Fall 2011 TCJ Student Edition


TCJ 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 2011 by Tribal College Journal

Introduction By Mark Turcotte
Reservation Guide By Darcy Medicine Horse
Nights ‘Round Here Devour Us By A.M. Nelson
The Place Where White Skies Are Formed By Claudell Martin Tacheene
Trial Day By Manih Boyd
The Reunion By Brandon LaMere
Pamatesēw By Racquel Boyd
A Crystal Clear Dream By Mary Flatmouth
Pollen Road of Life By Brian Sloan
Homecoming By Tamsen Star O’Berry
Ancestors’ Revenge By Tricia Fields
The 200 MPH Unicorn By Steven Jared Whitfield
Sometimes Mountains Need to Cry By Donna Hall
The Five Short Loves By Darcy Medicine Horse
Son By Claudell Martin Tacheene
Why? By Todd Brier
A Rude Awakening? By Steven Asay
Maki’s Plan By Brandon LaMere
Love For An Alcoholic By Kim Dickson
Motherless Intuition By Rosanda Platero
Never Give Up By Zachary Long
The Fight By Staci Ann Kaye

Student Edition editor: Mariana Kiona Harvey is a member of the Yakama Nation and grew up in Seattle, WA. She began interning with Tribal College Journal while attending Fort Lewis College in 2008, where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in American Indian Studies. She returned to TCJ to work on special projects. She is passionate about singing, cooking, and creating positive impacts on the community around her.

CRYSTAL WORLON THE COVER: Crystal Worl is a junior in Studio Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, N.M.) and is the 2011-2012 IAIA Ambassador. “Lingit Athabascan áyá xat. I am Tlingit Athabascan from Juneau and Fairbanks, AK. I am a Raven from the Sockeye Salmon Clan. I am also a Child of the Thunderbird Clan,” she says. She created this painting, “I am a Raven,” because she wanted to remind those who left home that they come from a special place: “This painting reflects my relationship to our land and our stories. It is most important, that through our paths in life, we always return home,” she says. “Haa ani is the relationship between the Tlingit people and the land. Haa ani is a spiritual connection. No matter where I travel or go to school, I always remember where I come from and know that I will return home soon.”


BABY RAVEN SERIES. This 2010 acrylic painting by IAIA's Crystal Worl (Tlingit Athabascan) is titled "Baby Raven Plays with the Stars." "In my dream, I had met my baby sister, Raven. She was clever, fast, and laughing a lot," says the artist. "It seemed every time I tried to look at her, she would be laughing at something she had knocked over or broke. She would appear in my arms in a second, then the next, be behind me or in front of me. My baby sister was named after the creator and trickster Raven. In Tlingit oratory, Raven steals the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars, and releases them into the sky. In this image my baby sister embodies Raven stealing and playing with the Stars. This painting is a reflection of that story in perspective of my baby sister."