There’s a diversity shortage in children’s literature. The University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed that 92.1% of the 5,000 books published in 2013 featured White characters, while only 1% featured American Indians. An unnamed children’s book executive responded to these statistics by claiming the discrepancy could be blamed on poor sales, stating, “If we thought there was (more)
It’s disappointing that just 1% of the 5,000 children’s books published annually feature an American Indian character. But it’s alarming how some of those Native characters are portrayed. In the past two years, conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh published three books as installments in his #1 New York Times–bestselling series, Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. With (more)
Beginnings I recall how we started out in 1972 and 1973 in disparate and humble beginnings as the first six tribally controlled colleges in the United States. We served fewer than 1,500 students in 1974, but we knew these new American Indian students represented a first entry among U.S.-based, postsecondary education students. It was a (more)
While American Indian communities still experience economic underdevelopment and high unemployment, strides have been made. And tribal colleges and universities are playing an instrumental role in developing a workforce and paving the way to a brighter future.
John Gritts reflects on the importance of community among the tribal colleges and reflects on his years of experience working for the U.S. Department of Education.
On August 5, 1975, President Gerald Ford improved and extended the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which barred voting “discrimination against Spanish-speaking Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Asian Americans.” As a congressman in 1965, Ford supported the initial legislation that ushered in an era of greater voting equality. As president he reinforced his belief (more)
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)
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)
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)
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)