It is no secret that American Indian populations experience significantly higher rates of disease, including chronic illnesses and their effects. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and preventable health problems such as obesity and injury all impact American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) disproportionately. The sobering result is AIAN people have a (more)
Humor exists in many forms and is essential as a basic human need. Laughter is an instinctive behavior that binds people together through humor and play. Indeed, scientific research demonstrates that laughter is good medicine and there is documentation dating from as far back as the 13th century maintaining that humor and laughter help with (more)
In one of my first and favorite undergraduate psychology courses, we read Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1962). Kuhn helped us to see that scientific progress through the accumulation of knowledge (which we believe to be fact) is not as solid and linear as scientists might believe. Rather, there are cycles of learning (more)
Ever wonder how to empower students to explore research in their own communities? The Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP) at Diné College provides students with a solid foundation of public health research methods and includes a hands-on internship in their home community to test their newly acquired skills while enhancing the communities’ health. Focusing on (more)
Today, there are many challenges that teacher education programs at tribal colleges face, including enrollment, funding, accreditation, and licensure. But the incredible dedication and determination among TCU faculty and students will help them overcome these and other obstacles.
In an effort to produce homegrown educators, Wind River Tribal College forged an unlikely partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In this memoir, the program director reminisces about some of the unexpected twists and turns that she and her students encountered.
As the most legislated people in America, tribal citizens can benefit immensely from a legal education offered from a critical and culturally specific perspective. And tribal colleges are ideally suited for the task.
There are a variety of factors that should be considered when designing the curriculum for a course on Indian law. Students should learn to read for content, interpret legal language and symbols, and gain an understanding of who makes, implements, and interprets the law.
American Indians are sorely underrepresented in the legal profession. But there is a greater need for more Native attorneys now than ever. By offering lay advocate, paralegal, or pre-law programs, TCUs can make a major difference.
Teaching tribal college students about Indian law and policy can be an emotional and challenging endeavor. The process, however, can galvanize and empower them to work for change in their own communities and in Indian Country as a whole.