Tribal colleges were founded to serve Native communities and offer a culturally relevant education. For accreditation and articulation purposes, however, TCUs have had to adopt Western forms of governance. Discover how TCUs are assuming greater sovereignty over their administration, organization, and structure—and how TCU leaders are incorporating traditional modes of leadership.
Features On a Dream and a Prayer: The Promise of World Indigenous Higher Education By Bradley Shreve Today, Indigenous peoples worldwide are coming together to assert greater self-determination in higher education. The movement is built on shared experiences and underscores the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing. From Montana to Brazil: Sparking an International Indigenous (more)
Features Creating Pathways to a Better Life: How Four Tribal Colleges Are Training Skilled Workers to Meet Regional Needs By Jerry Worley With the tremendous job growth and economic boom on the Northern Plains, tribal colleges in Montana and North Dakota are initiating new innovative programs to address the Training for Tomorrow: Developing a Native (more)
Features Origin Story: The Genesis of Tribal College Journal By Paul Boyer TCJ founder and former editor, Paul Boyer, looks back at the origins of the journal and the tribal college movement, meditating on how youthful exuberance—and naivety—are often essential ingredients for action. Launching Lives of Service: We Honor 25 Outstanding Tribal College Alumni By (more)
Nation building is a multi-faceted process in which tribal colleges and universities are increasingly playing an important role. Discover how TCUs have devised strategies and programs that strengthen and expand the economic, political, and social foundations of the First Nations.
Features Like a Thunderbird By Rhonda LeValdo-Gayton Preserving and protecting traditional knowledge remains a cornerstone principle at all tribal colleges and universities. Today, they are employing a variety of strategies to fulfill that mission. A Hundred Ways of Learning By Martha Lee At Tohono O’odham Community College, faculty and administrators ask how the college’s curriculum (more)
Features Healing Ourselves By Cheryl Crazy Bull For over 40 years, tribal colleges and universities have devised innovative programs to address behavioral and tribal health. Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, looks back at the progress made and details current strategies and initiatives. Working Together: Wellness and Academic Achievement (more)
Artists across Indian Country are constantly evolving and their work defies any single label or category. In this quarter’s edition of Tribal College Journal our writers highlight the changing nature of student expression shaped by a contemporary worldview that respects the past, present, and future.
Features More Than Words, A Way of Life By Laura Paskus From the Arctic Circle to the Great Plains, tribal colleges and universities are launching a vast array of new programs to revitalize and preserve Native languages. Ojibwemotaadidaa: Preparing a New Generation of Fluent Speakers By Persia Erdrich Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s (more)
All across Indian Country, tribal college students and faculty members are conducting scientific research on their homelands, studying species and foods important to Native people, and seeking solutions to environmental and public health problems, practicing the “science of place.”