8-3 “Ceremony” Resource Guide

Nov 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-3: Ceremony, Tribal College News


Native Professors Conference

The seventh annual Association of American Indian and Alaska Native Professors Conference will be April 25-26, 1997, on the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. The association and the conference are open to American Indian/Alaska Native professors (past, current, or potential) and graduate students at colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Detailed information will be sent to everyone listed in the current directory of the association. Individuals who are American Indian/Alaska Native and not listed should contact Dr. Karen Gayton Swisher, AAIANP conference coordinator at Teacher Education Department, Haskell Indian Nations University, 155 Indian Avenue Box 5016, Lawrence KS 66046-4800. Call (913) 749-8426, or e-mail kswisher@ross1.cc.haskell.edu.


Arizona State University will host the RETAIN (Retention in Education for Today’s American Indian Nations) conference March 8-11 in Tempe, Arizona. At the annual conference, educators trade strategies for keeping Indian students in school. For more information, contact the American Indian Institute at (602) 965-8044 or e-mail bergen@oir.arizona.edu.

International Indigenous Management

Saskatchewan Indian Federated College at the University of Regina has a training program to strengthen indigenous educational institutions in Latin America. Eleven Indian professionals received basic training in institutional administration, computers, and international indigenous studies. It is funded by SIFC and Canadian International Development Agency. For more information, contact Leonzo Barreno at SIFC, Centre for International Indigenous Studies, 118 College West, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan S4S 0A2. Call (306) 779-6302.

Global Response

Global Response is an international environmental action and education network that helps develop strategies for environmental emergencies. It works at the request of in-country environmental, indigenous, and peace and justice organizations. Global Response invites adults and students to participate by writing letters to targeted officials. Write to Global Response, P.O. Box 7490, Boulder CO 80306-7490. Call Paula Palmer at (303) 444-0306.


NAGPRA Documentary Video

“Science or Sacrilege: Native Americans, Archaeology & the Law,”  by Nicholas Nicastro is a documentary video that examines the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) and the underlying moral and political issues. This video can be used for courses in history, anthropology, archaeology, Native American studies, and museum studies. Reviewer Thomas P. Volman, professor of anthropology at Cornell University, says it is “balanced and thoughtful and provokes class discussion on a wide range of topics.” The purchase price is $195; one‑day rental fee is $70 plus $7 for shipping and handling. Contact Hilda Fong, University of California Extension Center for Media and Independent Learning, 2000 Center St., 4th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704. Phone 510‑642‑0460, fax 510‑643‑9271, or e‑mail cmil@uclink.berkeley.edu.

Agriculture Books

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society book catalog includes several related to indigenous agriculture. Other topics that could be used in a tribal college classroom include education, curricula, reference, indigenous science and medicine, history, stories, and legends. The catalog also includes videos and books for children and young readers. AISES is a private, non-profit organization. For a catalog, write AISES, 5661 Airport Blvd, Boulder CO 80301-2339, call (303) 939-0023, e-mail aiseshq@spot.colorado.edu.


Student Financial Aid

Tribal college students rely on student financial aid, but they are severely hampered by the limited availability of such support, according to a new report by the Institute for Higher Education Policy. The report, “Enhancing Opportunity: Student Aid at Tribal Colleges in the United States,” says that many U.S. college students receive a combination of federal, state, institutional, and private aid. However, tribal college students get virtually no support from states or institutions. The report was produced by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (Alexandria, Virginia) and the Washington, D.C.,-based Institute for Higher Education Policy, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization. Copies of the 10-page report are available for free from the Institute at 1930 18th St. NW Suite 24, Washington, D.C. 20009. Call (202) 588-8383 or fax (202) 588-8379.

College Guide

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society has released its latest College Guide for American Indians, which it says is the only college guide for American Indian students. It includes data on colleges (including tribal colleges), universities, and financial aid; resources and references; articles; and student success stories.

Native Breast Cancer

Through the Northern Looking Glass: Breast Cancer Stories Told by Northern Native Women gives voice to the breast cancer experiences of 13 Northern Native women from Labrador and Alaska. It is written by Lori Colomea, Ph.D., RN, who works in the nursing department at Salish Kootenai College. Colomea tells how the women survived in the harsh northern environment and returned to their culture, family support, spirituality, and healing. Royalties from the sale of the book are targeted for scholarships in breast cancer research for student nurses in the forthcoming Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at SKC. The book is published by the National League for Nursing Press in New York. To order copies, call the league at (800) 669-9656 ext. 219 or call the SKC Bookstore at (406) 675-4800.

IAIA Anthology of Plays

The Institute of American Indian Arts has published its first anthology of plays. “Theater is a natural medium of expression for Native Americans,” according to the introduction, but this is the first anthology of Native American playwrights in the United States, according to IAIA. The 147-page book sells for $8 and joins seven books of stories, poems, and essays published by IAIA since 1989. Contact the Creative Writing Program, Institute of American Indian Arts, P.O. Box 20007, Santa Fe NM 87504 or call (505) 988-6440. Bulk rates available.

National Museum of American Indian

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian has expanded its Home Page site on the World Wide Web. It includes more than 60 pages of text with full color images and information on NMAI programs and services. It also links Web-users to additional Internet-based information about Native Americans. The home page address is http://www.si.edu/nmai.

Traditional Tobacco Seed Bank

Any Native American needing the seeds (or leaves) of the type of sacred tobacco used by his or her tribe, band, or first nation can receive them at no cost, as long as they agree to use the tobacco for prayers, ceremonies, and other traditional purposes, and not for so‑called “recreational” smoking. The University of New Mexico tobacco education program seeks to eliminate the use of commercial tobacco by Native youth. Contact Joe Winter and Lawrence Shorty, Traditional Native American Tobacco Seed Bank and Education Program, University of New Mexico, 1717 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131. Phone (505) 277‑5853 or E-mail jwinter@unm.edu.

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