People in the News

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News
  • David Yarlott (Crow/Korean), Ed.D.,

    DAVID YARLOTT, Ed.D. Photo by Dennis Neumann

    president of Little Big Horn College (LBHC, Crow Agency, MT), is one of seven 2008 National TRIO Achievers. He was given the award during the 27th Annual TRIO conference in Washington, DC, in September 2008. Yarlott, who earned an associate degree from the tribal college, has been president at LBHC since 2002. In 2006, Leah Carpenter (White Earth Band of Ojibwe), president of Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN) was a recipient. Criteria for selection includes: being a former TRIO project participant, being a person of high stature in his/her profession, and making significant civic or community contributions. TRIO is part of a congressionally established series of programs that help low-income Americans enter college, graduate, and move on to participate more fully in America’s economic and social life. These programs are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and are referred to as the TRIO Programs (initially just three programs). While student financial aid programs help students overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education.

  • Jamie Merisotis, founding president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy and now president of the Lumina Foundation was honored at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Board’s summer retreat. (Lumina provided funding for the initial AIHEC AIMS initiative.) The AIHEC board thanked him for his longstanding advocacy and support for the tribal college movement and his leadership in establishing the Kellogg Minority Serving Institutions Leadership Initiative and the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education.
  • Dr. Lanny Real Bird (Crow), business instructor at Little Big Horn College (LBHC, Crow Agency, MT), has developed new Crow and Hidatsa language and culture instructional material in DVDs, CDs, and in print, such as flash cards. His next effort is to work on materials in the Mandan language. As the producer, director, and writer of his teaching materials, Real Bird and several associates present teaching and reinforcement methods for language learning. The methods promote three teaching approaches: first, an “immersion” approach, then “repetitive” practice, and “interactive” learning using the Plains Sign Language. Real Bird has also produced a video for orientating new instructors to American Indian students. In the video, he introduces resiliency strategies and leadership perspectives from two Crow elders, Dr. Barney Old Coyote and Dr. Janine Pease, about leaving the reservation and thriving in the mainstream. For more information, call Dr. Lanny Real Bird at (406) 638-3129, or email him at
  • United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp (Hunkpapa Lakota) addressed the Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO, in August. His was one in a series of talks by so-called “real people” who have been asked to offer ideas on the theme of “Renewing America’s Promise.” Gipp focused on American Indians in his talk and also spoke about the role of tribal higher education in the process of rebuilding tribal nations. “I consider it an honor to be selected,” says Gipp. “It’s uncommon to have access to this kind of audience for expressing a tribal viewpoint. It says something about change in America.”
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