Dear Ms. Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report, I’m still waiting for your retraction. It’s been more than three months since you published your deeply flawed article, “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money,” and I’m waiting for you to admit to cherry-picking quotes and arriving at (more)
By Bradley Shreve
By searching globally and acting in unison, Indigenous peoples can achieve impossible things.
By Richard Littlebear
International learning experiences can be immensely rewarding for tribal college students.
Indigenous people all over the world have faced similar historical traumas due to colonization. It is impossible, for example, to read the history of the New Zealand Maoris and not see a parallel to Native tribes in the United States and Canada. Newer tribal colleges may not be familiar with the historical, international interests and (more)
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)