In a salute to the 2007 Students of the Year, TCJ provides a snapshot of six of the winning students’ typical college days and a glimpse into their life-shaping journeys. Also, three tribal college presidents discuss their journeys from students to leaders.
19-1: Tribal College Students Today
This article is based on a 3-year research study of students attending various tribal colleges in science fields who transitioned to larger universities to complete their degrees. The study sought to determine the most common experiences, successes, and challenges of the students.
The tribal colleges in South Dakota hosted the 26th Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in Rapid City, SD, in March 2007. Various student competitions culminated in nearly 200 students receiving awards in a 3-hour ceremony. The results are posted on the Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD) website, www.olc.edu (Click on (more)
From the Southwest to the Upper Midwest, and the Rockies to the Northwest, students share glimpses into their life-shaping journeys.
The presidents of Nebraska Indian Community College, Sitting Bull College, and Little Big Horn College reveal how they chose to come back as leaders.
Wind River Tribal College sponsored its first open reading of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction in the reservation border town of Lander, WY, last May. The event at the Open Door Café featured readings by 6 people from the local community and 15 students and faculty from the college, which is located 30 miles away in (more)
Comanche Nation College (CNC, Talequah, OK) and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) are collaborating to address the science and math needs of diverse learners. The grant program is administered through the National Institutes of Health INBRE program (IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence). This program builds state capacity to carry out biomedical (more)
Fort Belknap College (FBC, Harlem, MT) faculty and students are learning about and responding to pollutants within human bodies as well as about bacterial infection, H. pylori, which has surfaced on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Students in the college’s Allied Health program participated in a special topics workshop that focused on the rise of (more)
Gaylene DuCharme of Blackfeet Community College (BCC, Browning, MT) declared, “We have a hero among us” in her email about Chico Reyes (Blackfeet) who saved a child’s life in January 2007. Reyes’s heroic action was heralded in a letter printed in the Glacier Reporter. The Quinn family’s letter recounts how their 5-year-old son choked on (more)
Several tribal colleges have named new presidents within the last 14 months. The appointments include several tribal college veterans and two graduates of the leadership development program sponsored by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation. Most recently, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, (more)