Former Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, Lawrence, KS) President Dr. Karen Swisher accepted gifts and greeted well-wishers during a reception held in her honor last year. Colleagues, alumni, friends, and students lauded her as a skilled educator and gracious leader. “She has been an exceptional leader in helping us through some very difficult times,” said (more)
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At their annual conventions in fall 2006, both the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) named tribal college and university (TCU) students to posts of national leadership. At the NIEA convention in Anchorage, AK, students from Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ) and from Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, (more)
The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History enrolled 16 individuals in its 2006 Lannan Summer Institutes for teachers in tribal colleges. Kimberly Blaeser (Anishinaabe), professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, taught “Teaching American Indian Literature.” Jacki Thompson Rand (Choctaw) of the University of Iowa directed “Federal Indian Law & Policy (more)
Thirty years ago, a brash Athabascan villager came out of nowhere to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. That man was Emmitt Peters, Sr., who was honored last April as the first dog driver to be inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame at Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS). In 1975, Peters’ (more)
Two tribal college students were among 11 Native Americans in the inaugural AT&T Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University (GW) in Washington, DC, which was funded by the AT&T Foundation. Starlynn Tourtillott (Menominee) from the College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI) and Marjeanna Burge (Comanche) from Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU, Lawrence, (more)
Carolyn Burgess Savage returned to the Chitimacha reservation after 30 years and began a new career preserving and promulgating her language and culture.
Tribal colleges have always helped students overcome obstacles. Now their techniques for retention are becoming even more sophisticated.
The Native Grass Project at Haskell Indian Nations University completed a second year of research and involved seven student interns and two faculty project directors. The research focused on switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), which is a warm season, perennial grass that is found throughout the United States. Student interns involved in the project, along with a (more)
The forest fires of Alaska were burning blazes the size of Hawaii and Rhode Island all over its interior. It wasn’t anything new, but still they called for every single available resource from the lower 48. I was on the Lolo Interagency Hotshot Crew at the time, and on the crew with me was one (more)
Daddy learned his language from his Auntie. Kiowa was her first and only language. Every summer growing up Daddy, his siblings, and his cousins all went to Auntie’s house to learn Kiowa. Back home his bilingual tongue was unacceptable. Daddy’s siblings and cousins were all at the same school. The teacher heard their second language (more)