While reporting one of the stories in the current issue of Tribal College Journal, I had the opportunity to speak with Chief Dull Knife College president Richard Littlebear. Littlebear is a leader in language revitalization, not only on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, but across North America. I kept recalling our conversation. Many of the linguists (more)
Over the past few hundred years, Western science has considered Indigenous knowledge about our natural surroundings as an entirely separate way of viewing the world. In recent years that has started to change, as Native students, scientists, and writers communicate with the public about traditional knowledge. Increasingly, scientists and academics have acknowledged the crucial role Indigenous (more)
Generally speaking, the act of Indigenous storytelling is a sacred practice that passes culture and wisdom from one generation to another. While there are some similarities among the storytelling practices of all Indigenous peoples, each tribe has unique methods of storytelling and attempts to generalize Indigenous storytelling as a whole are problematic. With this in (more)
Native Economic Development Theory and Practice Economic development can generally be defined as the policies which grow, support and maintain economic health in a given area. Rather than focusing on increases in market productivity or GDP measures, this development focuses on the economic and social well being of a specific community. These interventions involve community (more)
Online Pedagogy: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Best Practices By Ahmed Al-Asfour Although more and more tribal colleges and mainstream universities are providing online courses, the literature remains sparse. Hopefully, this issue of Tribal College Journal will spark a discussion on the topic, and the body of literature will continue to grow. Because the majority of reservations (more)
In researching information for the Resource Guide for Climate Change in Indian Country—as it relates specifically to Indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada—I discovered that there isn’t much information out there yet! This specific body of literature, research, and resources is only beginning to ignite across the country as Indigenous scholars, activists, and (more)
Race and ethnicity Resource Guide: Can we finally have “The Talk”? We have never really had “The Race Talk” in this country. It is simply too uncomfortable, or too emotional—or, as some claim, no longer necessary in a post-racial, post-colonial world. Of course, that subject looks differently to those who live in the world where (more)
Resource Guide Related to Retention, Persistence, and Success of American Indian and Alaska Native students Also see Juan A. Avila Hernandez’s article, “Empowering Students for Success—College share best practices for keeping students on track” in Vol. 18, No. 1 of Tribal College Journal. Soon, subscribers can read more of TCJ’s past coverage of retention and (more)
I used to think that food was a rather benign subject. My experiences since moving to southern Arizona have shown how excited and protective people become when I teach about food as a political tool and promote Indigenous peoples reclaiming their heritage.
A guide to some of the most significant and important agents of change in Indian Country.