New Land Grant Department Added

Aug 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights
By Marjane Ambler

At press time Oct. 18, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium received word that President Clinton was ready to sign an Executive Order for the Tribal Colleges.  The order culminates 20 years of work by the consortium staff and the tribal colleges.  It directs all agencies of the United States government to include tribal colleges whenever possible in federal plans for grants, contracts, and delivery of other federal services.  We will provide more details about this momentous event in the next issue.

In this issue, we introduce the Land Grant Department with our first feature by Thomas Davis on the Menominee Sustainable Development Institute. Congress agreed in October 1994 to designate the tribal colleges as land grant institutions. The landmark decision culminated three years of work by the tribal colleges and the staff of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Congress’s decision is designed to bring equitable agricultural programs to American Indian students for the first time.

In the Land Grant Department of the Tribal College Journal, we will spotlight the efforts of the tribal colleges in food and agricultural sciences, including both ongoing programs and new programs created under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s grant programs.

With this issue, we mark the first anniversary of the Journal’s move to Mancos, Colorado. We’re looking forward to the coming year and hope that you are, too.

OUR FUTURE ISSUE THEMES: Winter 1996-97: Ceremony; Spring 1997: Race and Ethnicity; Summer 1997: Transforming Native Research and Scholarship

The Summer 1997 issue on Transforming Research derives from the Native Research and Scholarship Symposium held on Orcas Island, Washington, in July 1996. The symposium featured primarily Native scholars and was sponsored by the Lannan Foundation, the Tribal College Journal, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and the All Nations Alliance for Minority Participation. The project is designed to influence both tribal colleges and mainstream institutions in their future research. The summer 1997 issue will discuss supporting traditional scholars (spiritual and cultural leaders), research collaboration between universities and reservation community scholars, changing research methodology, and tribal college research.

Write to us if you want more information about upcoming issues, and as always, we welcome your comments on this issue’s Journal articles.

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