The things we do and say today, we do not for ourselves. We do this for the children, grandchildren, and those yet to come. —Traditional prayer of the Oceti Sacowin (Seven Council Fires) INTRODUCTION The present generation of American Indian, college-aged young adults are by their own accord fulfilling the “prophecy of the Seventh Generation.” According to (more)
Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) play a critical role in American Indian communities. As the primary postsecondary institutions in Indian Country, TCUs served nearly 20,000 college students and over 47,000 community members in 2010 (American Indian Higher Education Consortium, 2012). Since the establishment of Navajo Community College as the first tribal college in 1968, TCUs (more)
Since the early 1970s, First Nations people in Canada have established 24 Native-run colleges. This article identifies the important factors that influenced them to create postsecondary institutions. It also highlights efforts in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where Native leaders played an especially important role in advancing higher education for the Aboriginal population with the (more)
Although demographics are shifting, American Indians continue to suffer from a grossly disproportionate unemployment rate. By partnering with business and government, tribal colleges can alter such trends through workforce development.
At a time when American Indians are drastically underrepresented in the hard sciences, and as federal agencies show interest in addressing the issue, Salish Kootenai College’s success in starting a four-year life sciences degree program virtually from scratch can offer guidance to other tribal colleges wishing to establish similar programs.
Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) alumnus Dereck Stonefish is a first-year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Dakota State University (NDSU), where he has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In awarding the fellowship, the National Science Foundation (NSF) noted that Stonefish’s selection “was based (more)
A number of educational institutions have focused on trying to increase the under-representation of American Indians in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) is making inroads in addressing this pressing issue. In November 2010, SKC was granted full accreditation for its new Bachelor of Science Degree (more)
Doctoral and scholarly research fellowship program allows scholars and students the chance to devote themselves to research and educational pursuits with remarkable results.
This article is based on a 3-year research study of students attending various tribal colleges in science fields who transitioned to larger universities to complete their degrees. The study sought to determine the most common experiences, successes, and challenges of the students.
A study of tribal colleges in Wisconsin delves into their history, purposes and roles, curricula and programs, and successes and challenges.