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.”
With the publication of this issue, Tribal College Journal begins a year of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). It is an important time to pay respect to all of those who have led the way to this moment in history.
Features The Art of Storytelling By Barbara Ellen Sorensen At many tribal colleges, storytelling is an integral part of the curricula. Students learn from elders—and also learn to craft their own narratives. Stories for the Stage By Ryan Winn At the College of Menominee Nation, playwriting students learn to write their own stories, then perform (more)
Within this issue, TCJ’s writers examine the collaboration between federal agencies and tribal colleges, and explore the colleges’ larger economic impact. Students also relate their own experiences of funding their educations.
Technology has changed the ways in which we work and live, even how we communicate with one another. The articles in this issue reinforce the importance of technology as a tool to preserve, restore, and protect culture. Students at tribal colleges nationwide are engaged in scientific research that benefits their homelands; restores their Native languages; and connects them in new ways with their elders, families, and tribal communities.