This year marks the 50th anniversary of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy’s address to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Bismarck, North Dakota. I was in high school then. My memories are that of tribal leaders who came together from throughout the nation to discuss key issues of the time—challenges that are still (more)
On November 19, 2013, America marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Many media outlets celebrated the speech that forever changed American political prose and oratory. Yet it’s just one of Lincoln’s accomplishments: we also rightfully celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation and his signing of legislation creating land grant colleges. We’ll soon mark anniversaries (more)
During the recent 40th anniversary celebration of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Sinte Gleska University president, Lionel Bordeaux (Lakota), stood before a crowded ballroom and recounted how back in the 1970s he and the other AIHEC founders regularly trekked to Washington, DC to secure legislation that would help fund newly established tribal colleges (more)
Oglala Lakota College president Thomas Shortbull (Lakota) reflects on the suppression of voting rights in Indian Country.
This past August, Michigan State University (MSU) professor William S. Penn became the latest victim of his own politically charged tirades when a secretly recorded video captured him lecturing to his students that Republicans “don’t want to pay taxes because they have already raped this country and gotten everything out of it they possibly could.” (more)
With the current sequestration crisis, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are facing some basic immediate and long-range financial problems that will require astute planning, analysis, and budgeting. TCUs have long depended upon the good will of the U.S. Congress for basic operating funds. Up until now, that relationship has helped the colleges to survive and grow. Unfortunately, Congress (more)
The most compelling American Indian novel published this year was not marketed to adults. Eric Gansworth’s (Onondaga) If I Ever Get Out of Here is considered Young Adult (YA) fiction—but that should not dissuade older audiences from reading it. YA fiction contains compelling narratives, sympathetic protagonists, and cathartic plot points that will resound with readers of (more)
A few years back, when I served as chair of the social and behavioral sciences division at Diné College, we brought Sam English (Ojibwe) to campus to give a talk about his art and activism. A group of more than 50 people somehow managed to jam their way into the college library’s R.C. Gorman room (more)
Walt Disney holds fast to old stereotypes in its summer flop, “The Lone Ranger,” but that doesn’t mean there aren’t salient talking points to be found.
We educators are attuned to recognizing potential. We see in our students the possibility of achieving great ambitions, and we can tell when our students are struggling with issues beyond their coursework. As tribal college and university (TCU) employees, we see our schools’ alumni as tangible proof of the U.S. Department of Labor’s findings that (more)