Tribal College Community Names in the News

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News


ELVIS OLD BULL, JR. The 2007 LBHC graduate and Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar now attends Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO.

Elvis Old Bull, Jr. (Crow), a graduate of Little Big Horn College (LBHC, Crow Agency, MT), was named a 2007 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar for Men’s Basketball, Second Team. He earned a 3.4 GPA during the Fall 2006 semester at LBHC. Old Bull, Jr. graduated in spring 2007 with an associate degree in Business Administration and was the Region IX Conference Scoring Leader last season. The Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars were featured in the April 5, 2007, issue of Diverse magazine.

Juanita Pahdopony (Comanche), instructor, poet, and artist, also interim dean of academics at Comanche Nation College (Lawton, OK) was among several featured artists in the “American Icons Through Indigenous Eyes” art exhibit curated by Suzan Shown Harjo for the District of Columbia Arts Center in Washington, DC. Pahdopony showed several works: her version of a Comanche map from more than a century ago and a mixed media decrying the war against Indigenous people at the southern border, among others.

Richard Williams (Oglala Lakota), president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund since 1997, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters, by Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, on May 19. Roger Williams University President Roy J. Nirschel said, “Mr. Williams’s commitment to spreading knowledge and understanding of American Indian culture and advancing educational opportunities for young American Indians serves as an example to all of our graduates.”

As the leader of the American Indian College Fund, Williams helps award more than 6,000 scholarships to American Indian students to attend a tribal college or university each year.

Dr. Denise Low-Weso is the new Poet Laureate of Kansas. Her term began July 1, 2007, and ends June 30, 2009. Low-Weso is the interim dean of the College of Humanities and Arts at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. Her poetry has been published in books, periodicals, and anthologies throughout the nation. She has also received local and national recognition from the Kansas Arts Commission, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Academy of American Poets, the Newberry Library, the Landon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Low-Weso was selected based on the following criteria: poetry excellence, professionalism, and her plan to advance poetry in Kansas. Low-Weso says, “I want to celebrate the many readers and poets across the state who sustain a life of the mind as well as deep love for the land,” she said.

“During these next several years, I hope to share my own excitement about poetry with our libraries, colleges, public schools, arts centers, and alliances, and reading groups.”

Stephen Fadden (Akwesasne Mohawk) is the Institute of American Indian Art’s (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Native American Humanities Scholar (NAHS) for the 2007-2008 academic year. Fadden will lead an innovative program implementing digital humanities research through the first visiting tribal college scholars program.

During his tenure as the NEH Scholar, Fadden will also strengthen the IAIA’s efforts to promote quality-driven humanities programming through online-based distance learning as a means of broadening the voice and perspectives of Indigenous people.

Fadden holds a Master’s Degree in Communications from Cornell University and brings 15 years of expertise in research, teaching, and distance education concerning Native American topics to his post.

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