Features

Soil and Oil, Trees and Seas: Building Nations through Natural Resources

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Helen Hu

As Native nations increasingly exert sovereignty over the resources on their lands, TCUs are preparing a new generation to work and interact wisely with tribes’ natural wealth. TCJ PAID CONTENT

Guar Near and Far: How One Crop Could Profit Lakota Country

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Subodh K. Singh

A Sinte Gleska University professor is exploring the feasibility of cultivating guar, one of the most expensive crops in the world, as a means to bring economic development to the Rosebud reservation and beyond. TCJ PAID CONTENT

Aazzhoogan: Red Lake Nation’s Bridge to the Future

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Dan King and Eugene McArthur

The Red Lake Band of Chippewa are investing in education and future generations with a new $11 million tribal college campus. TCJ PAID CONTENT

Mni Wakan Heciya Ihduhapi Unspewicakiya: Teaching Sovereignty at Spirit Lake

Apr 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Vernon Lambert and John Peacock

Mainstream civics, American history, political science, and law school classes typically teach the concept of sovereignty as an accepted fact of national identity and international relations. But in Vernon Lambert’s “Tribal Government and Politics” class at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC), students also learn how the United States has at different times in its history (more)

Vertically Integrated: Community-Based Research Projects at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Apr 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Nader Vadiee

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) seeks to meet the STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) educational needs of American Indian college students. In an effort to fulfill this mission, SIPI employs paid student internships not only to retain students majoring in the STEM fields, but also to encourage students in developmental courses to stay in (more)

Staying Connected: How Technology Can Help Revive Native American Cultures, Traditions, and Languages

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ahmed Al-Asfour

We are witnessing a quantum change in technological innovation across the globe. The transformation has opened new opportunities for how people learn and communicate with one another. Thanks to the technological boom and the growth of the Internet, individuals can now connect easily to a larger audience with fewer resources and in less time. With (more)

The Lakota Way: Preserving Culture through Education at Sinte Gleska University

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Jurgita Antoine

In Lakota culture, elders and medicine men are the source of all traditional knowledge, teachings, and wisdom. They played an important role in establishing Sinte Gleska University (SGU) as a means of passing their knowledge to another generation. Today they continue to participate in the university’s efforts to preserve language and culture. Stanley Red Bird (more)

Preserving the Wisdom: The Navajo Oral History Project

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Tom Grier

Students learn and retain skills better if they couple classroom lectures with active learning, working on real projects with meaningful outcomes. This served as the guiding philosophy of the Navajo Oral History Project, a documentary journalism collaboration between Diné College (DC) in the Navajo Nation and Winona State University (WSU) in Minnesota. Since its inception, (more)

Like a Thunderbird: Preserving and Protecting Knowledge at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Rhonda LeValdo-Gayton

Preserving and protecting traditional knowledge remains a cornerstone principle at all tribal colleges and universities. Today, they are employing a variety of strategies to fulfill that mission. TCJ PAID CONTENT

A Hundred Ways of Learning: Sharing Traditional Knowledge at Tohono O’odham Community College

Feb 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Martha Lee

At Tohono O’odham Community College, faculty and administrators ask how the college’s curriculum and operations can be incorporated into the O’odham’s traditional way of life—and not the other way around. TCJ PAID CONTENT