Ada Deer was born into poverty on the Menominee Indian Reservation in 1935. Her family’s log cabin had no running water or electricity, and her father, who worked at a sawmill, struggled to provide for his wife and five children. Despite such obstacles, Deer excelled in school and went on to college, where she eventually (more)
In November of last year, Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report penned an article entitled, “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money,” in which she argues that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have “abysmal success rates.” Butrymowicz based her assertions on a particular dataset which The Hechinger (more)
Flares lit up the night sky so brightly that you could have read a book, while tracer bullets, followed by bursts of machine-gun fire, buzzed through the air like a swarm of angry hornets, recalls Dennis Banks (Ojibwa), a leader of the American Indian Movement (AIM). Such was the scene at Wounded Knee on the (more)
By searching globally and acting in unison, Indigenous peoples can achieve impossible things.
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)