Show your appreciation to dedicated service members

Feb 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-3: English Only?
By Gerald E. Gipp, Ph.D.

Gerald E. Gipp

We recently learned that a serviceman killed in Iraq was formerly a student at the Theodore Jamerson Elementary School on the United Tribes Technical College campus in Bismarck, ND.  Last November, Sheldon R. Hawk Eagle (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), 21, was among those killed in the crash of two Black Hawk helicopters in Mosul, Iraq. Also, many people have heard the story of PFC Lori Piestewa, a 22-year-old Hopi woman, who was killed last spring in Iraq.

These two people received national attention because they made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives while defending this country. However, these were just two of hundreds of American Indian soldiers serving the United States in foreign lands, many of them students or graduates of our tribal colleges and universities.

There is a long history of Indian people serving in all branches of the Armed Forces, starting with the American Revolution. Attend a pow wow gathering or any large meeting of American Indians, and you will see veterans carrying the flags of the United States and their tribal nations with pride. Additionally, many of our tribal colleges have memorials honoring the sacrifices of their tribal members in World Wars I and II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, and both Persian Gulf wars.

Americans hold differing viewpoints about war in general and the degree of U.S. involvement, but each of us appreciates the dedicated men and women willing to give their lives, the sacrifices they are willing to make, and the impact their decision has on their families.

Tribal colleges have expressed their gratitude by providing special education benefits to veterans. In an effort to demonstrate our gratitude, the TCJ is offering reduced-rate gift subscriptions – at $19 each – to active duty Native warriors. Please consider giving a one-year Tribal College Journal subscription to offer these service men and women the opportunity to stay in touch with their communities and hopefully inspire them to continue their education upon their return.

More information is offered on the card inserted in this edition. You can provide a specific name and address of the soldier – or soldiers – or the TCJ staff may choose a recipient for you. Your gift will be acknowledged with a gift card and with a list of the subscription recipients and the donors in the Fall 2004 issue.

Finally, we hope you like the new look of TCJ. Our staff worked closely with the designer, Walt Pourier at Nakota Designs, to make the Journal’s content more dynamic, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.

Enjoy this edition of the Tribal College Journal, and please remember that we always invite your comments and suggestions. You may contact me at or contact the Journal staff directly at or by calling (970) 533-9170.

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