Salish Kootenai College’s founding president discusses the importance of nursing programs and why tribal colleges should train healthcare providers for their home communities.
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It is no secret that American Indian populations experience significantly higher rates of disease, including chronic illnesses and their effects. Diabetes, cancer, heart disease, mental health disorders, substance abuse, and preventable health problems such as obesity and injury all impact American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) disproportionately. The sobering result is AIAN people have a (more)
Former President Robert DePoe III is gone, but one of his visions for Salish Kootenai College (SKC) has become a reality. The tribal college will open its first-ever student health center on its Pablo campus. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Health Department will operate the center, which will provide limited primary medical care, nursing, (more)
Tribal College Journal (TCJ) has announced that Celina Gray (Blackfeet and Little Shell Chippewa) of Salish Kootenai College will serve as TCJStudent.org’s new blogger. Gray’s selection comes after a month-long competitive search. Her blogspot will be called “Twiniversity” and will focus on her life as a tribal college student and mother of twins. She hopes (more)
This month, six tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) received competitive grants totaling $160,000 through the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC’s) longstanding Tribal ecoAmbassador partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Tribal ecoAmbassador program empowers tribal communities to identify and address their own unique environmental needs while building the capacity of tribal colleges (more)
The secretary of the United States Department of Education, Arne Duncan, will give the commencement address at Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) Saturday, June 6. Duncan’s spokeswoman, Dorie Nolt, stated that the secretary wanted to “celebrate the successes of Native students at this outstanding college.” SKC will be graduating 200 students, who will receive (more)
Last November, faculty members from Blackfeet Community College (BCC, Browning, MT), Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC, Northern Cheyenne, MT), Fort Peck Community College (FPCC, Poplar, MT), Stone Child College (SCC, Box Elder, MT), and Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) accepted an invitation from the Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC) to view NASA’s MAVEN Mars (more)
The Instutute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) recently announced that Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) is the recipient of IHEP’s Institutional Champions of Access and Success Award. The award recognizes “postsecondary institutions and individuals who have successfully advanced strategies that increase opportunity, persistence, and degree completion for low-income, first generation, minority, adult, veteran, disabled, (more)
The first International Native Games Conference was held at Salish Kootenai College (SKC, Pablo, MT) this past summer. Speakers discussed three broad themes: The purpose and value of traditional Indian games in developing the spirit, body, and mind; the role that historic trauma has played on the body and soul; and the neuroscience of play (more)
At tribal colleges and universities, emerging programs give Native students opportunities to study science at home— and to share knowledge among elders and communities too.