Greetings from New Editor

Aug 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 18-1: The Winding Road to Student Success, Editor's Essay
By Tina Deschenie

IN WITH THE NEW. The staff of the Tribal College Journal now includes Publisher Rachael Marchbanks, Office Manager Marvene Tom, and new Editor Tina Deschenie. Not pictured is Advertising Representative Laura Hawes.

Bookworm that I am, I greatly enjoyed being guest editor for this year’s TCJ Student Edition. The student writings reflect an incredible mix of ideas and experiences. And since we always need more Native writers, promoting them is both essential and gratifying.

Entering the world of the Tribal College Journal has been an exciting challenge; my reading has become much more intense while editing copy. The best parts of this work for me are learning and sharing in the lives and work of other people.

Serving as the next editor of Tribal College Journal will be a natural extension of my many years working in Indian education.

I met Marjane Ambler at Maria’s Bookstore in Durango, CO, over 2 years ago, when I was reading my poetry along with other area poets. Generously she invited me to write a profile on Victoria Tso, 2004 AIHEC Student Congress president, and after that I was hooked on TCJ and the tribal colleges. In my work with Marjane, she has been the consummate bá’ólta’í (in Diné, the word for teacher also translates to “the one you read for.”) I couldn’t have found a better mentor.

From my work at the Crownpoint Institute of Technology, from my experience as a student at Diné College, and as an admirer of tribal colleges in general, I am deeply honored to become the new editor and to contribute to the tribal college commitment to Indian education and Indian country. Ahéhee (thank you).

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