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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Web Exclusive Feature

Stand with Standing Rock: A Call to Action for Tribal Colleges and Universities

Deborah His Horse Is Thunder with photos by Iris Pretty Paint

The historic events at Standing Rock underscore the importance of intertribal solidarity, while offering TCUs a unique opportunity for learning.

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.

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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

United Tribes Technical College Summit to Host Pipeline Discussion United Tribes Technical College Summit to Host Pipeline Discussion

Efforts to challenge construction of a section of an oil pipeline to protect the water resources of the Missouri River and Lake Oahe are on the agenda for discussion during the United Tribes Tribal Leader’s Summit. The 20th annual gathering of tribal leaders from the Great Plains region and around the country is scheduled for (more)

California Tribal College Begins President Search California Tribal College Begins President Search

The Board of Regents of the California Tribal College (CTC) recently began its search for the college’s first president. Still in the formative search stages, CTC has issued a formal announcement and is now accepting applications. According to CTC’s announcement, the ideal candidate will be “an experienced, high energy visionary with the skills and commitment (more)

American Indian College Fund Partners with Nonprofit to Help Tribal College Students Plan and Pay for Higher Education

Salt, the best-in-class education-consumer literacy program provided by the nonprofit American Student Assistance, is pleased to announce a partnership with the American Indian College Fund to support tribal colleges and universities nationwide in offering money management advice, personalized student loan help, and straightforward budgeting tools free-of-charge to students and alumni. “American Indians face steep barriers (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

Vizenor Finishes First Week as Leech Lake Tribal College President Vizenor Finishes First Week as Leech Lake Tribal College President

After more than a decade of involvement in tribal politics, including holding the position of White Earth Nation Chair, Vizenor began her new job as Leech Lake Tribal College’s president last week.


Spokane Tribal College Sees Enrollment, Funding Grow

Spokane Tribal College is accredited under its parent institution, the Salish Kootenai College through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The college offers an array of two-year associate degrees.


Salish Kootenai College Nurses Ready for Today’s Medical World

Beyond learning all the mandatory requirements needed for eventual licensing, SKC nurses get an enhanced, unique experience. Because SKC is tribal, it is also able to offer its students internships on the reservation.


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

So, How Long Have You Been Native?: Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide So, How Long Have You Been Native?: Life as an Alaska Native Tour Guide

By Alexis Bunten
University of Nebraska Press (2015)
251 pages
Review by Medeia Csoba DeHass

Journey to the Heart of the First Peoples Collections Journey to the Heart of the First Peoples Collections

By Marie-Paule Robitaille
Baraka Books (2014)
273 pages
Review by Margaret MacKichan

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