I double-checked my toothbrush was packed, tucked in my guidebook to the National Parks, and looked over the draft of my first lesson, entitled “Public Health Interventions.” I thought that my checklist was all I needed to work on the Spirit Lake reservation for the summer teaching a public health course at the local tribal (more)
Advice for Educators
One tribal college’s exemplary lay advocate program offers legal training for its students—and illustrates how American Indian nations can broaden legal representation for Native defendants in tribal courts.
Connecting with the community often means reaching out to the most marginalized individuals. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College has done just that in developing a new program that paves a road to redemption for Native inmates in Wisconsin’s state prisons.
Educators should consider alternative strategies when teaching writing skills at tribal colleges.
Searching globally for teaching methodologies in statistics proved rewarding at Aaniiih Nakoda College.
When partnering with non-profits, TCUs face challenges that require innovative thinking and program design.
Creative projects in an otherwise text-heavy Introduction to Humanities course reveal the artistic process and offer an avenue of expression to students.
In my most successful teaching moments I become invisible. I witness students light up with enthusiasm as they share their stories and go on to mentor others. A sense of power and pride wells up in them. They embrace their ancestors’ rich traditions and carry that knowledge forward as their own. These are the moments I strive for, but they are not easily attained. It has taken me years of practice.
The Master of Arts degree program in human services at Sinte Gleska University on South Dakota’s Rosebud Sicangu Lakota reservation has enjoyed success delivering an exciting and relevant graduate program in tribal and behavioral health.
Offering young adult literature that features Native American protagonists promotes cultural identity, validates their own experiences, and motivates them to read.