Exploring the Food Environment on the Spirit Lake Reservation

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By Swaha Pattanaik, M.P.H.; Abby Gold, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.; Lacey McKay, B.A.S.; Lane Azure, Ph.D.; and Mary Larson, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.R.D.

INTRODUCTION The purpose of this research project was to understand the food environment of the Fort Totten community on the Spirit Lake reservation in east-central North Dakota, as perceived by tribal members and employees at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC). According to a 2010 report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the food (more)

The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters: Dakota Kaskapi Okicize Wowapi

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By Clifford Canku and Michael Simon Minnesota Historical Society Press (2013) 226 pages Review by Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz While searching through folders and boxes of research materials, many historians have seen and held letters written by Dakota people 150 years ago during the Dakota War. Archived and preserved, these letters have been regarded as both (more)

Claiming Tribal Identity: The Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment

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By Mark Edwin Miller University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 475 pages Review by Charles Cambridge Historically, treaties, Congress, executive orders, or federal court decisions legalized American Indian tribes’ relationship with the United States. In 1978, the federal acknowledgment process (25 C.F.R. Part 83) within the Department of Interior was created to handle the hundreds of (more)

Indians and the Political Economy of Colonial Central America, 1670–1810

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By Robert W. Patch University of Oklahoma Press (2013) 284 pages Review by Justin R. Bucciferro In this book, Robert W. Patch provides a detailed look into the administrative economic organization of the Kingdom of Guatemala over the course of the 18th century. At the time, this region encompassed modern Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and (more)

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

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By Robin Wall Kimmerer Milkweed Editions (2013) 390 pages Review by Elise Krohn Once in a great while, a book emerges that pushes our knowledge forward and gives us new tools for growth. In a time when humanity is collectively estranged from the land, when we seem to have forgotten the intelligence of the species (more)

26-2 Winter 2014 “Workforce Development” Resource Guide

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By Ahmed Al-Asfour

This resource guide compiles a selection of articles, reports, and websites related to American Indian workforce development. All of the entries here are available online and include hyperlinks.

The College Fund Holds 25th Anniversary Gala

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By Dina Horwedel

On October 20, the American Indian College Fund held its 25th anniversary gala at Pier Sixty in New York City. The black-tie fundraising event was a great success and benefited Native American education while celebrating the College Fund’s 25 years of service. Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist, Idina Menzel, performed live at the gala. Menzel has (more)

NTU’s Dual-Credit Program Offers Job Experience for High School Students

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In an effort to give high schools specialized workforce training, Navajo Technical University (NTU) is offering a dual-credit program in industrial maintenance and operations. NTU launched the initiative in collaboration with the Central Consolidated School District and the Arizona Public Service (APS) utility company in 2012, with the intention of helping students get a jump-start (more)

CMN Trains High-Tech and Traditional Workforces

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Mention “cutting edge” in relation to workforce development and you’re likely to get different responses from different people at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN). In a trades building classroom, students learn about G-Code—a computer program written in commands unique to the machining industry—and how the software operates a mechanized cutting tool that is perfectly (more)

TOCC Expands Workforce Apprenticeship Program

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By Martha S. Lee

Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) works closely with the tribal government, local agencies, and businesses to develop the workforce and create opportunities in the Tohono O’odham Nation. In the past two years, TOCC has started a direct care worker certificate course and has updated its program in early childhood education to streamline transfer programs and (more)