TCJ Receives Enthusiastic Response to ‘Heroes’ Issue

May 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 14-4: Cultural Resilience
By Marjane Ambler

We appreciated the enthusiastic response to our last issue, Your Heroes are not Ours. The calls, letters, and reader surveys indicated a great hunger for the American Indian perspective on historic events, including the journey of discovery by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark 200 years ago. Some of the letters are printed in this issue.

One of the more unusual calls came from Butch Bouvier of <keelboats. com>, who makes historic replicas of boats, including the 55-foot keelboat used by Lewis and Clark. Bouvier wants to include our material in the literature he distributes to teachers.

One man called to order 10 copies to distribute to friends and family who might be traveling along the Lewis and Clark trail in the coming year. We welcome such requests from people who want to help spread the word about tribal colleges and universities.

Although the tribal college movement is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, there are still thousands of people who do not know that tribal colleges have created their own reservation-based institutions of post-secondary education.

We are happy to announce that we received a grant from the National Park Service’s Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail to reprint 10,000 copies of the “Your Heroes are Not Ours” issue to distribute along the trail. This will help spread the word about tribal colleges and about the American Indian perspective on Lewis and Clark.

The Montana Committee for the Humanities will be reprinting the article by Dr. Richard Littebear, “Beyond Discovery: Lewis and Clark from an Indigenous Perspective.”

Ikce Wicasta (The Common People Journal) is reprinting several articles from that issue, including Littlebear’s and Dorreen Yellow Bird’s “Bicentennial Offers Opportunities for Tourism and Good Will.” Ikce Wicasta is an independent, quarterly magazine in Peever, SD, focusing primarily upon the Dakota and Nakota people of the Sioux Nation. Florestine Kiyukanpi Renville (Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota) is the publisher.

A correction to our last issue: The fine photographs of the Salish Kootenai College pageant were taken by Leslie M. Camel, who was the college’s Digital Arts and Design Program’s first graduate last year, and now she manages the program.

If you have not responded to the reader survey in the last issue, there is still time to send it in. We always value your input about the journal.

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