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)
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)
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)
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)
Every year, the newly elected officers of the AIHEC Student Congress (ASC) develop and adopt initiatives to focus their efforts throughout their term. The current ASC has decided to uphold this tradition by tackling an issue that directly affects every Native community and campus nationwide and abroad—food sovereignty.
Read Part 1 When Abraham Lincoln sanctioned the mass execution of Dakota warriors in December of 1862, he endorsed a policy with ramifications that ended Dakota life as they knew it. His decision not only extinguished 38 lives, it also sentenced many more men to years in an inhospitable prison camp. Moreover, Lincoln’s failure to (more)
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)
Read Part 2 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 (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.