Fall 2005 TCJ Student Edition

FALL 2005 TCJ STUDENT EDITIONTCJ Student is an annual publication of Tribal College Journal. Both the journal and this student issue are published by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, an organization of the 37 tribally controlled colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

© Copyright 2005 by Tribal College Journal

Introduction By Sherman Alexie
Aka's By Cathy Tagnak Rexford
Choosing to Forgive By Rhonda Renee Chase
Conquering the Dream Killers: Fear, Doubt, Worry, and Guilt By Mary Ellen Ryall
Disclaimer By Leslie Gee
Dreams Wrapped in a Pendleton Blanket By Mandi Rae Henderson
First Weekend in August By Garren Denny
Haiku By Jeannie Wells
Venice Beach By Jeannie Wells
To the Wide Arch of Blue Sky By Dulbert Yazzie
Layers of a Girl By Lisa Dixon
You're a Dyke By Lisa Dixon
Red Fire Ants By Lois Red Elk
Renewal of Faith By Bernadette Wind
Riding Songs By Leslie Gee
The Broken Promise By Dalonna Lynn Youngman
The Monkey Man By Jessie Cree

Guest editor: Sally Hubbard is a freelance editor and poet in Sewanee, TN, and a former associate editor fo Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 at Rice University. She has edited the student edition for nine years.

ON THE COVER: Maxine Stremler was born in 1941 in Bellingham, WA. She enrolled at Northwest Indian College at the age of 59 to further her education. An enrolled Lummi tribal member and also of Haida descent, she uses her camera to look for the unusual scene or shape to photograph. In the digital darkroom, she finds a style and design that reflects her personality. "The art of digital photography is capturing a moment in time; what comes forth from that original photograph is a pure form of art," she says. She can be reached by email at dixmax@comcast.net or by phone at (360) 398-0159.


This issue is dedicated to the memory of Jim Fisher. A writing instructor at Fort Berthold Community College (New Town, ND), Fisher was always a strong supporter of the TCJ Student Edition. When TCJ nearly discontinued publication one year for lack of entries, a big packet of entries from Fisher’s students arrived.

Many students found their voice thanks to his guidance, and their work graced the pages of this publication often over the years. At the tribal college, he was the student senate advisor, faculty chairman, and GED tester, and he taught gifted and talented classes as well as education classes. For a short time, he and one of his students hosted a call-in radio program on the tribal station providing quirky answers for callers’ rez car problems, which generally involved duct tape.

Fisher taught at the college for 13 years. A non-Indian, he was adopted into the Arikara Tribe. He died June 13, 2005, in a Minot, ND, hospital at the age of 59.