TCUs to Be Included in Obama’s “America’s College Promise”

Jan 12th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) has confirmed that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) will be included in President Obama’s new initiative, “America’s College Promise,” which will offer free tuition to all community college students who maintain a 2.5 grade point average. Although details about the plan remain forthcoming, education leaders have embraced its (more)

IAIA Museum Announces 2015 Art Exhibitions

Jan 6th, 2015 | By | No Comments »

The Institute of American Indian Arts’ Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibitions on display beginning January 24 through July 31, 2015. The season’s opening reception will take place Friday, January 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event is open and free to the public. Dark Light is the (more)

NTU Confers First Bachelor of Science Degrees at Fall Commencement

Jan 5th, 2015 | By | No Comments »
By Daniel Vandever

During its fall commencement, Navajo Technical University (NTU) conferred its first Bachelor of Science degrees in the field of environmental science and natural resources. NTU developed the four-year program to increase the number of Native Americans in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The Higher Learning Commission accredited the program in 2012. Crownpoint (more)

College Fund Responds to Derisive Article on TCUs

Dec 17th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Cheryl Crazy Bull

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)

LLTC Announces Commitment to Expand College Access at White House Event

Dec 8th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) president Dr. Donald Day joined President Barrack Obama, the First Lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders for the White House College Opportunity Day of Action. Together, they announced new initiatives to help more students prepare for and (more)

Exploring the Food Environment on the Spirit Lake Reservation

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
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

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

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

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

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

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

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

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

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)