In the Current Issue: American Indian Law

In the Current Issue: American Indian Law

An increasing number of tribal colleges and universities are offering teacher education programs, empowering the tribes which chartered them, assuming sovereignty over education, and providing career pathways for students.

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Mending the Broken Hoop

Mending the Broken Hoop

By Bradley Shreve
In his Great Vision, Black Elk spoke of immense difficulties that his people would face, but said they would find a new strength. Strong teacher education programs can help revitalize tribal communities.

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Struggle and Success: The State of Teacher Education at Tribal Colleges and Universities

Struggle and Success: The State of Teacher Education at Tribal Colleges and Universities

By Carmelita Lamb
Today, there are many challenges that teacher education programs at tribal colleges face, including enrollment, funding, accreditation, and licensure. But the incredible dedication and determination among TCU faculty and students will help them overcome these and other obstacles.

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From Wisconsin to Wyoming and Back Again: The Journey to a Bachelor’s Degree and Teacher Licensure

From Wisconsin to Wyoming and Back Again: The Journey to a Bachelor's Degree and Teacher Licensure

By Susan Finkel-Hoffman
In an effort to produce homegrown educators, Wind River Tribal College forged an unlikely partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. In this memoir, the program director reminisces about some of the unexpected twists and turns that she and her students encountered on the journey to becoming licensed teachers.

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Actualizing the Seventh Generation Prophecy: A Case Study in Teacher Education at a Tribal College

Actualizing the Seventh Generation Prophecy: A Case Study in Teacher Education at a Tribal College

By Lisa J. Benz Azure
In this groundbreaking qualitative study, tribal college students offer their insights as to what makes a successful teacher education program.

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From Gangland to AIHEC Champion Archer: The Odyssey of Richard Martinez

From Gangland to AIHEC Champion Archer: The Odyssey of Richard Martinez

By Rebecca Bishop-Goss
The power of tribal colleges is that they are open, accessible institutions that offer a second chance to everyone—even those from some of the darkest corners of America.

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Many Trails to Persistence: A Model for Stockbridge-Munsee and Other Native Students in Higher Education

Many Trails to Persistence: A Model for Stockbridge-Munsee and Other Native Students in Higher Education

By Jolene Bowman
Educators at tribal colleges and non-Native institutions alike can benefit from culturally responsive teaching paradigms. The Mohican Many Trail Model is one such example.

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Web Exclusive Slide Show

Photo Highlights from the 2016 AIHEC Student Conference

Tribal college students, staff, faculty, and administrators gathered March 14-16 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the annual AIHEC Student Conference.

The Inquisitive Academic

Searching for "We the People" in the Presidential Primaries

By Ryan Winn

As an educator preparing students to work and thrive within a multi-racial, ethnic, and cultural world, it frustrates me to hear the nonchalant way in which groups of people are being reduced and dismissed by some of our presidential hopefuls.

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"This Is the Indigenous": Scenes and Insights from the World Indigenous Games

By Katrina Montoya

Tribal college students travelled to Las Palmas, Brazil to compete and forge friendships with Indigenous peoples from around the globe. In this TCJ special, web-exclusive slideshow, experience the spectacle and get an inside look at this ground-breaking event.

Current Reflections

A Conversation with Linda Sue Warner

Longtime educator and tribal college leader, Linda Sue Warner, discusses some of the challenges that teacher ed students face - and how they can overcome them.

Web-Exclusive Feature

North Stars of the Prairie Provinces: Canada's Tribal Colleges, Part 3

By Leif Gregersen

In this third installment of a four-part series, TCJ explores First Nations colleges in the Canadian Great Plains. Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology and Yellowquill College in Manitoba are highlighted.

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Agents of Change in the Classroom

By Teresa Delorme

One of the original six tribal colleges, Turtle Mountain Community College has built a rigorous, community-centered teacher education department that continues to expand and offer new degree programs.

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Creating a Multicultural Classroom

By Jill F. Keith

Forging a supportive learning environment is a key issue for tribal college educators. It's important for instructors to treat each student as an individual in order to build a multicultural classroom that enhances student learning.

Writer's Corner

The Art of Critique Writing, Part Two: A Level Playing Field

By Ryan Winn

Media critiquing isn't a spectator sport. And when reviewing a book, film, or work of art, we must remember that our strength comes not from the size of our font, but from our ability to be objective in our conclusions.

Tribal College News

United Tribes Technical College to Offer New Baccalaureate Program in Environmental Science United Tribes Technical College to Offer New Baccalaureate Program in Environmental Science

United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) will offer four new programs in the fall of 2016, including one new bachelor’s degree program in environmental science and research. The Higher Learning Commission has approved the program. The four-year program will be taught at the college’s new Science and Technology Center. The college began conferring bachelor’s degrees in (more)

Diné College to Offer Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree

When Diné College instructor Paul Willeto was hired in 1981, he inherited a modest one-room fine arts program. After 35 years of teaching, and three intense years of program development, the college’s board of regents gave Willeto and the fine arts faculty the green light to submit a four-year fine arts baccalaureate degree program to (more)

United Tribes Technical College to Be Recognized as “Tree Campus USA” United Tribes Technical College to Be Recognized as “Tree Campus USA”

  United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) will receive the designation as a “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation. UTTC, along with Blackfeet Community College in Browning, Montana, are the first tribal colleges in the nation to meet the standards for two and four-year accredited colleges and universities to develop and promote healthy trees (more)

American Indian College Fund Honors Tribal College Students and David Yarlott of Little Big Horn College American Indian College Fund Honors Tribal College Students and David Yarlott of Little Big Horn College

The American Indian College Fund honored scholarship recipients at its 2015-2016 student of the year reception at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The program, sponsored by the Adolph Coors Foundation, awarded each honoree a $1,000 scholarship. The program also honors a faculty or staff member at a tribal college (more)

TCJ Student Writing Contest Winners Announced

Tribal College Journal has announced the winners of its 2016 TCJ Student creative writing contest. This year, the contest brought in scores of entries from tribal college and university (TCU) students from around Indian Country. Acclaimed author and poet Joan Naviyuk Kane (Inupiaq) served as guest editor of TCJ Student, selecting the top entries in (more)

Tribal College News Roundup

Board Names New Salish Kootenai College President – Flathead Beacon

The board of directors at Salish Kootenai College announced the appointment of Dr. Sandra Boham as president. Boham previously served as the vice president of academic affairs for the college in Pablo. She replaces Robert DePoe III, who passed away in December after battling a terminal illness.


Education Leaders Promote Tribal Colleges Education Leaders Promote Tribal Colleges

TCU leaders spoke about Obama’s plan and other ways to promote tribal colleges alongside panelists at the United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit.


Bemidji Pioneer Recognizes Leech Lake Tribal College Bemidji Pioneer Recognizes Leech Lake Tribal College

The Bemidji Pioneer applauds Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe for naming its new tribal college library in honor of Larry P. Aitken, a man who helped establish the college 25 years ago.


Blackfeet Community College: Accomplishments and Challenges

In October of 1974, the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council chartered the Blackfeet Community College by executive action to “provide post-secondary and higher educational services” to the residents of the Blackfeet Nation and surrounding communities. The impetus for this action grew from early tribal efforts to provide an educational opportunity to its residents in a physically, (more)


Opinion

Working with Tribal Colleges to Strengthen the Native Teaching Workforce

By Robert Cook

There's a teacher shortage in Indian Country, but Teach For America offers a venue for Native educators to give back to their tribal communities.(more)

Resource Guides

27-3 Spring 2016 “The Trials of Teacher Education” Resource Guide

27-3 Spring 2016 Teacher Education Resource Guide
By Carmelita Lamb
An annotated bibliography of sources in the field of teacher education.

27-2 Winter 2015 “American Indian Law” Resource Guide

By W.L. Shelley
A compilation of published and online resources for researchers interested in issues and topics on American Indian law.

Media Reviews

Indigenous Community: Rekindling the Teachings of the Seventh Fire Indigenous Community: Rekindling the Teachings of the Seventh Fire

By Gregory A. Cajete
Living Justice Press (2015)
252 pages
Linda Sue Warner, Ph.D.

Howling for Justice: New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead Howling for Justice: New Perspectives on Leslie Marmon Silko’s Almanac of the Dead

Edited by Rebecca Tillett
University of Arizona Press (2014)
240 pages
Review by James Thomas Stevens

Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico Mayan Tales from Chiapas, Mexico

By Robert M. Laughlin
University of New Mexico Press (2014)
288 pages
Review by Silvia Soto

Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity

By Christine Dupres
University of Washington Press (2014)
160 pages
Review by Charles Cambridge