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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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

Fund to support new environmental project

The American Indian College Fund has announced that it will endow a new environmental science and sustainability project designed to address the myriad environmental issues that many tribal communities face. The project, funded by a $1.35 million grant, will support tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) by underwriting environmental science and sustainability programs of study and (more)

Will Strongheart of LCOOCC  voted AIHEC slam poet of the year Will Strongheart of LCOOCC voted AIHEC slam poet of the year

Students from tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) throughout North America gathered Saturday night at the Montana Convention Center in Billings for the inaugural American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) student congress poetry slam. Kicking off the AIHEC student conference, 29 students participated in the slam, with Will Strongheart of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (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)

CCCC students named to all-North Dakota academic team

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND) announced that Tausha Rainey and Myron Wanna Jr. have been named to the 2014 all-North Dakota academic team. The students were honored at a dinner and awards ceremony held at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Eleven North Dakota community college students were named to (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)