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Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

HINU PRESIDENT LINDA SUE WARNER

LINDA SUE WARNER. HINU president explores wellness and indigenizing college programs. Photo courtesy of HINU.

Spokane Tribal College now has two sites in Washington state, a main office in Wellpinit and classrooms at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Gonzaga offered former museum space so that Native Americans living in the city of Spokane could take advantage of tribal college education. Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) also supports the tribal college; it is accredited through SKC. In an Indian Country Today article by Jack McNeel, SKC President Joe McDonald says, “The Salish, Kootenai, and Spokanes are very closely related. We speak very much the same language and share many of the same families. This is another step in the development of the college. My hat is off to Gonzaga for opening the door.”

Dr. Eulynda J. Toledo (Diné) was featured in Diverse magazine’s Nov. 29, 2007, cover story regarding her work with the Boarding School Healing Project. Toledo is also an early childhood instructor at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, NM. The Boarding School Healing project deals with intergenerational trauma of the Native American boarding school era. For information on the project, visit www.boardingschoolhealingproject.org.

Linda Sue Warner (Comanche) took up the reins as president of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS, last year. Warner is looking at how to further Indigenize the school in all departments and to increase wellness, according to an article by Mary Pierpoint in Indian Country Today. She plans to invite people to walk more and will work with the cafeteria staff so they might cook and serve healthier meals. Warner has encouraged everyone to see themselves as teachers and to help others become their own success stories. Staff members are asked to think into the future about how they affect others positively. In the article, Warner is quoted, ‘”You know, when I came here, I told them we are in Kansas. Some people may think I am the wicked witch of the West or Glinda the good witch of the North; I just tell them, ‘I don’t have a magic wand. All I promised was that I would be accountable, respectful, cooperative, and honest; that is who I am.’”

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