Job Opportunities Added to Website

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special
By Marjane Ambler, editor

This time each quarter, we find ourselves drowning in miles and miles of sentences, each of which could be written in a myriad of ways. There are a lot of words and commas in 52 pages, and the details can be daunting.

When we get to talk to a student, however, we remember what makes it all worthwhile. In readers’ surveys that we have received, your message came through loudly. You want to hear more from the students, faculty, and alumni. In our next issue, we will include our annual publication, Tribal College Student, which is devoted entirely to writing by students.

For this issue, we talked with Jody Barnes, an accomplished poet and short story writer who is honing her talents at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. For years, the typical tribal college student has been the single mother, like Jody, who in fact must behave as “double parents” and also juggle their studies and work schedules. Jody’s eloquent voice gives one parent’s perspective on special education.

This past week Morgan Wheeler Two Moons told us how much he values the personal attention he has received at two tribal colleges, Dull Knife Memorial College and the Institute of American Indian Arts. He found other colleges he attended “very, very competitive.” At Dull Knife in Montana, the academic vice president, Judi Davis, helped him discover his career path in museum studies. Davis understands the tribal college students who take circular paths to their destiny. Judi was a high school drop out with a GED herself before she graduated from Dull Knife. Now she has a master’s degree in multicultural education and provides a role model for students at the college.

Teachers also value the intimacy at tribal colleges, even though they get paid much less than their colleagues at other colleges and must wear several hats—administrator, teacher, social worker, and grant writer. We frequently receive calls from instructors who would like to teach at tribal colleges. Consequently, we created a Job Opportunities page on our website where tribal colleges and other universities and organizations can list job openings for $25 per month. We also invite job applicants to list their resumes on the site. Go to <> and click on “Job Opportunities.”

Libraries and institutional subscribers may have noticed that some issues of the Tribal College Journal are now available in full text from Ethnic NewsWatch. Ethnic NewsWatch has over 25,000 articles from more than 25 Native publications. For their announcement about adding the journal, see In addition, EBSCO Information Services has started making current issues of the journal available in full text in their elite version. We hope this will further assist the researchers who rely upon the journal for their work.

Thanks again to the readers who told us your reactions to articles or your ideas for spreading the word about tribal colleges.  We encourage you to keep in touch with us via email or snail mail and let us know how we are doing.

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