Top Online Articles of 2015: Tribal College Journal’s Most-Viewed

Dec 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Web Exclusive

As 2015 comes to a close, TCJ reflects on some of the highlights. Picked by you, our readers, here are the top ten articles read online in 2015:

2015 Articles

  1. Spiritual Journey By Rick Williams
    By chronicling his recent post-retirement experiences, the former president of the American Indian College Fund explains how tribal colleges have changed lives — including his own.
  2. An Open Letter By Ryan Winn
    Last year, The Atlantic published an article written by a journalism student entitled, “The Failure of Tribal Schools.” By selectively quoting outdated and biased sources, the writer sought to prove that money spent on tribally-controlled education was a wasted effort (despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary).  This is a retort written by a professor at College of Menominee Nation.
  3. Unlocking the Past: The O’odham Oral History Project Keeps Language and Culture Alive By Martha S. Lee
    Tohono O’odham Community College rediscovers elders’ oral histories, archiving and preserving them for future generations.
  4. Photo highlights from the 2015 AIHEC Student Conference
    A photo slideshow depicting all aspects of the popular annual tribal college event. See anyone you know?
  5. California Indians Seek to Establish a TCU By Patty Talahongva
    Native people living in their home state of California have been waiting a long time for the re-appearance of a tribal college. Supporters are working to resurrect D-Q University.
  6. Diné College Students Photographs Catch National Attention By Lori Tapahonso
    Five Diné College students traveled to the University of Colorado, Boulder for a gallery show of their photography work. Enitled “Tribal Eye Photo Workshop,” the exhibition was the culmination of a year-long environmental research project examining the changing world on the Navajo Reservation due to climate change.
  7. Native Characters in Children’s Books, Part Two: Pathfinders By Ryan Winn
    It’s no secret that the mainstream publishing industry has largely ignored American Indians. Fortunately, there is a growing number of niche and Native presses that are publishing books featuring Native characters and communities. Tribal colleges and universities can play an important supporting role by stocking their libraries with such publications.

From the Archives

  1. Cultural Property Rights: What’s Next After NAGPRA? By Marjane Ambler
    Native peoples’ cultural property rights have been violated over the years by researchers and other outsiders visiting reservations. Stealing sacred tribal knowledge and artifacts for personal gain continues to this day.
  2. Preserving the Wisdom: The Navajo Oral History Project By Tom Grier
    Students learn and retain skills better if they couple classroom lectures with active learning, working on real projects with meaningful outcomes. This served as the guiding philosophy of the Navajo Oral History Project, a documentary journalism collaboration between Diné College in the Navajo Nation and Winona State University in Minnesota.
  3. Some Legends Never Die: Jack Briggs and His Legacy of Leadership By Judy Schultz
    Lester “Jack” Briggs was a builder. He was a builder of lives; he was a builder of relationships, and, perhaps most importantly, he was a builder of bridges. In 1987, he was asked to help build a new tribal college for his home reservation.

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