TCJ founders, readers, professors reflect on two decades

Aug 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 21-1: Celebrating Tribal College Journal's 20th Anniversary, Features


I enjoy reading the Student Issue of TCJ because it gives me an insight into some of the current thinking of this generation of students and youth. I also use the TCJ as a research tool because the articles are well-researched, timely, and Indigenous-based. The issues are wide-ranging, and that makes each issue highly interesting. I also read the TCJ to see what is happening at other tribal colleges that we may be able to use at Chief Dull Knife College.

Dr. Richard E. Littlebear, president Chief Dull Knife College

The TCJ is an invaluable source of information, and it is difficult to choose a “favorite” part! I usually go to the campus shorts first as I like to read about what is going on at our sister institutions. I also greatly enjoy any student-written article, poem, or story, as their perspective and insight is most helpful to me as a president. I like the photos from the various campuses to see progress and change but also to garner ideas for our campus. I have on several occasions requested back copies for specific articles that I use in speeches or reports, i.e. investment return on higher education or the success stories of our students. I appreciate the writings of colleagues and the caliber of those writings. Tribal College Journal is the voice of our institutions, and I am proud to be part of that circle.

Dr. Cynthia Lindquist Mala, president Cankdeska Cikana Community College

From 1990 until I returned to the Bureau of Indian Education in 2007, I worked in research in universities on projects that often included Indian education. Throughout that time, the Tribal College Journal was a particular asset because it provided essays that contributed to the research agenda I maintained, but also because it kept me up-to-date on those individuals who were most knowledgeable in Indian Country. If I needed to follow up on a concept or practice, I could find the resource in your journal. Over the years, I have never asked for information from one of the resources found in your journal without getting a positive, immediate response. I think this speaks to the professionalism of the journal staff and your contributors, and I personally appreciate your work. I am honored to serve as a member of your advisory board and look forward to the journal’s continued success.

Dr. Linda Sue Warner, president Haskell Indian Nations University


Congratulations to Tribal College Journal on your 20th anniversary!! I have enjoyed reading TCJ over the years and especially appreciate the growing amount of news and articles about the work done at tribal colleges across North America. I particularly enjoy the biographical sketches of tribal college students and look forward to seeing articles in the future about the achievements of tribal college alumni. Best wishes for the next 20 years.

Bob Bigart Salish Kootenai College

My tenure and experience with the tribal college movement spans 20 years at my home here on the Rosebud Sioux reservation. I had numerous conversations with my relative, Sinte Gleska University President Lionel R. Bordeaux, during those early years. I was aware of the initiatives that he promoted on behalf of AIHEC and the manner in which they would eventually impact all of the tribal colleges. I was aware of the Tribal College Journal when it first came rolling off of the presses. It is an excellent publication as it keeps those of us who are so isolated informed of the exciting projects, which many of the developing tribal colleges are experiencing.

Dr. Archie Beauvais Mission, SD

There have been several areas where things I have read in TCJ have significantly impacted me. Some years back TCJ and AIHEC sponsored a workshop on Orcas Island, WA, on Indigenous research. The discussions were wonderful – inspiring really – and did much to shape my philosophy in approaching research in Native communities. Following the workshop, TCJ published an issue on the subject. The second topic that really affected me was when TCJ covered the topic of historical trauma. As a Native person, I see the effects of individual and collective trauma, including historical trauma, all around me in my home community. The topic was timely and significant.

Dr. Thomas D. Peacock, associate dean College of Education and Human Service Professions University of Minnesota Duluth


RUTH ROESSEL. The Navajo educator has read the Tribal College Journal since its inception. TCJ file photo

TCJ started with a small grant to Salish Kootenai College from the Carnegie Foundation. The grant was to pay the costs of the publication for one year. We hired Paul Boyer who was a graduate student at California State University. He gathered the articles, published the journal, and distributed it. We were concerned at first that we would not have enough articles to keep it going, but that has certainly not been a problem. Marjane Ambler took over as editor of the periodical and moved the office to southern Colorado where the office remains today.

The journal has been invaluable in providing an avenue for the tribal colleges to share what is going on in their respective schools. It provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to have their writings published in a creditable journal. It gives the tribal colleges and associated organizations exposure to the higher education and governmental communities. It has been vital in helping the tribal colleges tell their stories.

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