Editor’s Note: Below is a brief guide to accessible resources, which researchers may use as a starting point for further inquiry on tribal college communities. Cheryl Crazy Bull compiled this guide from a more exhaustive list which she and the American Indian College Fund often consult. American Indian College Fund. (2012). Woksape Oyate: Reports of (more)
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By Cheryl Crazy Bull
The tribal college founders sought to establish institutions rooted in place, extending beyond academic and workforce education. They dreamed of colleges and universities that served as centers of tribal and community life. In this feature article, the president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund recounts some of the ways that TCUs engage with their communities.
Governance at tribal colleges and universities differs from that at mainstream institutions. Although regional accreditation requirements necessitate the implementation of some Western standards, TCUs have forged their own leadership models that make their governance an act of sovereignty.
Editor’s Note: The Hechinger Report and the Atlantic Monthly recently published an article criticizing tribal colleges and universities. It has since come to light that neither publication thoroughly vetted the article to assure that it accurately and fairly portrayed TCUs, choosing instead to run the piece despite its inaccuracies and disingenuous reporting. As a result (more)
Anpo Inajin Win—Stands at Dawn Woman—is a fitting name for Sherry Red Owl. She greets each day as a new opportunity and has spent her life working at new things.
For over 40 years, tribal colleges and universities have devised innovative programs to address behavioral and tribal health. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, looks back at the progress made and details current strategies and initiatives.
Tribal colleges and universities have emerged as exceptional institutions—and their leaders still have promises to keep and new goals to achieve.
Recently, I witnessed many Native people of all ages and tribes sharing Native intellectual knowledge of generosity, talent, leadership, and spirituality at the gathering of the Woksape Oyate. Lakota for “Wisdom of the People,” Woksape Oyate is a project of the American Indian College Fund meant to build intellectual capital at tribal colleges.
One of the most remarkable, rewarding, and challenging experiences is being called to serve in a leadership role at a tribal education institution. From the time I first moved into tribal college administration in 1983, I have been in awe of both the personal challenges and the many opportunities.
Research that revitalizes our cultural traditions and ways of living is sacred work, essential to our survival.