In the Current Issue: Volunteerism

In the Current Issue: Volunteerism

At tribal colleges and universities, students, faculty, and staff have deep connections to their local communities, inspiring them to work toward their improvement. This fall issue of Tribal College Journal explores the spirit of volunteerism as it is manifested in a variety of programs, initiatives, and campaigns.

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All Efforts Count

All Efforts Count

By Bradley Shreve

As volunteers we can all make a difference—sometimes it’s just a matter of taking that first step.

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In the Service of Others: How Volunteering is Integral to the Tribal College Experience

In the Service of Others: How Volunteering is Integral to the Tribal College Experience

By Patty Talahongva

Today, the spirit of volunteerism is very much alive at every tribal college and university. From fundraisers for food pantries to educational activities to help fellow students, TCUs help forge reciprocity among students and staff.

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Through Our Eyes: Narratives of Three Student Volunteers at Aaniiih Nakoda College

Through Our Eyes: Narratives of Three Student Volunteers at Aaniiih Nakoda College

By Kerri Patrick Wertz
Despite overwhelming familial responsibilities, work obligations, and academic demands, tribal college students embrace the passion for serving their community as volunteers. Three such stories from ANC teach us that volunteer work can coincide with individual passion and interest.

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Wolakolkiciyapi:The Lakota Leadership and Management Program at Oglala Lakota College

Wolakolkiciyapi:The Lakota Leadership and Management Program at Oglala Lakota College

By Richard Iron Cloud

A college education is about more than just job preparation. Oglala Lakota College’s leadership and management graduate program stresses traditional Lakota values by encouraging students to give back to their community.

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Ve’stahe’m Among the Northern Cheyenne

Ve'stahe'm Among the Northern Cheyenne

By Gail Small

To be tribal is to be a volunteer.

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2016 TCJ Student: Our Literary Homes

2016 TCJ Student: Our Literary Homes

Edited by Joan Naviyuk Kane
The acclaimed Inupiaq author and poet guest edits the 2016 edition and illuminates how tribal college students construct literary homes through their stories and poems.

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TCJ Student

Edited by Joan Naviyuk Kane

Tribal college students from around Indian Country competed in this year's creative writing, art, and film contest.

Current Reflections

Rick Williams

The former president of the American Indian College Fund shares his insights on the importance and uniqueness of volunteerism at tribal colleges.

Web Exclusive Interview

From Tsaile to Kayenta

In this TCJ-exclusive interview, Diné College student Dallas Peterman discusses his 95-mile trek cleaning up the highways of the Navajo Nation.

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Nahkohenexahe: The Remarkable Story of Henry Littlewhiteman, as Told by Eugene Limpy

Transcribed by Gail Small

Elder Eugene Limpy recalls the selfless efforts of Henry Littlewhiteman in this remarkable oral history.

Writer's Corner

The Truth About Poetry

By Ryan Winn

Poetry is power, and today the absence of confining genre rules means we're living in a time of poetic freedom that's unlike any other.

Tribal College News

AIHEC Builds Climate Resilience Network AIHEC Builds Climate Resilience Network

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is working with tribal colleges and universities to establish the Native Climate Resilience Network (NCRN) with funding from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The project is a multi-community effort designed for tribal college faculty and students to work with community members on how to anticipate and respond (more)

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Finds Bigfoot and Helps Feed the Hungry Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Finds Bigfoot and Helps Feed the Hungry

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) criminal justice instructor Joe Bouchard has successfully accomplished what a popular television show could not. Avolunteer for a trails group in western Upper Peninsula Michigan, Bouchard has found Bigfoot. The discovery occurred through a Baraga County Trails in Motion-sponsored event called, “Snowshoeing with Sasquatch.” The family event where everyone (more)

Volunteer Tax Program at Sinte Gleska University Saves Money for Local Community Volunteer Tax Program at Sinte Gleska University Saves Money for Local Community

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Sinte Gleska University (SGU) helps the Sicangu Lakota people do their taxes for free. SGU has been partnering with the IRS to provide VITA services for over 14 years. The program has potentially saved over $9,900 in filing fees and has brought back over $76,000 in refunds (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

Kids, Science And North Dakota’s Oil Boom Kids, Science And North Dakota’s Oil Boom

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is partnering with the University of Colorado to create hands-on science kits for students and teachers so that they can explore how the oil boom affects their community.


College Scorecard May Give Misleading Information on Tribal Colleges College Scorecard May Give Misleading Information on Tribal Colleges

The scorecard is the result of President Barack Obama’s effort, announced in 2013, to rate U.S. colleges and universities as “high performing,” “low performing” or “in the middle” so students and families could figure out whether they would be getting their money’s worth in an endeavor that often represents a significant investment of the family’s resources.


Leech Lake Tribal College Founder Honored with Library Dedication Leech Lake Tribal College Founder Honored with Library Dedication

Winds of change started blowing 25 years ago when Larry P. Aitken proposed the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe open a tribal college in Cass Lake. Those winds continued to blow across the land Friday as guest speakers hailed the college founder during a naming ceremony for the new Leech Lake Tribal College library.


Opinion

Ve'stahe'm Among the Northern Cheyenne

By Gail Small
To be stribal is to be a volunteer. (more)

Resource Guides

27-4 Summer 2016 “Good Medicine” Resource Guide

Native Culture, Health, and Education: An Annotated Bibliography Below is a listing and description of key sources in the field of health and wellness in Indian Country. Brave Heart, M. (2003). The Historical Trauma Response among Natives and Its Relationship with Substance Abuse: A Lakota Illustration. Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 35(1), 7-13. Brave Heart describes (more)

Media Reviews

Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery

By Margaret Ellen Newell
Cornell University Press (2015)
316 pages
Review by Colin G. Calloway

Welcome to the Oglala Nation: A Documentary Reader in Oglala Lakota Political History Welcome to the Oglala Nation: A Documentary Reader in Oglala Lakota Political History

Edited by Akim D. Reinhardt
University of Nebraska Press (2015)
296 pages
Review by Patrick Lee

This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States This Benevolent Experiment: Indigenous Boarding Schools, Genocide, and Redress in Canada and the United States

By Andrew Woolford
University of Nebraska Press (2015)
445 pages
Review by Jon Reyhner

Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming Falling into Place: A Memoir of Overcoming

By Hattie Kauffman
Baker Books (2013)
240 pages
Review by Rachael Marchbanks