TCJ Student is an annual publication. Both the journal and this student issue are published by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, an organization of the 35 tribally controlled colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.
© Copyright 2007 by Tribal College Journal
Student Edition editor: Esther Belin (Diné) is a poet, a multimedia artist, and an educator. She is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. She received the 2000 American Book Award for her first volume of poetry From the Belly of My Beauty. She lives in Durango, CO, with her husband and four daughters.
ON THE COVER: “Reliquary” is a metal sculpture by Taketo Yamashita. A reliquary is a container for religious relics. Yamashita is a junior majoring in Studio Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM). He came to IAIA from Japan in 2005 following his interest in Native American culture and art. “My major in Japan was computer science which has great influence on my work. My goal is to establish my own art style.” Yamashita is focusing on metal sculpture and jewelry making which he enjoys the most. He says he hopes to influence just as he is influenced by others.
Editor’s note: We were pleased to receive Yamashita’s reliquary which holds a tape recorder. We felt the piece captures the idea of recording stories similar to how the tribal college students have recorded their heartfelt stories in this issue.Introduction By Joy Harjo
Gifts By Alina Phillips
A Place of Serenity By Rachel Hanson
The Wildman By Jesse A. Short Bull
Ghosts of a Crystal Page By Gerri L. Williams
Deadly Alaska By Rebecca Dakai
My Cousin Coyote, As Told By Dog By Marianne Addison
Shimá Sani’ By Laura Lee Yazzie
Nice Guys Finish Last By Jerry Manheimer
Being Indian In White Country By Michael Bonga
Broken Promises By Sharon Redhorn-Chamberlain
Eulogy for a Warrior By Micki Lindeman
Lichtenstein’s Girl By Jaquetta Shade
Ursuline Inheritance By Amanda Irvine-Louie
Henry’s Last Will and Testament By Mandi Henderson
I Know This Man By Lumhe Micco Sampson
Rabbit’s Tale of River By Angel Brady
The Best Stickgame Tournament of My Life By James Edmond Jackson, Sr.
Rain Song By Daniel Remmenga
The Mirror of Cultural Identity By Shana Trottier
I Will Go to Tsoodzi lBy Kyerin Bennett
Knowledge and Wisdom By Miranda Manheimer
A Person I Really Know By Corrine Tsoodle
Walking Among Wisdom By Kyle Tsosie
Boys Will Be Boys By Dan Hawk
In Their Shoes By Samantha Falcon
Tribal Seduction By Jimmy Beason
Life and Times of Indian Jim By James Edmond Jackson, Sr.
The Execution By Willard Freemont, Jr.
What I Call A Nightmare By Samantha Longie