The Impact of an Educational Intervention on American Indian Students’ Interest in the Health Professions

May 11th, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Loretta Heuer, Marielle Christine Leilani Young, Cynthia Lindquist, Marilyn G. Klug, Ann Wadsworth, and Jonathan Ripp

Introduction American Indian populations experience decreased health outcomes and a disproportionate disease burden when compared with other ethnic populations in the United States. Additionally, they have higher mortality rates for a number of health conditions, including chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (368% higher), diabetes mellitus (178% higher), unintentional injuries (138% higher), and intentional self-harm and (more)

Actualizing the Seventh Generation Prophecy: A Case Study in Teacher Education at a Tribal College

Feb 21st, 2016 | | No Comments »
By Lisa J. Benz Azure

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)

Fostering the Intellectual and Tribal Spirit: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer

May 2nd, 2015 | | No Comments »
By Deborah His Horse Is Thunder

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)

A History of the First Nations College Movement of Canada, 1969-2000

Feb 23rd, 2015 | | No Comments »
By Steven J. Crum

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)

Training for Tomorrow: Developing a Native Workforce

Nov 9th, 2014 | | No Comments »
By Ahmed Al-Asfour

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. TCJ PAID CONTENT

Building New Programs at Tribal Colleges

May 15th, 2012 | | No Comments »
By Dr. Douglas K. Stevens

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. TCJ PAID CONTENT

SBC alumnus Stonefish receives NSF fellowship

Nov 3rd, 2011 | | No Comments »
By Carol Renner, with contributions from Ron Walters

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)

SKC Life Sciences Degree focuses on research

Nov 3rd, 2011 | | No Comments »
By Doug Stevens, Ph.D.

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)

Indian Country Fellows: Foundations pool resources to support TCU faculty dissertations, research

Feb 15th, 2011 | | No Comments »
By Rachael Marchbanks

Doctoral and scholarly research fellowship program allows scholars and students the chance to devote themselves to research and educational pursuits with remarkable results.

Successes and Challenges in Higher Education Transitions

Aug 15th, 2007 | | No Comments »
By Tiffany S. Lee, Ph.D.

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.