Congratulations, Financial Good News, and Best Wishes

Aug 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-1: Tribal College Students Today
By Gerald E. Gipp, Ph.D.

GERALD E GIPPWelcome back to all the students, faculty, and staff at the tribal colleges as you resume classes over the coming weeks. During the 2007 legislative sessions in the states of Montana and North Dakota, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) community was pleased to learn of the successful campaigns by the tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to garner additional support from their respective state governments.

In Montana, because of a bill sponsored by Rep. Dr. Margarett Campbell (Poplar, MT), the legislature effectively doubled the amount of funding available for non-beneficiary tribal college students. In the state of North Dakota, the TCU presidents gained the unprecedented support of the state legislature for funding non-beneficiary tribal college students. In May 2007, the presidents of North Dakota’s tribal colleges joined Gov. John Hoeven at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND) in a signing ceremony for the legislation.

We congratulate all our TCU leaders for their perseverance in achieving these important accomplishments. (See story in On Campus in this issue.) We are happy to report that the youngest member college in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Wind River Tribal College, held its first graduation ever in May 2007.

Spring brought bouquets for Tribal College Journal (TCJ) and our staff, too. On April 25, the Board of Trustees in Mancos, CO, selected TCJ Publisher Rachael Marchbanks to fill an open seat on the town’s governing board. Marchbanks recently graduated from Leadership Montezuma.

In January, TCJ Editor Tina Deschenie started work on her doctorate in education from New Mexico State University. She also received a fellowship from the Magazine Publishers Association to attend a publishing course at Stanford University in July, 2007.

In June, TCJ received two EXCEL awards from the Society of National Association Publications. The first place award was for the column category and the second place award was for the cover photo illustration category. The Native American Journalists Association also awarded TCJ a second place in their general excellence awards category. Go to to see the winning entries.

The cover of our last issue caught the attention of UTNE READER in May. Vol. 18, N.4 of TCJ featured David Bradley’s painting entitled, “American Indian Gothic, Sitting Bull & Wife.” TCJ was featured in the magazine’s weekly online publication, “From the Stacks.”

This issue brings you the 2007 winning tribal college students’ writings. As usual, we eliminate some of the regular magazine departments for this issue to make room for the students’ work. We hope you enjoy it. Best wishes for the new academic year.

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