haskell Indian Nations University’s Economic Impact on Area

Haskell’s annual economic impact amounts to a total of $23.1 million in gross regional product, according to an analysis of the university’s economic impact and return on investment of education, completed in December and shared this month at Haskell’s spring board of regents meeting.


Opinion

Students and Leaders: New Conference Aims for Campus and Community Leadership

By Robin Máxkii
The AIHEC Student Congress is planning a new leadership conference designed especially for TCU students.(more)

Resource Guides

27-4 Summer 2016 “Good Medicine” Resource Guide

Native Culture, Health, and Education: An Annotated Bibliography Below is a listing and description of key sources in the field of health and wellness in Indian Country. Brave Heart, M. (2003). The Historical Trauma Response among Natives and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse: A Lakota Illustration. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 7-13. Brave Heart describes (more)

Media Reviews

To the Disappearance To the Disappearance

By Todd Fuller
Mongrel Empire Press (2015)
71 pages
Review by Brian Daffron

Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country

By Traci Brynne Voyles
University of Minnesota Press (2015)
304 pages
Review by Doug Brugge

Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands Qaqamiigux: Traditional Foods and Recipes from the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands

By Suanne Unger
Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (2014)
381 pages
Review by Elise Krohn

Research for Indigenous Survival: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences Research for Indigenous Survival: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences

By Lori Lambert
Salish Kootenai College Press (2014)
256 pages
Review by Wesley Thomas