Opinion

Gerald Ford’s Role in Indian Self-Determination, Part 1

Sep 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

In his inaugural speech,President Gerald Ford told the American people, “Our long national nightmare is over.” It was August of 1974, and Ford was talking about Richard Nixon’s resignation that would supposedly put an end to the speculation of whether a sitting president had been involved in a criminal conspiracy. Less than five months later, (more)

A Tribute to Paul Boyer

Aug 6th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Joe McDonald

Tribal College Journal celebrates its 25th birthday this year, and I think it is only proper to recognize Paul Boyer, the founding editor of the journal. It was his initiative and perseverance that brought forth the first copy of the publication: “From the Past, the Future,” volume 1, Summer 1989, Special Edition. Produced in his (more)

The New Frontier for Native Literature

Jun 30th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

Its name is Archos and if you’ve read Cherokee writer Daniel H. Wilson’s 2011 novel Robopocalypse, you’ve likely reconsidered the virtues of technology. Archos is a supercomputer that turns a not-too-distant world’s proliferation of docile robots into an onslaught of killing machines. Governments are wiped out, millions perish, and urban areas are helpless to stop (more)

Abolishing the Bigotry Threshold in Professional Sports

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

We Americans see our professional sports as extensions of our best values and aspirations. We root for the underdog and celebrate the spectacular because they exemplify our patriotic notion that anyone can achieve greatness through hard work and determination. But what happens when professional sports personify the worst in American culture? How do we respond (more)

Many Nations, One Movement

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Bradley Shreve

The day was deceptively fair as the snowstorm crept up the eastern seaboard toward Washington. All of the weather forecasters were predicting a “snowpocalypse” that would force the nation’s capital to close down the following day. Despite such news flurries, delegations of tribal college and university (TCU) students and presidents diligently made their rounds on (more)

A Tribal Higher Education Commission for the 21st Century

May 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Paul Willeto

I begin by asking: are the idealism and values of the Red Power movement as relevant today as they were in the late 1960s and 1970s? The answer is yes. TCJ PAID CONTENT

The Fine Line: Negotiating Natural Resource Development and Environmental Protection at TCUs

Mar 31st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By James Shanley, Ed.D.

How should tribal colleges approach natural resource development and potential degradation of the environment? This is a thorny, complicated question. In the best of all possible worlds we should look for natural harmonious relationships with the Earth. However, in a modern world driven by materialism and population explosion, that is far from realistic. American Indian tribes (more)

Anomalies No More

Mar 31st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

Every Thanksgiving, America celebrates how the Wampanoag tribe famously saved some pilgrims from starvation, but how many people realize that the Mandan, Hidatsa, Nez Perce, and countless other tribes also broke bread with famished non-Natives? Since 2000, the United States Mint has produced millions of coins reminding us that Lemhi Shoshone tribal member Sacagawea served (more)

It’s Time for You to Join Us at the AIHEC Student Conference

Mar 2nd, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Ryan Winn

If you’ve never been to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC) student conference, then it’s time for you to go. If you’re a tribal college or university (TCU) student, you’ll find a place where wisdom, encouragement, and confidence-building intermingle. If you’re a TCU faculty, staff, or community member, you’ll witness venues for our students (more)

Keepers of the Past, For the Future

Feb 7th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Bradley Shreve

In the fall of 1967, Hopi Action News reported that hippies were invading Native communities throughout the Southwest. In direct contrast to the missionaries and assimilationists who preceded them, however, these alienated baby boomers venerated Indian cultures and traditions. Armed with Frank Waters’ Book of the Hopi and John Neihardt’s Black Elk Speaks, the long-haired (more)