Efforts to challenge construction of a section of an oil pipeline to protect the water resources of the Missouri River and Lake Oahe are on the agenda for discussion during the United Tribes Tribal Leader’s Summit. The 20th annual gathering of tribal leaders from the Great Plains region and around the country is scheduled for (more)
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At tribal colleges and universities, students, faculty, and staff have deep connections to their local communities, inspiring them to work toward their improvement. This fall issue of Tribal College Journal explores the spirit of volunteerism as it is manifested in a variety of programs, initiatives, and campaigns.
One of the many distinguishing features of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) is that their students, faculty, and staff have deep connections to the local community. Many enter into college with the intention of improving themselves so they can improve their tribe. Such an ethos is central to tribalism and American Indian cultures. Hence, it (more)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Sinte Gleska University (SGU) helps the Sicangu Lakota people do their taxes for free. SGU has been partnering with the IRS to provide VITA services for over 14 years. The program has potentially saved over $9,900 in filing fees and has brought back over $76,000 in refunds (more)
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) criminal justice instructor Joe Bouchard has successfully accomplished what a popular television show could not. Avolunteer for a trails group in western Upper Peninsula Michigan, Bouchard has found Bigfoot. The discovery occurred through a Baraga County Trails in Motion-sponsored event called, “Snowshoeing with Sasquatch.” The family event where everyone (more)
“Volunteering helps our students as far as character and being committed—and they can add it to their resume,” Jennifer Martel says, smiling. As the Sitting Bull College (SBC) visitor center coordinator, Martel frequently facilitates volunteering opportunities in the community for students, especially with elders. Martel, herself a graduate of SBC, has volunteered in community groups (more)
In this TCJ-exclusive interview, Diné College student Dallas Peterman discusses his 95-mile trek cleaning up the highways of the Navajo Nation.
White Earth Tribal and Community College will host a Creative Storytelling Intensive (CSI) camp to improve college readiness in reading and writing, utilizing a storytelling model as its framework. CSI camp is aimed at strengthening student educational interests through exploration of individual gifts and talents (Mikagaadeg wendjising) where the college utilizes an experiential learning model (more)
The Department of the Interior has awarded $995,000 to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to be disbursed among 22 tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), including the two Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)-operated post-secondary schools: Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. AIHEC works (more)
Faculty and students of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) helped revive a long-lost tribal tradition with the summer staging of a pageant that was last presented in the 1960s. The setting was the Menominee Nation’s Woodland Bowl. The outdoor theater was constructed in 1937 to host popular community theatrical productions known as the Menominee (more)