A Unplanned Return to the Past and Accolades Abound

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education
By Marjane Ambler

On the brink of the millennium, we glimpsed the abyss. For 10 frightening days, we had no computer access due to a computer virus, and we wondered whether this issue of the journal would ever reach you.

Although momentarily tempted to attack the computers with monkey wrenches, we did not become Luddites. We value the technology. We remember what it was like to literally cut and tape our typewritten stories and to watch the linotype pour hot lead to form sentences. The printer utilized a traditional practical joke, “printer’s lice,” to teach humility. In contrast, the virus was a random act of vandalism. The virus, Groovie, arrived in an e-mail and was not purposefully directed at us, a crueler lesson in humility.

We cannot give up our computers. Our digitized articles and photographs arrive via telephone lines; we send disks to the designer, G&G Advertising, in New Mexico, who compiles it all into a zip disk for Kendall Printing in northern Colorado. Instead, we must reduce our vulnerability, updating our virus protection software every month–NOT quarterly as we did before.

Moving on to happier subjects, we want to announce some recent awards and accolades:

  • For the third year in a row, the Native American Journalists Association has given the Tribal College Journal an honorable mention award in the General Excellence category. Much of the credit goes to our designer for the past four years, G&G Advertising.
  • G&G Advertising has launched a multimillion dollar media campaign to encourage American Indians to participate in the census. The Census 2000 campaign features Ron McNeil, president of Sitting Bull College and a descendent of Sitting Bull, as a model.
  • The Durango Arts Center awarded best of show to Navajo artist Two Feathers for his art that appeared on the cover of the Vol. X, N.3 journal last spring. His ink and color pencil drawing, “Coming into Existence,” depicts the rebirth of the Navajo nation and neighboring tribes after many years of adversity. Signed prints are available from Two Feathers by contacting him at 970/533-1931 or spirit@mail.fone.net
  • Both the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities have awarded fellowships to Peter Iverson, whose article on Indians and cattle ranching appeared in the Vol.VII, N.2 journal. Iverson will spend the year compiling a history of the Diné (Navajo) people.
  • Montana Governor Marc Racicot has named Deborah Wetsit, Ed.D. (Assiniboine) to the Montana Board of Regents. Wetsit’s article on distance education appeared in the Vol.X, N.3 journal.
  • Phi Theta Kappa has selected a poem by Jody Barnes (Menominee) for publication in its literary anthology, Nota Bene. Barnes is a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, and her writing appeared in Tribal College Student in both 1998 and 1999. Phi Theta Kappa is the official honor society for two-year colleges.

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