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)
Technology has changed the ways in which we work and live, even how we communicate with one another. The articles in this issue reinforce the importance of technology as a tool to preserve, restore, and protect culture. Students at tribal colleges nationwide are engaged in scientific research that benefits their homelands; restores their Native languages; and connects them in new ways with their elders, families, and tribal communities.
The signs of climate change hung heavy in the skies of New Mexico this summer. As flood waters overtook communities in North Dakota and Montana and tornadoes cut a swath across the South and Midwest, fires raged across the southwestern United States. Allegedly ignited by two careless campers in the Apache- Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona’s (more)
Writing about racism within this issue of Tribal College Journal, all of our writers share intensely personal stories. They do so not to give power to the pain and ugliness of racism but rather to take brave steps toward healing. Consider how gracious author Mary Annette Pember (Red Cliff Tribe of Wisconsin Ojibwe) is to (more)
Within the pages of the summer issue of Tribal College Journal, our writers explore a daunting topic: the recruitment and retention of Native students at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).
In this issue of Tribal College Journal, writers share stories of the foods that can heal and sustain the body, mind, and soul. They also show how many tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are helping Native communities overcome challenges including obesity, diabetes, and drug or alcohol addiction while also restoring local food systems and nurturing local economies.