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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Carolyn Burgess Savage grew up in a one-room shack among the sugar cane fields of southern Louisiana. Her family of eight didn’t have any of the conveniences or consumer trappings that characterized postwar 1950s America. Even worse, they experienced firsthand the grinding oppression of the South’s Jim Crow laws and the social, political, and economic (more)
Tribal college and university students’ ability and passion to study and preserve Native homelands and communities is not only unique- it’s inspirational. In this essay, outgoing managing editor Laura Paskus chronicles this passion which is evident throughout the tribal colleges. Also, she welcomes our new incoming editor, Dr. Bradley Shreve.
With the publication of this issue, Tribal College Journal begins a year of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). It is an exciting moment, and an important time to pay respect to all of those who have come before and who have led the way to this moment in (more)
Even though the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in Rapid City, SD, was months ago, I’m still feeling energized by the enthusiasm students brought to the conference and awestruck at the dedication of AIHEC staff and tribal college presidents, administrators, and faculty members. The games and competitions are exciting and the Student (more)
While spending time with tribal college presidents, staff, and students and staff of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium on Capitol Hill recently, I learned some sobering facts about tribal college funding. For instance, while the number of students attending tribal colleges has increased, the funding for schools has not. This means tribal colleges are (more)