TCJ Contributors’ Move Beyond Our Pages

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge
By Marjane Ambler, editor

Long-time readers of Tribal College Journal may be interested in knowing about the current work of the previous editor, Paul Boyer, and of writers and photographers who have contributed to the journal in the past.

Paul Boyer, who founded the journal in 1989, is now an independent education writer in Chestertown, Md. He has recently completed a report for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching entitled Native American Colleges: Progress and Prospects, which we talk about elsewhere in this issue. With his father, the late Dr. Ernest Boyer, Paul also co-authored a Peterson’s guide, Smart Parents Guide to Colleges. Ernest Boyer died as the book was nearing completion. The book describes the best ways to identify quality education and select the right institution, rather than depending upon the reputations of “name-brand” institutions.

After Sherrole Benton’s article about the history of the Grand Entry appeared in the Spring 1997 issue of the journal, she was invited to be a guest on Native America Calling, the national call-in radio program distributed by American Indian Radio on Satellite. Benton (Oneida/Ojibwe) is an instructor and public relations officer at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.

The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo., is exhibiting the photographs of Sara Wiles, a cultural anthropologist in Lander, Wyo. Some of these photographs of contemporary Arapaho elders, children, and families were first published in the Winter 1996-96 issue of Tribal College Journal. The exhibit is entitled “Ni’iihi’: in a Good Way.” It explains that the Arapahos continue to follow cultural values and traditions that enable them to live “in a good way.” The exhibit will be available for travel in 1998.

Charmaine White Face, a Lakota author in Rapid City, has written a chapter in a book about the death penalty, Frontiers of Justice, published by Biddle Publishing Co. in Brunswick, Maine. She discusses reasons for the extraordinary number of American Indians on death row. The book, which has been endorsed by former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and actor Edward Asner, deplores capital punishment.

Peter Iverson, Arizona State University history professor, has two new books in the works. Barry Goldwater: Native Arizonan will be published by the University of Oklahoma Press in September. The book discusses development issues in the Southwest in the context of Goldwater’s relationships with the Hopis and Navajos and his role in Southwestern political disputes. Iverson’s text on American Indians in the 20th century will be published in 1998.

NEXT ISSUE, Fall 1997, “Culture and Curriculum”: Vernon Finley (Kootenai) describes the innovative cultural leadership program at Salish Kootenai College and Paul Willeto (Navajo) tells of the progress in integrating the Dine Philosophy of Education at Dine College (formerly Navajo Community College).

As always, we welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions. Let us know how we’re doing!

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