Presenting the Annual Student Edition and Looking Ahead

Aug 15th, 2002 | By | Category: 14-1: Honoring Our Students
By Marjane Ambler

With this annual issue, we present to you the creative work of our tribal college students. This is the eighth year that the Tribal College Journal has published a volume of student creative writing. We are especially proud of Tamara Moore-LeBeau, who wrote her story in both English and Lakota.

Acclaimed Diné poet Luci Tapahonso has written the introduction this year. She, too, likes seeing that the students reflect their Native cultures in their writing while they also touch upon contemporary concerns. She points out that the students’ poetry and short stories demonstrate the viability of indigenous story telling.

In the past, TCJ Student was a separate publication, which was distributed to the tribal colleges only. Because of the strong reader interest in students’ writing, we now include it in the journal and send it to all our subscribers. We think some of their work deserves a wider audience, and we welcome your suggestions on how to make that happen.

For our next issue, TCJ is publishing an Anniversary Collectors’ Edition to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in 2003. As you know, AIHEC is the organization that the tribal colleges formed to help them with advocacy and technical support. We hope to make this special issue full color, cover to cover, with a book binding. This keepsake issue will be released in November 2002.

It will include:

  • An article by Paul Boyer, who interviewed tribal college founders about whether their initial dreams have been fulfilled in the last 30 years
  • Predictions by several of the tribal college movements’ visionaries about what the next 30 years will bring
  • Student essays on the person in their tribal college who has influenced them the most
  • Profiles of extended families whose lives have been dramatically changed by the tribal college experiences of two or more generations
  • A full-color, reader service section highlighting each tribal college, including the reservation served, the chartering tribe (or tribes), and the year the college joined AIHEC.
  • A foldout map showing each college’s geographic location.
  • A timeline showing founding dates for the 33 tribal colleges and their organizations, such as the AIHEC and the American Indian College Fund

Many skeptics scoffed at educators who suggested that American Indian people could build their own colleges. They predicted they would be very short-lived. That was more than 30 years ago. We thank you, the readers, for your support of the colleges over the years. As always, we invite your participation as we celebrate this momentous occasion.

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