Top Online Articles of 2015: Tribal College Journal’s Most-Viewed

Top Online Articles of 2015: Tribal College Journal’s Most-Viewed

As 2015 comes to a close, TCJ reflects on some of the highlights. Picked by our readers, here are the top ten online articles.

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In the Current Issue: American Indian Law

In the Current Issue: American Indian Law

Indian law stands as a cornerstone in securing Native nations’ sovereignty, self-determination, treaty rights, and economic advancement. However, Indian law programs and even the teaching of Indian law has remained the domain of non-Native colleges, universities, and law schools. Does Indian law have a place at tribal colleges and universities?

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Protecting Native Futures

Protecting Native Futures

By Bradley Shreve
One only needs to look at the career of Menominee activist Ada Deer to see how an understanding of the law can have far-reaching ramifications. Quite simply, Indian Country needs more Indian lawyers.

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The Growing Market for Indian Lawyering

The Growing Market for Indian Lawyering

TCJ Special: American Indian Law and Tribal Colleges
In this four-part special feature, legal scholar Matthew L.M. Fletcher, along with tribal college educators Stephen Wall, Christopher M. Harrington, and Wynema Morris, discuss the importance of American Indian law and how tribal colleges can make a difference in preparing the next generation of legal warriors.

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Connection and Commitment: The Career of Carrie Billy

Connection and Commitment: The Career of Carrie Billy

By Richard Peterson
A trained attorney, the president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium has made it her life work to advocate on behalf of all Native peoples. The state of the tribal college movement today underscores her efficacy.

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Training Tribal Lay Advocates at Sitting Bull College

Training Tribal Lay Advocates at Sitting Bull College

By W.L. Shelley
One tribal college’s exemplary lay advocate program offers legal training for its students—and illustrates how American Indian nations can broaden legal representation for Native defendants in tribal courts.

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Death in the Life

Death in the Life

By Taylor Long Crow
This creative nonfiction story by a student from Sinte Gleska University received an honorable mention in TCJ's student writing contest.

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The Inquisitive Academic

Five Native Films You Should Be Streaming

By Ryan Winn

American Indian filmmakers are building a body of captivating, creative, top-notch motion pictures. Check out TCJ columnist Ryan Winn's top picks and celebrate all that's right in the world of Native cinema today.

Current Reflections

Ron His Horse Is Thunder

An attorney, TCU president, former tribal chairman, and rancher, Ron His Horse Is Thunder discusses how his legal training opened up doors for him and his tribe.

Web-Exclusive Feature

Ilisagvik's Vicennial: Alaska's Tribal College Turns 20

By Elise Patkotak

Situated on the North Slope in the community of Barrow, Ilisagvik College celebrates 20 years of higher education by remembering the past and looking forward to the future.

Web-Exclusive Feature

Knowledge Keepers of the Northern Rockies: Canada's Tribal Colleges, Part 2

By Leif Gregersen

In this second installment of a four-part series, TCJ explores the First Nations colleges in the Northern Rockies. Old Sun College and Blue Quills First Nations College in the Province of Alberta are highlighted.

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

Interior Department Transfers Additional $4 Million to Cobell Education Scholarship Fund

With its newest contribution, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced today that it has transferred $4 million to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total transferred funds to nearly $35 million. The scholarship fund—endowed in part by the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations and authorized by the Cobell Settlement—provides financial assistance through (more)

Diné College Names Martín Miguel Ahumada Interim President

The Diné College Board of Regents has appointed Dr. Martín Miguel Ahumada as the interim president of the college. Ahumada replaces Maggie George, who served as president since 2011. In a recent meeting, the board voted to end, in amicable terms, its contractual relationship with George. “The college and the board look forward to continue relying (more)

TCJ Student.org Launches New Student Blog TCJ Student.org Launches New Student Blog

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)

Tribal College News Roundup

1st Tribal Lending Commits $60K in Scholarships to the American Indian College Fund

1st Tribal Lending, the nation’s leading Section 184 mortgage lender, announced it has committed to funding at least $60,000 in scholarships in 2015 with the American Indian College Fund. The amount will be enough to support scholarships for 16 American Indian students for the 2015-2016 school year.


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

A Human Rights Crisis in Indian Country

By Chris Vigil

The lack of lay advocates and attorneys representing Native defendants creates tremendous problems for tribal members who find themselves in civil or criminal court.(more)

Resource Guides

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

Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California Saints and Citizens: Indigenous Histories of Colonial Missions and Mexican California

By Lisbeth Haas
University of California Press (2014)
272 pages
Review by William Bauer

Cherokee Newspapers, 1828–1906: Tribal Voice of a People in Transition Cherokee Newspapers, 1828–1906: Tribal Voice of a People in Transition

By Cullen Joe Holland, revised and edited by James P. Pate
Cherokee Heritage Press (2012)
569 pages
Review by Herman A. Peterson

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
Beacon Press (2014)
296 pages
Review by Jennifer Denetdale