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EDUCATION: Colleges aim to get more Native Americans on campus, by Stephen Wall, Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California),
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 life expectancy that is five years shorter than the rest of the overall U.S. population, according to the Indian Health Service, the federal health system serving 2 million of the 5.2 million AIAN in the United States.
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President Barack Obama’s vision of free tuition at two-year colleges would encourage more Native American students to pursue higher education if it becomes reality, a national Indian education leader said Thursday in Bismarck.
Reinforcing its commitment to education and Indian Country, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) has announced $525,000 in grants to Native American colleges and higher education funds. These donations include: • $250,000 to United Tribes Technical College to support technology upgrades (Bismarck, North Dakota) • $150,000 to the Blackfeet Community College to support a nursing program expansion (Browning, Montana) • $100,000 to the American Indian College Fund to support the Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund (Denver, Colorado) • $25,000 to the Oglala Lakota College to support its Lakota language immersion program (Kyle, South Dakota) “Personal and professional success most often begins with a quality education,” said SMSC Chairman Charlie Vig. “Supporting educational opportunities for Native people today will help strengthen entire Native communities in the years ahead.”
Sixty-two Navajo Technical University (NTU) students, competing individually or in teams, took top honors at the NM SkillsUSA championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico April 9-11. At the showcase of career and technical education students, NTU competed with other higher education institutions from across the state in hands-on trade, technical, and leadership skills contests. The students worked against the clock and each other to validate their expertise in their chosen occupational areas.
Four Season’s of Weather in One Day Didn’t Dampen Anyone’s Spirits
LAWRENCE, KANSAS — In a move to reduce operating expenses, Haskell Indian Nations University announced Thursday it is suspending the upcoming Haskell football season and other intercollegiate athletic programs. The measure was taken by the National Haskell Board of Regents on the recommendation of Haskell President Venida Chenault who notes the rising cost of intercollegiate athletic programs and other factors makes it difficult for Haskell to compete.
During the third and final 25th anniversary gala celebration held May 8 at The Drake Hotel in Chicago, the American Indian College Fund held not only a silent auction, but a live one as well. The live auction was for a chance to sing and dance to “Soul Man” on stage with Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts. Attendees were encouraged to “put your wampum together” to raise as much money as possible to help Native American students through scholarships.
Indian tacos are a big part of the Native American community and one organization is working on a healthier version. Culinary students with Albuquerque’s Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute teamed up to make the tasty taco.
Diversity and prosperity were celebrated Friday as graduates from Leech Lake Tribal College and Red Lake Nation College walked across the stage to receive their diplomas at Northern Lights Casino in Walker.
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Big Sister, the enormous Navajo rug created by a team of weavers in the Chilchinbeto Chapter in Arizona over a two-year period ending in 1979, is billed as an enduring symbol of self-sufficiency and independence. Shiprock native Dwayne Joe, a senior at IAIA doesn’t fret over the rug’s future, knowing it is well cared for and maintained by the Shima’ Rug Foundation. But when he thinks about the weavers who created the famous rug in the late 1970s and realizes only three of those 10 survive to this day, the aspiring filmmaker feels a sense of urgency to complete his latest project — a documentary that tells the story of Big Sister and those who created it.
For thousands of years, along the shorelines of the Salish Sea, the Lummi people have dug deep into the earth to harvest clams, oysters and mussels. We have set our reef nets between our canoes to catch salmon from the Salish Sea. For many of us, our most important education has been alongside our elders at the beach or on the water, learning firsthand by doing, and doing again, to understand the ways of our people and the history of our tribe. But even as we hold fast to traditions, we’ve also embraced changing times, new technology and the advanced training that’s needed to support a productive shellfish harvest. What we’ve learned through the years is that a skilled workforce — and a bountiful harvest — are possible if we make the right investments in training and education.
Dear Ms. Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report, I’m still waiting for your retraction. It’s been more than three months since you published your deeply flawed article, “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money,” and I’m waiting for you to admit to cherry-picking quotes and arriving at sensational conclusions. I thought that by now the published rebuttals of your piece would’ve prompted you to recant your story, but it seems you’re determined to stand by your incomplete analysis. Yet before I write off your journalistic credibility based upon flawed assertions such as “tribal colleges often have abysmal success rates,” I’m compelled to do my part to help you see the error of your ways. The question is: What’s the best way to teach you how to listen?
Two sisters from the Omaha Tribe keep a list of the people who still speak their language. There are 12 names left. Glenna Slater and Octa Keen are among the few certified to teach the Omaha tribe’s language, Umónhon. None of the fluent speakers are under 70. The single leaf of notebook paper is filled with names scribbled out. The sisters fear a day may come when the last name is scratched out.
Little Big Horn College President David Yarlott, Crow, says non-Native students choose to go to tribal colleges for a variety of reasons, among them proximity to home, access to a high quality education, low teacher-student ratios and low tuition costs. Twenty percent of students attending the nation’s 37 TCUs are non-Native, according to testimony presented by American Indian Higher Education Consortium President and CEO Carrie L. Billy before the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations in April. Montana is one of only three states (the others are North Dakota and Arizona) that provide funding to tribal colleges to help defray the expense of educating non-beneficiary (i.e., non-AI/AN) students. On January 26, the Montana House Education Committee heard testimony regarding a bill introduced by Rep. Susan Webber, House District 16, that would grant a modest increase in the dollar amount the state gives TCUs for each FTE non-beneficiary student.
Tribal college grad honored for preserving language “If you understand the Lakota language, it’s a poetic language,” she said. “I’ve always been amazed at the way they were able to tell stories. I loved to hear the old men get up and talk. Their speeches were beautiful.”
He taught at Oglala Lakota College for over 20 years, where he was a cultural instructor. He taught traditional songs, dance, traditional herbs and foods, language and history. OLC student Lilly Jones said about Mesteth, “He treated everyone the same. Whether it was a Hollywood film crew or a student, he was always so respectful and humble.”
Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower, 34, received statewide recognition this month after being named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Top 40 under 40. Brower was nominated from a list of some 160 candidates and 230 nominations, the journal reported, which organizers of the list said represented some of the state’s leading entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.
The school started the process last year to work with the South Dakota tribe to make sure the Indian mascot remains in the respectful spirit in which it was chosen. Now, the Loveland school is asking students from Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota to design some new logos that the Loveland school might adopt. “It opens the discussion, and it involves input to pick a mascot that isn’t offensive,” said Michelle Salvatore, teacher at the accredited tribal college. “It’s a cool thing to do, and it gives them a voice, and they’re proactive in their own identity.”
BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) have a new collaboration underway for workforce training. The partnership established today will enhance UTTC’s curriculum and provide a pathway for trained workers to fill high-demand transportation jobs across the state of North Dakota. The partnership focuses on UTTC’s Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) programs. Students will receive hands-on experience from NDDOT personnel, including job shadowing, mentoring, and equipment training. The NDDOT will work with UTTC on developing their training curriculum to ensure graduates are prepared for and have the opportunity for careers in the transportation industry.
College Fund president Cheryl Crazy Bull, whose Lakota name Wacinyanpi Win means “they depend on her,” recently spoke with INSIGHT Into Diversity, looking back on a quarter century of successes as well as the challenges ahead.
For the past several years, my students and I have been experimenting with making fuel pellets from invasive species. The projects have been funded by Michigan’s Biomass Energy Office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and most recently the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. We have also collaborated with Michigan State University and Bay Mills Community College.
North Dakota’s Department of Transportation is teaming up with United Tribes Technical College on workforce training. Officials say the new partnership will enhance the Bismarck school’s curriculum and provide a pathway for trained workers to fill high-demand transportation jobs across the state.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The gap in bachelor-degree attainment between the nation’s richest and poorest students by age 24 has doubled during the last four decades, according to a report released Tuesday. The percent of students from the lowest-income families – those making $34,160 a year or less – earning a bachelor’s degree has inched up just 3 points since 1970, rising from 6 to 9 percent by 2013. Meanwhile, college completion for students from the wealthiest families has risen dramatically, climbing from 44 to 77 percent.
One photo shows 33-year-old Tanksi Morning Star Clairmont, who grew up off the reservation in Denver. She was usually the only Native American in school growing up. She began to embrace her Native identity in high school by performing cultural dances for her classmates. She also learned the Lakota language and rituals from her grandmother and mother, and she continues to share them with her community in Denver, where she works for the American Indian College Fund. Her portrait shows her dressed in hand-beaded regalia in the colors and patterns of the Lakota and Dakota tribes, standing near a river in a park close to her home in Denver. “I’m proud that we, as Native Americans, can maintain our traditional lifestyle whether we live in the city or on the reservation and that we can be educated and be professionals, too,” Clairmont said in “Red Road.”
“The idea is that we’re all in the game of educating Montanans,” says Rep. George Kipp III, D-Heart Butte, adding that tribal colleges have increasingly become “feeder schools” to bigger campuses like the University of Montana and Montana State University. Webber, who also serves on BCC’s board of trustees, says the increased funding proposed in the bill could help accelerate the growth already taking place on Montana’s tribal college campuses, and would harness the influx of non-Indian students in recent years. Non-Indian students now make up 30 percent of total enrollment at Salish Kootenai College; Kipp notes a similar increase at BCC in response to the expansion of its nursing program and its continued development of four-year programs. “All we’re trying to do with this bill,” says Sen. Sharon Stewart-Peregoy, D-Crow Agency, “is equal the playing field and provide adequate resources for tribally controlled colleges who are providing a service to all Montanans.”
HELENA (AP) — A Montana lawmaker proposed Monday that tribal colleges receive the same per-student funding that community colleges receive. Rep. Susan Webber of Browning introduced House Bill 196 in the House Education Committee. The Democrat’s measure builds on a 2013 law that temporarily raised the amount of state funding provided to tribal colleges to educate non-Indian students. That aid totals $3,000 per student annually and is half the amount that Montana’s community colleges receive per student. Webber’s proposal would match funding for students at tribal colleges to the average aid provided to community colleges.
RAPID CITY – Seven South Dakota colleges and universities are launching a program this summer aimed at helping incoming American Indian students get a strong start toward completing an engineering, science or math degree.
Listen: Meet Leander “Russ” McDonald, the new president of the United Tribes Technical College. He’ll discuss current legislation under discussion in Bismarck regarding Tribal Colleges; what makes for student success; and President Obama’s new proposal to create a “Tuition-Free” system at community colleges.
A study conducted by a group of scientists at Montana State University and California State University, Long Beach, has found that students from underrepresented minority groups are more likely to pursue scientific or research careers in biosciences if they believe the careers will in some way help them give back to their home communities. The study, “The Role of Altruistic Values in Motivating Underrepresented Minority Students for Biomedicine,” was published in the January issue of the journal BioScience. Co-authors were Jessi L. Smith and Elizabeth R. Brown, both then researchers with the MSU Department of Psychology, Allen G. Harmsen, a research scientist affiliated with the MSU Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Andrew Z. Mason and Dustin B. Thoman of California State University, Long Beach. Thoman is with the Department of Psychology and Mason with the Department of Biological Sciences.
Uranium mining in the southern Black Hills compromises water supplies, according to expert testimony by Oglala Lakota College Department Co-Chair Hannan LaGarry, released Jan. 12 in response to a federal administrative order. Azarga Uranium Corp., formerly Powertech Uranium Corp., sought unsuccessfully to keep the testimony from the public in the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s challenge of the company’s proposal to reopen uranium mines and mills at the Dewey-Burdock site in Custer and Fall River counties adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
FARGO — North Dakota State University will partner with a tribal college in South Dakota to expand that college’s degree programs and increase the number of Native American students at NDSU. Officials from NDSU and Sisseton Wahpeton College signed a memorandum of understanding Friday afternoon to mark the new partnership.
Guest Commentary Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald Editor’s Note: Last week Friday, President Barack Obama announced an initiative that would provide two-years of free tuition for Americans to attend a community college. Included in the proposal are the 37 tribal colleges in Indian Country. “The increasing cost of education continues to be an issue for the American Indian students we serve at United Tribes with post-secondary education and workforce training programs. We support and assist them in accessing as many resources as available. However, additional resources to help them get through their first two years of college would be beneficial – both to students and the college.
New Funding Helps to Further School’s Mission SANTA FE, N.M – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce plans to expand its Master Artist-in-Residence Program, its Student Internship Program, and introduce a Sculpture and Foundry Residence Program. The expansion of these programs will bring additional educational knowledge from artists and Tribal Communities to IAIA students thereby supporting them academically — and in their careers.
A humanities grant will enable Haskell Indian Nations University to create a summer literature program for freshmen who need remedial English classes. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Haskell a $99,800 Tribal Colleges and Universities Humanities Initiative, the university announced this month. The amount will fully fund the development and implementation of the “Summer Bridge Program in Literature” at Haskell.
United Tribes Technical College has a new president. He is Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald (Dakota/Arikara), an enrolled citizen of the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota. McDonald is the former Spirit Lake tribal chairman and was selected October 24 to take over leadership of the intertribal technical college in Bismarck, North Dakota. He succeeds David M. Gipp, who served as the college’s executive director and president for 37 years.
On December 11, 2014, Navajo Technical University nursing instructors Shawnadine Becenti and Jonathan Lumibao graduated with Master’s of Nursing degrees from the University of New Mexico’s Nursing Education program. The 39-credit hour degree program was offered with the option of a part-time curriculum totaling six semesters, which allowed for both Becenti and Lumibao to earn their degrees while simultaneously working full-time teaching in NTU’s pre-nursing and registered nursing programs. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/01/04/navajo-technical-university-instructors-balance-work-and-education-158448
Two of the most recognizable names in the Native music world, Indigenous and The Plateros, are now one. After two consecutive summers of touring together, the blues trio of cousins has become the next generation of Indigenous. Frontman Mato Nanji, winner of the Artist of the Year at the 2014 Native American Music Awards, will still lead the band. But Levi Platero, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero will be his new cohorts as the band gets back to its Native roots. ICTMN caught up with Levi Platero, after a performance at the New Mexico State Fair. “Mato asked us if we wanted to become his band full-time,” Levi recalls. “Me and the guys actually thought about it. ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if we were actually to become Indigenous?’ It never really occurred to us that it would really happen. At first, we were just opening for them. Later, we started helping with a few shows. Now, he’s picking us up to be his full-time band, which is just incredible. And, it’s awesome. I’m really excited about it.”
BOZEMAN – Montana State University and three partners across the Northwest are working together to increase the number of American Indian and other underrepresented minorities entering and earning doctorates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. With a new four-year grant awarded from the National Science Foundation, MSU and the University of Montana will focus on developing an Indigenous mentoring model for American Indian graduate students in STEM degree programs, while the University of Idaho and Washington State University will partner in this effort and lead distinct activities, said Karlene Hoo, dean of The Graduate School at MSU. Together with help from Montana Tech, Salish Kootenai College and Heritage University and other tribal colleges in the region, this Pacific Northwest Alliance will develop a circuit for success through strategic activities for underrepresented students in STEM, Hoo said. Each partner will research different issues that affect enrollment and recruitment, then share their findings and put them into practice. MSU will use its $286,000 portion of the grant to study doctoral socialization and develop a mutual mentoring model.
Leander “Russ” McDonald Wants Native American Culture at Center of Studies BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new president of United Tribes Technical College noticed something a little off when the school hosted a welcome event in his honor earlier this month. Faculty members were sitting in front nearest the speakers, with students behind them. President Leander “Russ” McDonald would prefer to have students up front, with faculty surrounding them. “None of us would be here without them,” he said. McDonald is the newest face on campus, taking the reins from the vice president of academic, career and technical education, Phil Baird, who served as interim president for eight months. David Gipp, who led the college for 37 years, was named chancellor in January, a role created to focus on the school’s growth and development.
Class is in session at Leech Lake Tribal College just like any other day, but today is not a typical Thursday. As part of the White house College Opportunity Day of Action, the president of the college, Dr. Donald Day, was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with the president of the United States. This is the second year the white house has hosted a day of action, but the first time the Leech Lake Tribal College was invited to join. They celebrated the honor with a live stream viewing party.
KESHENA – At the College of Menominee Nation, many students like Sally Hill are going back to school. “The job that I was passed over for, I didn’t have the bachelor’s education that was required. Even though I had that experience, that piece of paper kept me from getting that job,” said Hill. The College of Menominee Nation President Verna Fowler says childhood poverty prevents many local Native American students from getting degrees.
USDA will also support partnerships with three tribal colleges (Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D.; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.) by providing grant writing assistance and other services to help traditionally underserved communities access federal resources. We are also providing a $5.4 million loan to upgrade broadband service for residents of New Mexico’s Mescalero Apache Reservation. This is the first telecommunications loan USDA has made under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.
WHITE HOUSE— Maurianna Loretto, an environmental science major at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, says education is key to beating the odds stacked against so many Native American young people. “There are challenges in the community,” said Loretto, 22. “There are negative influences that someone can easily get into and get wrapped up in — and I think we just need people to motivate the young to do good for themselves.”
Menominee tribal college president follows parents’ counsel to ‘help others less fortunate’
Tribal college student Rebecca Diaz is grateful for the help she and her family receive from supporters of the American Indian College Fund. This veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces wants to provide the people in her community a needed service, and earning a college degree is the first big step to realize that dream.
Making a better life is the number one reason Native college students say they attend a tribal college, Cheryl Crazy Bull, president and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, said. “They show us by their community work that a better life is more than employment,” Crazy Bull said. “It is about health, social justice, quality education, and a better tribal government.”
LaDuke spoke with students about how to be effective in creating social change. Visit is highlight of Native American Heritage Month
Lakota Woglaka Wounspe is a kindergarten through fourth grade language immersion school supported by Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. I visited the school in 2013 to learn how their Administration for Native Americans (ANA) language grant unfolded. Looking at student assessments and hearing Lakota through the halls, I could tell the project increased use of the language. I was equally impressed when the director said his students have a more positive outlook, deeper connection to culture, and increased self-confidence as a result of the program.
Last year at its annual gala, LaGuardia Community College, arguably the most ethnically diverse college in the country, honored Marilyn Skony Stamm, the chief executive of a global heating and air-conditioning business. A child of the South Side of Chicago who had gone to Northwestern on scholarship, Ms. Stamm maintained a committed interest in education and joined LaGuardia’s foundation board six years ago, proving herself a skilled networker for an institution with minimal capacity for soliciting money.
The highest rate of increase of 3.7 percent was among private, nonprofit colleges. And even though the increases across higher education outpaced inflation, the rates of increase were lower than those students saw five, 10 or 30 years ago, the College Board said.
When Dr. Billie Jo Kipp assumed the President’s position at Blackfeet Community College in 2011, she knew there were issues to be confronted. The college was some $906,000 in the red in net assets; the faculty hadn’t had an increase in wages in three years, and no consistent means were being used to measure success or failure. Mostly students would go to BCC after having failed at another institution, not so much after high school. Much has changed in three years at BCC. In her annual evaluation, Dr. Kipp laid out her objectives and the progress made in achieving them.
Four Navajo Technical University students were announced as recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, a $75,000 scholarship that allocates copy8,750 over four years to female tribal college students in the STEM fields. The American Indian College Fund administers the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, and stated that it required a restrictive application process that was limited to four-year majors with a 2.0 GPA in the fields of Computer Science, Digital Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering. With these restrictions, only two tribal colleges qualified to benefit from the scholarship, NTU and Sinte Gleska University; however, only NTU students were awarded.
In launching its new baccalaureate program in business administration, Diné College is taking steps to strengthen the economic sovereignty of the Navajo Nation. The Higher Learning Commission has approved a new baccalaureate program in business administration to be offered at Diné College. The new Bachelor of Arts degree prepares students in business administration generally, but emphasizes tribal management and economic development. The program is offered through the college’s Business, Applied Science, Economic, and Technology (BASET) Division. “These academic programs serve bot h the workforce and the community development needs of the Navajo Nation and other tribes,” stated Diné College president Dr. Maggie George. “Workers in the tribal business sectors can now seek to advance their careers at Diné College.”
If you listen to Christian Gering speak, he sounds like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. Gering, San Felipe Pueblo, told ICTMN that when he runs, he doesn’t represent himself, but he represents the people, ancestors, the men who have gone before him, teammates and everyone who helped along the way.
The 25th Anniversary Gala for the American Indian College Fund turned out to be the largest event the organization has ever held, with almost 450 people in attendance. Of those, more than 30 tribal college presidents were in attendance. The evening began with cocktails and a silent auction that included Native pottery, birchbark items, jewelry, Pendleton blankets, artwork and ledgerwork. Once everyone moved into the dining area, Master of Ceremonies David Ushery, co-anchor for NBC 4’s weekend edition of “News 4 New York” began introducing videos created for the evening.
Fond du Lac Reservation, MN (NNCNOW.com) – There has long been concern about levels of methyl mercury in the St. Louis River watershed. Testing for mercury levels usually involves testing the fish that swim in the river, but Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is experimenting with a different way to test those levels. October 22, 2014 Updated Oct 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM CDT
The American Indian College Fund, a national Native education non-profit, announced October 16 that Comcast and NBCUniversal is partnering with them to further the cause of Native American higher education with a donation of $5 million of advertising for its 2015 public service announcement (PSA) on its cable system and an additional gift of $500,000 of in-kind services and cash. The support will help the College Fund launch its 25th anniversary goals to increase Native American scholarship support and financial assistance for the nation’s tribal colleges and universities to increase the number of Native Americans with a higher education.
A hardscrabble childhood didn’t “harden” Erika Torres-Hernandez, but it did sharpen the Chippewa-Cree tribe member’s resolve to achieve her goals and give back. A recipient of a Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at a tribal college in Rocky Boy, Mont. Once the 3.7-GPA student earns her four-year degree from a university, she plans to return to the reservation to teach high school.
It’s arguably the biggest challenge facing many public schools in Minnesota: Disproportionately high numbers of black and American Indian K-12 students aren’t doing well academically, compared with their white peers. Along with Latino kids, they are the focus of any discussion about learning gaps or disparities. Yet students with the same challenges as those in public schools can thrive at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). Those institutions have long histories of educating students and producing high percentages of America’s professionals of color.
More than a 100 people helped dedicate the new Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute at the University of Montana. The institute is located in the Payne Family Native American Center. It aims to bring higher levels of interaction among UM, tribal communities and tribal colleges. Cobell was a Native American activist from the Blackfeet tribe who led one of the largest class-action lawsuits against the federal government. The lawsuit contended that the U.S. Interior Department illegally obtained billions of dollars in royalties owed to individual tribal members across the country. The dedication ceremony included members of Cobell’s family, friends and UM officials.
Four Navajo Technical University students were announced recipients of the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, a $75,000 scholarship that allocates $18,750 over four years to female tribal college students in the STEM fields. The American Indian College Fund administers the Clare Booth Luce Scholarship, and stated that it required a restrictive application process that was limited to four-year majors with a 2.0 GPA in the fields of Computer Science, Digital Manufacturing, or Industrial Engineering. With these restrictions, only two tribal colleges qualified to benefit from the scholarship, NTU and Sinte Gleska University; however, only NTU students were awarded.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College’s Environmental Institute in Cloquet, Minnesota has been awarded $1.15 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to expand its STEM—science, technology, engineering, math—programs, reports Northland News Center.
They all stood up as Shoni Schimmel walked onto the basketball floor filled with more than 250 Native American children standing in awe. There was no loud applause, no shouting or clapping, just a surge of energy as she circled through the kids, hands extended, giving them a reason to believe as she made her way to the microphone at mid-court Sunday at Joe McDonald Health Center at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana.
Oglala Lakota College construction technology students collaborate with University of Colorado professor and environmental design students on building projects, helping to solve housing crisis on the reservation.
Video and a slideshow of some of our 2014 SGU graduates!
Haskell Indian Nation Dancers travel the country to share culture Tuesday, October 7, 2014 | 6:10 p.m. CDT BY Jiayue Huang, Kouichi Shirayanagi…
The key to Native American student success on a college campus begins in elementary school, says a long-time South Dakota educator. Lionel Bordeaux has been president of Sinte Gleska University, one of the first tribal colleges in the country, since 1973, but he was at the University of South Dakota Monday to talk about challenges faced by Native American students pursuing a degree in higher education. “We need to come together and sit down and talk about the long range — a vision across the Midwest where tribal and non-tribal people come together for education,” he said.
Fort Peck Community College was awarded a grant of $317,000 each year for the next five years to develop a comprehensive worksite wellness program within the Fort Peck Community College, Fort Peck Tribes and Poplar School District.
Cloquet, MN (NNCNOW.com) – The Environmental Institute at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) has been awarded $1.15 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “It’s a really big grant,” said Director of the Environmental Institute, Courtney Kowalczak, “It continues on a lot of the programming that we have started in the past and it makes us able to expand what we’re doing.”
Some of the houses will be modular homes placed on insulated form foundations. Campbell said the project could put local residents to work and might involve the Fort Peck Community College building trades program.
About 1,000 people are expected to attend the Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association’s gathering Friday and Saturday at Squaxin Island’s Skookum Creek Events Center
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A $100,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will allow a University of Kansas Medical Center researcher to examine smoking policies of tribal colleges nationwide. Christina Pacheco, J.D., assistant professor of family medicine, will explore how restrictive smoking policies at tribal colleges and universities affect students’ smoking-related behaviors and their exposure to secondhand smoke.
South Dakota State University, in partnership with six other South Dakota higher education institutions, has received a $3.6 million federal grant to help American Indian and low-income students enroll and succeed in college. Called South Dakota Jump Start, the program will introduce 900 students to higher education through a summer campus-based experience prior to their freshman year of college. The students then return for two summers after that to earn college credit and participate in part-time employment through on-campus jobs or undergraduate research to help pay for their higher education.
Four colleges across North Dakota are receiving nearly $10 million in federal funding to support training programs for energy-related careers. Bismarck State College will be receiving the most money.. $4.1 million. The other schools getting part of the funding are Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College and Williston State College.
“We Are A Horse Nation,” a new documentary about the Lakota relationship with horses, is expected to be complete by November. “The Oceti Sakowin, or Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota, are all from the horse nation. I traveled to all the reservations in South Dakota to see what they wanted to share about the history of the horse and their traditional stories,” Keith Brave Heart, social marketing manager of Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi, a horse program at Sinte Gleska University, said.
Haskell Indian Nations University student filmmakers Robert Parker, Sarah Kissoon, and Lance One Horn interview Haskell faculty and some class of 2014 graduates in this video.
The Menominee People are known world-wide for their stewardship of the Menominee forest. “Sustainability” is not just a keyword or business objective, but a way-of-life. Prompted by Menominee’s long tradition of sustainable forestry practices, tribal leaders created the Sustainable Development Institute to encourage, promote, and build upon Menominee approach to sustainable development. Please continue to the Center for First Americans Forestry page for more information.
The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort is looking to conduct a zero waste event next year after a multi-year collaboration with Central Michigan University’s Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems. The collaboration, said Tom Rohrer, GLISS director and CMU professor, will target areas in which the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe can improve its waste management practices at the casino.
FORT TOTTEN, North Dakota — The U.S. Agriculture Department is partnering with the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota to open a new Head Start educational facility on the tribe’s reservation.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – Haskell Indian Nations University is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and has inaugurated a new president, Venida Chenault – the first alumna to lead the school. Chenault, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Kickapoo tribes, became the seventh president of the university in Lawrence during a ceremony Wednesday. She was named president in January after serving in several positions at Haskell since 1991, The Lawrence Journal-World reported.
When the National Museum of the American Indian opened a decade ago this month, the tone, design and scholarship of the exhibitions were unlike anything else in Washington.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — Two federal agencies have awarded the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck nearly $600,000 in grants. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer says the grants come from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice. One grant is meant to help the college improve educational opportunities for Indian children, while the other award is expected to assist the school reduce domestic and dating violence, sexual assault and stalking on campus. Cramer says reducing violent crime is vital to improving communities in Indian reservations.
The theme of the Commencement exercises was: “Sharing the Sicangu Oyate and Sinte Gleska University Founders’ Vision and ‘Now We Make the Promise to Fulfill the Vision’.” Before the actual handing out of the diplomas to the grads, the morning of Graduation is a special one with a flurry of activities. Beginning at 8 am, Chief Leonard Crow Dog, Sr., Lakota Instructors, Duane Hollow Horn Bear and Francis Cutt, and SGU President, Lionel Bordeaux conducted the Anpe Wi Hoyekiyapi (Calling on the sun to bring good energy and health to all creation) ceremony. All of SGU’s faculty, instructors, administration, students, and the public were invited to attend the ceremony.
CCCC Prepares for Children’s Symposium and Anniversary Celebration Sep 18th, 2014 | By tcj | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web OnlyCelebrating its 40th anniversary, Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten, North Dakota, is preparing for an event-filled week September 23-26. The festivities will begin on Tuesday, September 23 in the CCCC amphitheater with the Spirit Lake Children’s Services Symposium. Featured speakers include CCCC president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, Tim Hathaway of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, tribal chairman and CCCC graduate Leander “Russ” McDonald, Dan Orr and Randy Mittleider of the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purden among others. Tuesday’s activities will conclude with a two hour training seminar entitled “Wakanyeja Tewicahila Pi (Cherishing the Children),” which Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs will lead.
Haskell Indian Nations University held it’s Presidential Inauguration Wednesday morning in Haskell Auditorium. This year the university welcomes its seventh president, alumnae, Dr. Venida Chenault.
Venida Chenault was inaugurated as the seventh president of Haskell Indian Nations University on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Haskell. Dr. Chenault, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi and Kickapoo tribes, is the first student of Haskell to become its president.
A class in crime scene investigation proved to be so popular in early September that the staff at Black Hills Learning Center (BHLC) had to find a larger room to hold it.
The 2013 Legislature appropriated $5 million to the state’s five tribal colleges to create or enhance programs and courses of study to prepare students for North Dakota’s high-demand job opportunities. The Turtle Mountain Community College received more than $1.2 million to fund faculty, curriculum, equipment and supplies for some of the college’s career and technical education programs.
BISMARCK, N.D. _ Students gathered Friday at United Tribes Technical College to experience Native American culture through traditional dance, music, dress and inspirational speakers. The Youth Day experience was part of the United Tribes International Powwow. It began with a prayer by Ernie Calf Boss Ribs, who said sage smudge purifies the body, mind and spirit and puts everyone’s minds together as one.
Athlete Billy Mills was orphaned at the age of 12. Through his tough times, he never thought he would win an Olympic gold medal, but he did. And today, the United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit honored Mills for the hope he’s brought to his people. The mission of ICWA, first founded in 1978, is to keep or reunite Indian children with their families.
From small local tribal colleges to regional and national institutions, more Native students are opting for a college education, on their terms, than ever before. Simply by doing what needs to be done, tribal colleges are leading the national trend in higher education to develop programs that serve their own community.
Growing up on a Native American reservation has profoundly impacted my life choices and career path. My community members and surroundings taught me about the worldview of my people, and the knowledge I acquired from community elders continues to influence how I interact with others. As an Indigenous person, I represent where I come from along with my community’s core values, including love, faith, compassion, service, and dedication to community. These values are instilled in me. They are who I am. My personal goal is to be of service to my community and I have realized the acquisition of knowledge is one avenue to accomplish my goal.
Like many regional entities and programs, the Uqautchim Uglua (Language Nest) initiative at I?isa?vik College works for indigenized education and Iñupiat educational self-determination on the North Slope of Alaska. Unlike some other programs, however, Uqautchim Uglua is relatively new, designed in 2011 and implemented in 2012. But the roots of the program, and the issues which it is intended to address, go back much further.
He was the youngest president, at age 32, in the history of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and he founded Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Gerald One Feather walked on Thursday, August 21 at a hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota.
American Indian college students heading back to school this fall face tough challenges. Some are common to all college students and some are unique to Native students. Many American Indian students begin their post-secondary education at a tribal or a community college, so this discussion focuses primarily on those institutions.
The least expensive and final tribal college on the list is Dine College in serving Navajo Nation in Arizona. Dine is a large community college housing over 2,000 students serving 27,000 square miles of Navajo Nation.
Cottonwood Institute was excited to collaborate with the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in a unique Fire and Flood Project exploring the foothills and gaining a deeper understanding of fire, water, and flood issues in Colorado. After an early morning pick-up at DIA, a group of 17 from Wisconsin, began their trip at The Alliance Center in Denver, CO, the hub for sustainability in Colorado. The Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC), as the group is known, heard from local sustainability experts to learn more about fire and water issues facing Colorado. With full bellies after a lunch from Smiling Moose Deli, the crew packed up and headed to Cal-wood Education Center just outside of Jamestown, CO, for the next 5 days and 4 nights.
Emily Boyd-Valandra, 29, a wildlife biologist at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, is emblematic of new tribal wildlife managers working around the Northern Plains. She went to college and studied ecology. (Nationwide, the rate of indigenous people in America attending college has doubled since 1970, according to the American Indian College Fund.)
OGLALA | Gerald Lloyd One Feather Sr. “Sunka Wakan Waste – Good Horse” and “Wiyaka Wanji – One Feather”, age 76, of Oglala, SD, entered the spirit world on August 21, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD. Gerald was born to Elva and Joe One Feather of the Oglala Junior Community on July 10, 1938, and grew up in a traditional Lakota family and tiospaye. He had a lifelong love of learning and reading, being outdoors, and traveling. He was proud to serve as an ambassador and leader of his Lakota People and loved his family and friends.
For the first time in more than a century a buffalo hide tipi constructed by Northern Cheyenne tribal members will be erected. The tipi will then be dedicated at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Vore Buffalo Jump three miles west of Beulah, Wyo.
SIOUX CITY | Little Priest College announced the launch of its Warrior athletic program at a media day event here Wednesday. LPTC is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 11 and the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).
Native Americans represent just one per cent of the US population and some languages have only one speaker left. Now a new generation is fighting to preserve the culture. Meet the women leading that fight:
David M. Gipp has been appointed by the American Indian College Fund to serve as the Fund’s representative on the Cobell Board of Trustees. Gipp is the former president of United Tribes Technical College and currently serves as the college’s chancellor, focusing on outreach, partnerships and development.
To celebrate the magazine’s 25th anniversary, Tribal College Journal asked the tribal colleges and universities to nominate 25 alumni to be honored. Although some of these nominees have achieved great success or even national fame, the common denominator is service. All of them serve their people in one way or another. For example, Larry Emerson, Ph.D., works with Indigenous education and health organizations across the continent. Dr. Esther Tailfeathers has been the only medical doctor serving several remote Native communities in Alberta, Canada, and she teaches other doctors about Native health issues.
The trustees of White Earth Tribal and Community College Council (WETCC, Mahnomen, MN) have named Terry Janis (Oglala Lakota) as the new college president. Originally from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Janis has worked and advocated for Native people for the past 20 years.
In 1989, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) collaborated with Paul Boyer to establish a journal that would allow tribal colleges and universities to share information with each other and with other organizations and institutions. Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education (TCJ) was the end product. Over the past 25 years, the publication has evolved from a spartan black-and-white newsletter, to a full-color magazine with a variety of departments and feature articles. Some aspects of TCJ have remained the same. Boyer launched the column, “On Campus” as a regular department of tribal college news items—and it has appeared in every issue of TCJ since. Other elements of the journal have changed; there have been myriad departments that have come and gone, and the layout and graphics have transformed tremendously.
The board of directors at Fort Peck Community College (FPCC, Poplar, MT) has selected long-time employee and former student Haven Gourneau as the new FPCC president. Gourneau exemplifies the success of tribal college students, as well as the impact TCUs have on their respective communities.
Lesley Eldridge and Sheridan Winston Cowboy have a few things in common. Both are members of the Navajo Nation from Gallup. They are in their early 20s and recently graduated from the University of New Mexico. They plan to pursue their education in health care, then apply that knowledge toward helping other Native Americans. Cowboy and Eldridge are also two of six New Mexican recipients this year of $5,000 Diverse Scholars Initiative scholarships from the United Health Foundation. All six are Navajo.
The chancellor of the tribal college in Bismarck has been named as a representative of a scholarship program that is part of a $3.4 billion government settlement with Native American landowners.
BOZEMAN – Montana’s ability to conduct biomedical research has received another boost in the form of $18 million from the National Institutes of Health. Although Harmsen is based at MSU, the Montana INBRE Program involves 13 tribal colleges, community colleges and universities. The program, in fact, is aimed more at schools with undergraduate programs rather than only those with graduate students.
North Dakota has more than 20,000 job openings, like welders or electricians. The state’s Department of Commerce is working to fill those positions by granting funds to tribal colleges. UTTC received more than $1 million in grant money. The department says it’s looking forward to using those dollars during the school year.
The 9th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium was held at the new Coast Salish Institute Building at Northwest Indian College, July 10-12, 2014. The symposium began with a traditional blessing of the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library Collection – over 3000 volumes that were donated to the college by the late Lakota scholar’s wife, Barbara. Mrs. Deloria was on hand to participate in the blessing and was presented with a blanket to acknowledge her support of the college and the symposium.
Senator John Hoeven today announced the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has awarded $255,000 in grant funds to the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to deliver strategic business consulting and deal-making services to eligible minority business enterprises to encourage job creation and retention.
The American Indian College Fund (the College Fund) announced that $100,000 in scholarships have been awarded to 18 academically excellent students in partnership with United Health Foundation’s Diverse Scholars Initiative, which has provided nearly $2 million in scholarships this year through partnerships with organizations like the College Fund. The Diverse Scholars Initiative aims to increase diversity in the health care workforce by supporting promising future health professionals.
The Salish Kootenai College is one of four tribal colleges or universities, nationwide, to receive a grant from NASA to develop climate change curriculum. The grants come from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project, and range from $413,000 to $1,009,000.
Winnebago, NE – Dr. Johnny D. Jones was inaugurated as the 15th President of Little Priest Tribal College on June 14, 2014. This was the first presidential inauguration that Little Priest Tribal College performed as it is a new ceremony to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU’s). Little Priest Tribal College students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends as well as the Winnebago Tribal Chairman were in attendance to commemorate this event.
A group of young Blackfeet and members of the Montana Wilderness Association spent the week on the Rocky Mountain Front, but this trip was more business than leisure. Eight Blackfeet youth and two team leaders spent five days camped out in the breath taking wilderness of Badger Two Medicine helping maintain area trails. The trip was a partnership between the Montana Wilderness Association and Blackfeet Community College’s Native Science Fellows Program.
The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to an original one-act play staged in the Norbert Hill Center Auditorium in Oneida, by students in the College’s Summer Theatre Production course. The play, “Blood Quantum: Fifty Shades of Red,” is a comedy that discusses the origins and complications of using Indian blood quantum for tribal enrollment. It was written by CMN students Carol Brunette, Karen Cimicud, Yetsitsehewe Danforth, DJ Denny, Mason Powless, and Melissa Wilber in a playwriting course at CMN in the Spring semester 2014.
The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) is dedicated to examining sustainability issues and applying them to the Menominee model of sustainable development.
In response to a report released by the Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) on federal student loans and community colleges, the nation’s tribal colleges and universities, which collectively are the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, reiterate remarks issued earlier this week by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).
Diné College on the Navajo Nation is offering a new bachelor’s degree program in tribal business and administration.
When the Navajo Nation Presidential Forum takes its traveling tour to the Navajo Reservation, it will stop in Crownpoint on July 21, 2014 at the Navajo Technical University’s newly constructed comprehensive wellness center. The forum will be the first event held in the 23,537-square-foot facility, which is expected to open its doors to students and the community permanently on August 30th uses and will include a multipurpose center and weight room, men’s and women’s locker rooms, and a two story gymnasium.
Navajo Technical University showcased its talents at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference by medaling seven students competing in their respective trade and skill occupations at the Kansas City Convention Center from June 25-26, 2014.
Blackfeet Community College Churning Out Chess Champions July 14, 2014 | Vol. 10, No. 222 The Blackfeet Community College Chess Team won first place at the 2014 American Indian Higher Education Consortium National Chess Championships held this March in Billings, Montana.
Sinte Gleska University features this video on its Spotlight on Lakota Studies page, and we thought it was worth highlighting. Laura Black TomaHawk’s message about education is no less relevant today than it was when she spoke at Sinte Gleska University.
Starting today, people on the Blackfeet Reservation as well as the general population can access interactive information on the Piikani language and culture through a new website developed by Blackfeet Community College.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, provided the keynote address for the 27th National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education in Indianapolis, Indiana. She addressed institutional racism against Native Americans in higher education; the value of a tribal college education in eliminating barriers to Native people in achieving a higher education; and her own inspirational journey through higher education as a Lakota woman.
Dr. Elden Eugene Lawrence (Dakota), former president of Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC, Sisseton, SD) passed away this past Fourth of July. He was 77.
The Department of the Interior today announced that $2.9 million has been transferred to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund was authorized by the historic Cobell Settlement and provides financial assistance through annual scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students wishing to pursue post-secondary education and training.
Arizona State University has entered an agreement with the San Carlos Apache Nation in southeastern Arizona to develop a new tribal college. This is the first partnership of its kind for both the university and the tribe.
Science fiction readers have a wealth of American Indian texts to devour.All of Wilson’s novels are captivating. So is the late Choctaw writer D. L. Birchfield’s 2004 novel Field of Honor, which speculates about a high-tech Choctaw community that lived and thrived under the Ouachita Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma for the entirety of the twentieth century. Cherokee writer Blake Hausman’s 2011 novel, Riding the Trail of Tears, also must not be missed.It imagines a future where tourists can use virtual reality to partake in the Cherokee removal.
Law enforcement personnel are there to serve and protect communities, but a retiring workforce means many open positions. There are 61 new recruits are ready to take on the duty after graduating from the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College on Saturday.
Fort Peck Community College is excited to announce our participation in the National Science Foundation Sustainable Building Research and Mentoring Program. This year’s students and mentors come from Haskell University, Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and here on the Fort Peck Reservation.
President Barack Obama’s million-megawatt smile shined brightest for children and young people on his visit to the Standing Rock Dakota/ Lakota Nation. Upwards of 2,000 tribal members gave the President and First Lady Michelle Obama a warm welcome June 13 in the dance arbor of the tiny village of Cannon Ball for the community’s annual Flag Day Celebration.
The project will build capacity at the colleges for maize breeding and seed saving. Regular maize-breeding workshops will be conducted, along with field days and variety evaluations. Survey information will also be collected. Partners in the project are Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, ND; Stone Child Community College, Box Elder, MT; Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND; and Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society, LaMoure, ND.
The Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation were saddened by the death of Tribal Executive Board vice chairwoman Annette “Ann” Lambert, Friday, June 20. Lambert, 62, was in her second term on the board. She was reelected in October 2013. A prepared statement from the Fort Peck Tribes said Lambert dedicated her life to the service of her people, including as one of the founders of Fort Peck Community College, working for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C., as a 20-year volunteer member of the Tribes Higher Education board of directors, director of A&S Oil and Gas, as assistant to the tribal chairman, and managing a joint venture construction company which assisted in the construction of facilities on the Northern Border Pipeline which runs through the Fort Peck Reservation, various highway projects, and the construction of the Chief Redstone Clinic in Wolf Point.
The San Carlos Apache Tribe has announced that it will partner with Arizona State University (ASU) in establishing its own tribally controlled college. The new tribal college will be the first Apache-controlled institution of higher education. “A tribal college operated by and for Apaches will help secure the future of the tribe, not just as a means for sustainable economic development, but as a critical institution to preserve our language, our culture, and our history,” stated tribal chairman Terry Rambler.
When the president and first lady recently arrived by helicopter at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, they made history. President Barack Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to visit an Indian reservation in the past eight decades. The Obamas took part in a Flag Day ceremony and met with Dakota and Lakota nation youth during their June 13 visit. Addressing the crowd, Obama promised a renewed commitment to American Indian interests, with a particular focus on education. “Let’s put our minds together to improve our schools, because our children deserve a world-class education, too, that prepares them for colleges and careers. And that means returning control of Indian education to tribal nations with additional resources and support so that you can direct your children’s education and reform,” said Obama.
The American Indian College Fund has awarded Leech Lake Tribal College with a three-year grant of $50,000 through a program designed to increase the intergenerational transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge and processes from elders to adults and children and to provide direct support for Native artists, while stemming the tide of lost and endangered cultural art forms in tribal communities. Leech Lake Tribal College was one of four selected, also selected were Oglala Lakota College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and Sinte Gleska University. Congratulations to them as well!
Clouds collect over Inyan Kara Mountain while a gentle breeze combs through the waist-high buffalo grass near the banks of Redwater Creek as six women from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation are elbow-deep in brains, tanning their first buffalo hide. “This makes your hands so soft,” one woman says to her college comrades and they all giggle.
US Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke Wednesday at a committee meeting in Washington, DC about her Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2014. KDLG’s Thea Card has more. Senator Murkowski shared her personal connection in wanting to enhance Native language learning in Alaskan schools. She explained that when she placed her children in an immersion school in Anchorage, it was difficult to get respect and support from districts for those schools.
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act (S. 1948) and the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act (S. 2299). Mr. Thomas Shortbull, president of the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, testified before the committee. – See more at:
The American Indian College Fund has awarded four three-year grants of $50,000 each to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the upper-Midwest through a program designed to increase the intergenerational transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge and processes from elders to adults and children. The grants also provide direct support for Native artists, while stemming the tide of lost and endangered cultural art forms in tribal communities. The program is funded by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Arizona State University has entered into a historic agreement with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in southeastern Arizona that will bring a college to the tribal nation, as well as programs that benefit youth and emphasize healthy lifestyles.
Arizona State University has entered into an historic agreement with the San Carlos Apache Tribe in southeastern Arizona that will bring a college to the tribal nation, as well as programs that benefit youth and emphasize healthy lifestyles.
Dwight Carlston, 25, calls himself a statistic of the Navajo Nation. Raised by a single mother, he dropped out of college after his first semester. His struggle to stay in school is reflected in data from the National Center for Education Statistics that indicate American Indians are less prepared than any other ethnic subgroup for college and careers.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, president of the American Indian College Fund, testified that a year at a TCU costs upwards of $3,000, students’ average income is $5,000 annually, and many have families to support.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday his office will consult with tribes across the country to develop ways to increase voting access for American Indians and Alaska Natives.
BISMARCK (UTN) – The United Tribes Technical College Wellness Circle has been selected to receive the “Public Health Team of the Year Award” from the North Dakota Public Health Association. The award recognizes a team that has worked collaboratively on a unique, creative, or outstanding public health effort in the past year. The association singled-out the group’s work in establishing United Tribes as a tobacco-free college campus.
In this month’s Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a strong case for reparations for black Americans. But what about payment for the injustices endured by American Indians?
Blackfeet Community College is hoping to make ripples — and maybe even waves — in the health and well-being of the tribe by adding two new nursing programs to its course offering.
Elizabeth (Lyz) Jaakola is an Anishinaabe musician and educator from the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Her Indian name, “The lady who knows how to sing,” has provided the guidance for her life’s work. In addition, she earned both her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and her Masters in Music from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her varied musical background helped prepare her for a career in music education and American Indian studies at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, where she is full-time faculty and coordinates the Ojibwemowining Resource Center.
PABLO – The U.S. Secretary of Education told the largest graduating class in Salish Kootenai College history on Saturday to appreciate the people who helped and encouraged them en route to their degrees. “And remember to pay it forward,” Arne Duncan said, “that investment people made in you.”
After eight years, the Lakota Summer Institute is bigger than ever with more than 100 participants this summer. The institute is a joint venture between the Lakota Language Consortium and Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Reservation.
Donald Pepion was a cowboy on a ranch on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. As a youth, he rode horses bareback because his family didn’t have money to buy a saddle.
FARMINGTON — Diné College will increase its tuition this fall for the first time in 10 years. Officials say the changes in rates and fee structures reflect increases in operating expenses and losses in federal funding.
Native Americans have had to watch their culture slowly die off. A program at Sitting Bull College is taking steps to preserve the Lakota/Dakota heritage–and it is finding success. Ben Smith brings us the story of a tribe who is trying to save their tradition for future generations.
The North Dakota United States Attorney’s Office’s hosted the 2014 Tribal Consultation Conference on June 5, 2014 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. The keynote speech for this year’s conference was delivered by the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. AG Holder has made improving public safety in Indian Country a priority for the Department of Justice during his time as Attorney General.
Two students and a professor at United Tribes Technical College are adding some color to the college’s Skill Center this summer.
First Nations Development Institute announced June 3 that it is divying up $400,000 in grant awards to 12 Native organizations. The grants, made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, were awarded under First Nations’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. The NAFSI grant program is intended to help tribes and Native communities build sustainable food systems, increase healthy food access and awareness, and stimulate tribal economic growth and development.
PABLO – A member of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet will shower and dress in a Pablo gymnasium before delivering the commencement address Saturday at Salish Kootenai College. That’s because first, he’ll lace up some sneakers and play basketball with local kids attending a Nike basketball camp at nearby Two Eagle River School.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — The nation’s top law enforcement official is making a rare visit to North Dakota. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is the keynote speaker Thursday at a tribal conference on the campus of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.
David Gipp, chancellor of the Bismarck tribal college, said in an interview that he attended Kennedy’s address 51 years ago. Gipp, who has headed the school since 1977, said Holder’s visit “is the biggest visit we’ve had at UTTC, and we’re very honored to have him here.”
College of Menominee Nation graduates who participated in commencement ceremonies Saturday morning, May 31, bring the alumni contingent to more than 900 individuals since the College opened in January 1993.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC), recently announced that Vern Lambert, Sr. and Melody Volk as the CCCC’s recipients of the American Indian College Fund Faculty of the Year Award for 2014.
The 20-year-old, a member of North Dakota’s Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, became the first athlete from the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to qualify for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II golf tournament.
Congratulations to the first Blackfeet Community College – Pinning of the class of 2014 – School of Nursing Grads!
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — There were few role models in medicine that aspiring doctor Tamsen O’Berry could look to for support on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, so she carved out her own track.
Born and raised in Browning, Bremner studied at the University of Montana for a year while a young mother, then transferred back to Blackfeet Community College to complete an associate degree in criminal justice. Before taking the victim specialist position in 2010, she worked as a clerk and prosecutor with the Blackfeet tribal court and returned to UM to earn a master’s degree in sociology, Indian law and statistics.
Each of Fort Peck Community College’s 46 graduates serves as an example of how hard work and commitment translate into personal and academic success.
Under the direction of College of Menominee Nation (CMN) instructor Mahrie Peterson, EDU095-01 students researched articles connected to energy use and climate change.
Education for Native Americans started long before the 1800s, when our Native people roamed free on their own land. The elders of our people were the educators. They taught the young how to respect every living thing: the trees, the grass, the animals, and the person standing next to you. They all took care of and looked out for one another. It was their way of life.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — Tribal leaders are pushing for sanctions against any student who wore a T-shirt bearing a caricature of the University of North Dakota’s former Indian head logo drinking out of a beer bong.
PABLO – Salish Kootenai College in Pablo is a small tribal college with just over 1,000 students but despite the small size, a team of students and faculty are working on a satellite for NASA.
Observers say they endure criticism yet remain steadfast in their mission to provide a culturally relevant education at Aaniiih Nakoda College.
In its ongoing mission to serve the community, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College continued a jail education program with sheriff’s departments in Ashland, Sawyer and Bayfield counties and the LCO Halfway House this school year.
Also during the luncheon, IGT and NIGA presented the American Indian College Fund with a $25,000 check that will be awarded via the International Game Technology Tribal Scholarship Program to deserving American Indian students pursuing higher education at tribal colleges and mainstream institutions across the country.
The two-year program was the only one in the last two years in the state to be reviewed and get a great rave, while other nursing programs across the state received warnings.
There are thousands of students like Vanessa at the University of Texas, and millions like her throughout the country — high-achieving students from low-income families who want desperately to earn a four-year degree but who run into trouble along the way.
Navajo Technical University (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) has developed a storied archery program over the past decade. This season produced three All-American archers: Leona Begay who competes in the women’s compound, and Dudley Larrison and Filberto Vecenti who compete in men’s recurve.
LAWRENCE, KANSAS — Last Friday, May 9, 2014 was a day students worked towards when they entered Haskell Indian Nations University. They celebrated the 2014 Haskell Indian Nations University graduation as eighty five bachelor’s degrees and over 100 associate’s degrees were presented.
Tonja Willard, a fourth-year business administration major at Sitting Bull College at Ft. Yates, North Dakota, was chosen for the honor of cutting the ribbon at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego, California on Tuesday, May 13. Willard will do the honors alongside NIGA Chairman Ernest L. Stevens Jr., a member of the Oneida Nation and a tribal college alumnus of Haskell Indian Nations University.
CASS LAKE — The Benny Tonce drum room at Leech Lake Tribal College resonated with multi-cultural energy Wednesday evening. Separated by 200 miles and a three hour drive, metro residents unified with members of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe over an element essential to all their lives — food.
This year’s Ilisagvik College Graduation Ceremony was held on April 25. The 19th commencement exercise for the college saw 11 associates degrees, 68 certificates and 19 GEDs awarded to students from around the state and country.
Two of the most promising students of United Tribes Technical College have received fellowships to continue their training and development as leaders in their chosen disciplines. At left, Heather Demaray (Three Affiliated) and Antonia Valdez (Wind River) are recipients of the 2014 David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowships.
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has notified Sitting Bull College (SBC, Fort Yates, ND) that its new master’s program in environmental science has been approved and accredited. The notice came following a comprehensive HLC evaluation that granted SBC 10 years of continued accreditation.
The shrapnel in PFC Chris Turley’s knee is a constant reminder that he answered the warrior’s call with honor, earning both the U.S. Army Commendation Medal and a Purple Heart for his tour as an Army radio operator for a scout team in Afghanistan.
Salish Kootenai College donated more than 100 Montana native plant starts to Washington Primary School in Hamilton, and the young students are planting them to create a “xeriscape.” “A xeriscape is landscaping that requires little to no watering, other than what Mother Nature provides,” said Washington first-grade teacher Karen Dowling.
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Navajo Technical University (NTU, Crownpoint, NM) has added its ninth bachelor’s degree program in early childhood multicultural education after receiving approval from the Institutional Actions Council of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
Silvas comes to Fairbanks from Tohono O’odham Community College in Sells, Ariz. The Tucson, Ariz., native is the first member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe to earn a college basketball scholarship.
There is no doubt that every now and then, a student passes through the Haskell community on his or her way through life and leaves behind lasting evidence of their existence. Their selfless actions and positive attitude towards any and all situations make them stand out, and they shine like a lighthouse on the dark shore, leading those around them to safety and providing guidance for those on their own journeys.
The Spirit Lake Head Start program will be closing for the summer for reorganization and restructuring under the auspices of Cankdeska Cikana Community College. The college was asked by tribal government to take over management last year.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. — The White Earth Tribal and Community College in Mahnomen is, for the first time, dipping its toes into the world of online classes. The school is launching this summer what it says is a pilot program to hold hybrid classes, in which students will put in a small amount of time in class and the rest online.
As an instructor of Arikara at Fort Berthold Community College, Kroupa said the college recently made the first-level course available online.
he bumpy road Ruben Silvas Jr. took to Fairbanks, Alaska, is a bit like the road to Tohono O’odham Community College, where Silvas started his college basketball career.
The Little Wound Alternative School went to the OLC science program sponsored by NASA again and had an awesome time studying weather. They learned about the Beaufort wind scale. After learning about wind and cloud formation the students went outside and in teams estimated wind speed and the types of clouds. Once back inside they compared their estimates to actual conditions. At the end the students got to create clouds in 2 liter pop bottles.
The American Indian College Fund in Denver beat more than 1,000 organizations to win a piece of nearly $14 million of grant funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Crownpoint — When National Public Radio asked Navajo Nation Poet Laureate Luci Tapahonso to write a letter to her hometown of Shiprock last fall, she decided to focus on her relationship to the landscape. “I am from Shiprock, the huge rock formation whose name translates into ‘tall leader’ or ‘the rock with wings.’ I am one of your thousands of children who will always honor your dark blue silhouette,” Tapahonso said on Monday, reading to students at Navajo Technical University.
Guest speaker Dr. Ed Galindo, emphasized how environmental research brought him closer to his native roots Friday, at the second annual tribal research symposium at Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Spirit Lake.
Tribal colleges serve communities that face environmental issues such as degradation of water quality, energy development, depletion of natural resources, and agricultural management. A new Environmental Science and Sustainability Project funded by the American Indian College Fund through a $1.35 million grant will support tribal colleges and universities in select states by underwriting environmental science and sustainability programs of study and student internships; providing tribal college faculty with fellowships to earn advanced degrees in related fields; and offering fellowships for tribal college students majoring in relevant programs to complete their junior and senior years of college.
Interior Announces First Transfer from Land Buy-Back Program to Cobell Education Fund Initial transfer of nearly $580,000 will fund scholarship opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students
Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) revenues collected on the Navajo Nation will be used to provide as much as $1.75 million annually for Dine’ College and $875,000 annually for Navajo Technical University (NTU) through 2020.
One entrepreneurial-minded student hopes to start a mobile car-washing business. Another intends to build low-cost caskets. A third wants to make the quilts that line the insides of those caskets. Dozens more intend to do something — anything — that encourages people to spend money in the poverty-stricken northeast corner of Nebraska.
On Wednesday, March 26th, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed an amendment to the Arizona Funding Compact that would provide $875,000 annually for the next eight years for a total of $7 million to Navajo Technical University’s (NTU) instructional sites in Chinle and Teec Nos Pos, Ariz.
Oglala Lakota College President Thomas Shortbull announced that the OLC Vocational Education Department has received a grant of $125,000 from the American Indian College Fund. OLC was one of five Tribal colleges to receive this prestigious award.
NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded approximately $2 million in new cooperative agreements to three tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). These new agreements provide opportunities for TCU students, faculty and staff to engage in NASA-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.
SANTA FE, N.M. – March 18, 2014 – Celebrating growth, the future and the breadth and depth of work by alumni, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will open its new two-story building with a ribbon-cutting dedication ceremony and alumni art show at 1 p.m. March 26.
Daniel Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, will speak on “Enacting Indigenuity in an Age of Global Environmental Crisis” at Albright Auditorium on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Automotion In-Story His talk, part of the Melvin Hill Visiting Professorship Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. Wildcat is director of the American Indian Studies Program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.
Interior Announces More Than $100 Million in Purchase Offers to Nearly 16,000 Landowners with Fractionated Interests at Pine Ridge Reservation.
BILLINGS – A combination of students, faculty and board members from 37 tribal colleges have filled the Montana Convention Center in Billings in recent days. Monday was day three of the four-day American Indian Higher Education Consortium Conference. “I think there are a lot of friendships that are made here, a lot of interaction between the students, a lot of interaction between teachers and administrators,” said Richard Little Bear, president of Chief Dull Knife College on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Lame Deer.
More homes were built elsewhere on the reservation last year. Construction need not be limited to Ho-Chunk Village, she noted. “We also added another three senior housing units in 2013. Those are small condos or somewhat apartment-style homes for the senior citizens. There were three units added in 2012. And I believe those are all filled,” she said. Jessen noted that Little Priest Tribal College, the Winnebago Tribe’s community college, built a classroom building in the village for residents to have additional access to college courses. It was finished last year. Some additional comm
On other campuses, Bobby Crow Feather always felt like he “stuck out.” The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe member is 30, gay, spent much of his youth in a small village in northern Saskatchewan and served in the Canadian army. When he arrived at Haskell Indian Nations University two years ago he’d just had a hip replacement.
The USA prints included in the exhibition were created by the Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education Initiative partners and tribal college grantee teams from Alaska, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Washington in the United States.
Posted: Feb 13, 2014 1:24 AM MST OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) – The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education has authorized funding for the College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee. The college sought funding in April as a tribal college under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978. Approval was announced Wednesday by Kevin Washburn, the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Funding is to begin in July. The college was founded in 2004 to meet the Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens’ need for quality higher education that also embodies tribal culture, language and history. Its primary source of funding is the Muscogee Nation.
A Bemidji State University-led consortium of higher education institutions has won a $500,000 grant from the U. S. Department of Agriculture to expand distance learning and telemedicine opportunities for rural northern Minnesota residents. The grant will allow schools in the BSU-led Aazhoogan (Bridge) Consortium, which includes Northwest Technical College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Red Lake Nation College and White Earth Tribal and Community College, to build a network of high-definition video connections linking the five institutions. The Native colleges currently have no existing or functioning interactive distance learning equipment. The network will give students on those campuses access to industry-driven certification training, bachelor’s degrees and specialized associate’s degrees not available at their home colleges.
The United Tribes of North Dakota has named long-time leader of United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND), David M. Gipp, as chancellor. Gipp has been president and CEO of UTTC for nearly 37 years, making him one of the longest-serving college presidents in the country. In his new role as chancellor, he will pursue resource planning and acquisition for the institutional growth and development of the college and its associated tribal programs.
BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $488,500 tribal college grant for Cankdeska Cikana Community College located on the Spirit Lake Dakota reservation in Fort Totten, ND. The grant will support Cankdeska Cikana Community College efforts to develop a student entrepreneurial center. The funds will also assist with development costs for instructor training and certification in business development.
There’s no other house like it on the Oglala Sioux’s 2 million-acre Pine Ridge Reservation: Its walls are insulated by 18-inch strawbales rather than plastic sheeting, and its radiant-floor heating is much cheaper than the typical propane or electric. A frost-protected shallow foundation inhibits mold and is more energy-efficient than the damp basements common here.
Jennifer Cordova-James reads a speech by Muhammad Ali during a Martin Luther King Jr. Karaoke Speech workshop at the 16th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Conference held in the Syre Center at Whatcom Community College on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Bellingham. Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/01/18/3428109/mlk-karaoke-speech.html#storylink=cpy
CROWNPOINT, NM – On January 16, 2014, Navajo Technical University President Dr. Elmer J. Guy attended a special White House event in Washington D.C. on increasing college opportunity for low-income and disadvantaged students.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) announced recipients of its inaugural IHEP Champions of Access and Success Awards in December. Winners of the Institutional Champions of Access and Success Awards and Champion of Champions Awards include postsecondary institutions and individuals who have successfully advanced strategies that increase opportunity, persistence, and degree completion for low-income, first-generation, minority, veteran, and other underserved students. Recipients of the Institutional Champions of Access and Success Awards are being recognized for scaling and institutionalizing their access and success strategies.
In spite of a snowstorm that swept the northern border of New Mexico and Arizona, Navajo Technical University awarded its first degrees as a university to over 50 students in a small graduation ceremony at the Chinle Community Center on December 13, 2013.
Devils Lake Journal Azure steps into new responsibilities at Cankdeska Cikana Community College To look at the new Vice President of Academic Affairs at Cankdeska Cikana Community College you’d think he had been doing his job there for many years.
A year removed from hosting its annual conference in Taiwan, the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC) will be convening for their annual board meeting at Navajo Technical College’s Crownpoint campus from August 4-6, 2013.
Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull quoted in Los Angeles Times article about the character Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
Employers can now turn to Navajo Technical College to train their workers in Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards that ensure staff members are more knowledgeable about workplace hazards and employee rights. The college recently received certification to instruct training courses on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the workplace. The training is offered through either a 10-hour course intended for entry-level workers or a 30-hour course intended for supervisors or workers with safety responsibilities.
Due to the automatic federal funding cuts and lack of student enrollment, Diné College will be closing its doors at the Ganado and Kayenta branches.
During the 2012–2013 school year, Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC, Sells, AZ) introduced iPads as touch-based learning tools for students. Since an increasing number of courses at the college use e-textbooks and applications on iPads rather than traditional textbooks, TOCC has resolved to continue and expand on its iPad project. Students borrow the iPads from the college library and can keep them on long-term loan. Ninety iPads are currently in circulation at TOCC.
POPLAR — Understanding the words and meaning behind a traditional ceremonial song is what fueled Ramey Growing Thunder’s desire as a young girl to learn and save the Dakota language. “I began to learn through song. I really wanted to know what those words meant,” said Growing Thunder, 32, the new director of the Fort Peck Tribes’ Language and Culture Department.
Hughes received the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship honor. Teresa G. Hughes, of Ethete, was selected to receive the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship award for 2013-14. The award was presented May 1 during a ceremony attended by college leaders and supporters from the Bismarck, N.D., community.
Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana is now offering degrees in Tribal Historic Preservation. The instructor, Dr. Jeffrey Bendremer says, “It’s the first program of its type anywhere. I believe it’s historic.” Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/24/salish-kootenai-college-graduates-first-tribal-historic-preservation-class-149961
Albert White Hat, preserver of Lakota language, dies at 74 Share to Facebook Share on Twitter Add to PersonalPost Save to Kindle Share via Email Print Article More Published: June 23 Albert White Hat, who was instrumental in teaching and preserving the endangered Lakota American Indian language and translated the Hollywood movie “Dances With Wolves” into Lakota for its actors, died June 11 at a South Dakota hospital. He was 74.
The International Traditional Games Society was organized in 1997 but will hold its first Traditional Native Games Conference & Competitions from June 26-28 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. This will bring together many of the leading minds throughout Indian country and elsewhere to discuss the value of these games, the preservation of spiritual ties as shown through joy and play and the restoration of traditional games within tribes from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/21/save-dates-traditional-native-games-conference-competitions-150009
Navajo Times – Another major victory in the budget approved by the state is that, for the first time, Navajo Technical College will be getting state support. “Since opening its two Arizona campuses in 2006, Navajo Technical College has shown retention and graduation rates that far exceed the national average and its students are entering the workforce with high-demand skills like computer science and engineering,” said Jackson. The state legislature agreed to appropriate $850,000 a year to help NTC to improve its Chinle campus. That is in addition to the $1.75 million that goes annually to Diné College.
I was thinking about the disconnection between technological hope and the economic division of humanity while recently listening to a talk by Daniel Wildcat. Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee nation of Oklahoma, is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and author of “Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge” (Fulcrum 2009). Though there were hundreds in the audience, I say “talk” and not “lecture” because Wildcat practiced a sort of rhetoric that circled around keywords, accumulating meaning, rather than succinctly telling the audience what he knows that he wants us to know. He practiced, in fact, what he described as the response of Indian people to a meeting with whites who propose to help them: “We don’t care what you know until we know you care.”
For more than a year, the Associated General Contractors-New Mexico Building Branch has been involved with partnerships to bolster the curriculum in Gallup-area schools to ensure graduates can fill open jobs. The branch has been working with the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus and the Navajo Technical College to train students that will support work being done in the area by BNSF Railway Co. and the oil and gas industry. The latest efforts have resulted in industry-driven coursework that will be offered during the fall semester at UNM-Gallup.
Native American art is much more than “long hair, feathers and sunsets,” says the curator of the annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, on display now through Aug. 11. “There’s so much more to it,” said Mary Bordeaux of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School near Pine Ridge. “Contemporary Native art just isn’t long hair, feathers and sunsets.”
PHOTOS – Oglala Lakota College students gear up for graduation
To unveil the collection, Paul Frank is partnering with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) to host an event in Santa Fe, New Mexico on August 16, during SWAIA’s annual Indian Market Week.
Food sovereignty is a topic that is discussed more and more in Indian Country these days. Tribal leaders and members are realizing that they can’t be completely sovereign if they rely on outside sources for their food. That idea has prompted Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Cooperative Extension Department to implement food sovereignty programs at two of its reservation sites: Muckleshoot and Lummi. – See more at: http://alaska-native-news.com/general-news/8696-lummi-food-sovereignty-gets-a-big-boost.html#sthash.ZBwXE3rx.dpuf
Salish Kootenai College (SKC) is a four-year college located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. It is one of 32 fully-accredited US colleges and universities in which at least 51% of students are enrolled in federally recognized tribes. The US Department of Education classifies these higher education institutions as TCUs (tribal colleges and universities). Most of the TCUs are chartered and controlled by tribal governments. Three are controlled by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes govern SKC.
PABLO — Yamncut drum played as Salish Kootenai College class of 2013 followed Linda King and Wilbert Michel into the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center for commencement on June 8. Jason Smith, former SKC graduate and current Director of Indian Affairs for Montana Governor Steve Bullock, offered graduates a “free fundamental formula for success.”
PABLO –The Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors at SKC announced the selection of Robert DePoe III as SKC’s new president on June 5. On June 4, the final three candidates — DePoe, Sandra Boham and Steve DuPuis — were on campus for a public question and answer session that drew nearly 100 people. “Salish Kootenai College proudly announces the new president for SKC will be Robert DePoe III,” said Jim Durglo, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The Board and executive team are looking forward to a long, successful, and prosperous future for SKC under our new president.”
A two-year tribal college in Lawton, Okla., is using technology to reinvigorate the Comanche language before it dies out. Two faculty members from Comanche Nation College and Texas Tech University worked with tribal elders to create a digital archive of what’s left of the language. Only about 25 people nationwide speak Comanche, down from about 15,000 in the late 1800s, they estimate.
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High Plains Journal – An example of past awards in Nebraska is the 2012 USDA Rural Development award of a $135,200 Rural Business Opportunity Grant to the Nebraska Indian Community College of Macy, Neb. The grant provided entrepreneurial leadership education and training to students for job development in Thurston and Knox counties by creating a program that can be offered as part of the college’s regularly offered college courses. Six jobs will be created in the two counties.
Schools like the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Santa Fe Indian School – along with grammar schools, high schools, and non-profit programs – have developed agricultural education programs. The Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association helps farmers get back onto the land, hosts workshops on seed saving and agricultural techniques, and has a youth program.
Missoulian- American colleges and universities that are serious about recruiting and educating students from Indian tribes will go beyond creating Native American studies programs and centers.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver the commencement address during the College of the Menominee Nation’s commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1, in the Menominee Conference Center in Keshena, Wis. He will applaud graduates for their perseverance and congratulate those who have overcome challenges to become first-generation college students in their families.
United Tribes Graduates Honored and What’s in Your Toolbox?
Cutting counselors, trainers in Missouri On the shore of the Missouri River, Sitting Bull College is also feeling the pain of forced budget cuts. When the sequester looked like a reality in February, the college drew up a budget that would cut nearly 10% of all operating funds from the school.
Arctic Sounder – Ilisagvik College held its annual commencement exercises on April 26 at Ipalook Elementary School. This year saw a graduating class of 62 students. Seventeen associate degrees and 83 certificates were awarded. Just six years ago, the 2006-2007 graduating class received 37 awards, total. Ilisagvik College continues to strive to meet its mission of increasing the number of graduates that are well educated and trained to enter into the Alaskan workforce.
Sawyer County Record – Seventy-three graduates of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College were honored by faculty, family and guests at the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony Thursday, May 23 at the Pipe Mustache Auditorium.
BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College will host a criminal justice summer camp in July that features the college’s virtual firearms simulator. The camp is set for July 15-19, sponsored by the college’s Criminal Justice department. Invited are high school juniors and seniors from towns and cities in the region who are interested in the criminal justice profession.
Dr. Patterson’s research focuses on intervention strategies for substance abusers in underserved populations, particularly American Indians. He has just finished teaching a graduate-level class on drug and alcohol abuse.
Haskell Indian Nations University student Tyler Levier, the American Indian College Fund Student of the Year at Haskell, addresses his classmates Friday morning during Haskell’s 2013 spring commencement in Coffin Sports Complex. Haskell Indian Nations University student Tyler Levier, the American Indian College Fund Student of the Year at Haskell, addresses his classmates Friday morning during Haskell’s 2013 spring commencement in Coffin Sports Complex. When they practiced their commencement ceremony earlier this week, Tyler Levier recalled Friday morning, the 2013 graduates of Haskell Indian Nations University were told to move quickly across the stage, to keep things moving. But as Levier spoke from that stage Friday, he sent a different message, with apologies to the Haskell administration.
Congratulations to Haskell Indian Nations University on gaining national accreditation for its teacher education program.
y blending the future of technology with the history of tribal language, Blackfeet Community College (BCC, Browning, MT) has developed Montana’s first Native American language application for smartphone users.
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) Member Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will partner with Sitting Bull College for the ribbon cutting and open house of the highly anticipated Sitting Bull Visitor Center on May 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m./MST at the Sitting Bull College Campus in Fort Yates, North Dakota.
Anishinaabe language students at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College have earned another state championship title for the college. Current Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students Marcus Ammesmaki of Cloquet, Sheila Fairbanks of Cloquet and Shawna Jones of Fort Frances, Ontario, Canada, won the seventh annual Minnesota Anishinaabe Language Quiz Bowl on April 6 at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth. The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College team was crowned state champion after finishing in first place in Division II. This is the third state title for Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.
Happy Birthday Fort Berthold Community College. Thirty nine years ago a door of opportunity opened and some visionary people chose to act on it. Mr. Leonard Bear King wrote a proposal to the Department of Education under the Title III division to strengthen developing institutions.
In addition to being Alaska’s only tribal college, Ilisagvik College is also a nonprofit organization, which means that the College needs community support in order to provide the great education and trainings that it does. “Though of course we would not exist without the vision and the support of the North Slope Borough,” commented Ilisagvik President Pearl Brower, “in recent years we have really tried to partner with more statewide organizations to increase our sustainability and economic diversity.”
The Crow Tribe reclaimed a piece of its past Wednesday. The tribe took ownership of the 1,933-acre Hairpin Cavvy Ranch, which it purchased at auction in March for $989,400. Hundreds of tribal members came out Wednesday for a picnic and the opportunity to explore the grounds.
Winona LaDuke, author and executive director of Honor the Earth, which raises money for Native environmental groups, will make a public presentation at noon Monday at Fort Berthold Community College in New Town.
The School of Education at Haskell Indian Nations University has gained national accreditation, becoming the first teacher-education program at a tribal college to do so.
Sarah EchoHawk got her start in nonprofit work more than 15 years ago when she took a part-time job answering phones at the American Indian College Fund.
The School of Education at Haskell Indian Nations University has recently been NCATE (National Council of Teacher Education) accredited. Haskell is the first tribal college in the United States to receive this type of accreditation.
“We Are Red and Vibrant,” a poem by Northwest Indian College student Desiree Pulido, received an honorable mention in the Tribal College Journal’s recent student writing contest. The poem will appear in the August edition of the Journal and on its website.
At the beginning of April, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) students headed to Scottsdale, Arizona with a business plan concept in their hands that they hoped was creative enough and put together well enough to out-compete the business plans of tribal college students from across the nation.
Three local colleges graduate more than 2,000 students
Tribal college leaders and lawmakers gathered in Memorial Hall on Tuesday to praise a bill that will provide workforce training grants for colleges.
BISMARCK, ND – Lt. Gov. Wrigley stood with legislators and Tribal College presidents to highlight Senate Bill 2218 which enhances workforce development efforts through North Dakota Tribal Colleges.
Nationwide, tribal college and university leaders are concerned about how automatic federal budget cuts will affect their cash-strapped schools. But officials at Oklahoma’s tribal institutions expect the impact of the cuts to be minimal.
Chicago poet Lisa Donahue is training for a new career as a solar equipment installer. The 27-year-old is the new president of the Santa Fe Community College solar club and is working on her associate degree in environmental technology.
Six Navajo Technical College professional and commercial baking program students combined their culinary talents with their innovative energy sustainable skills to compete the 2013 National Sustainability Design Expo at the National Mall in Washington DC last Friday and Saturday.
The Ojibwe tribes of Wisconsin are working towards becoming a more sovereign nation. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College hosted it’s Fifth annual sustainable living fair to move that process forward.
For students who grow up on Indian reservations, going from high school to college isn’t always a priority. Or academics might not be their focus, says Don Wetzel Jr., student, families and communities coordinator for the Schools of Promise program.
Navajo Technical College announces Luci Tapahonso as the first Navajo Nation Poet Laureate
North Dakota TCs Have Positive Economic Impact on State BISMARCK (UTN) – Having five tribal colleges in the state means millions of dollars for the North Dakota economy. Last year tribal colleges generated $182 million in the state.
The state senate achieved bipartisan agreement last week with the passage of the Higher Education Omnibus Bill. In total, the state would invest an additional $263 million into Minnesota colleges, universities and the state’s student grant program.
e Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address at Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint, NM.
Continuing to fulfill its mission to empower creativity and leadership in Native Arts and cultures through higher education, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) will honor two of the most successful American Indian artists and authors at its 2013 commencement.
BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota’s Senate has approved a measure that would provide $5 million to tribal colleges for job training.
Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden will deliver the commencement address this spring at Navajo Technical College (NTC) in Crownpoint, NM. Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, continues to teach English full-time at a community college in Northern Virginia.
Fort Belknap Reservation is the only place in the world where the White Clay language is spoken. In addition to the uniqueness of the language, the White Clay Immersion School is unique because it is based at a tribal college: Aaniiih Nakoda College. Over the past 40 years, the tribal college movement has led the fight for educational self-determination among Indian people. The creation of tribal college-immersion school partnerships represents the next important movement for Indian education.
Minot Daily News – Having five tribal colleges in the state means millions of dollars for the North Dakota economy. Last year tribal colleges generated $182 million in the state, according to a recently released report. That was the total impact of direct and secondary spending by the colleges and their students identified in a report commissioned by the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges.
Tribal college officials are disappointed by a lower appropriation for a Native workforce training bill before the state House. However, they still support Senate Bill 2218, saying it creates a plan that will lower unemployment on the reservations.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Navajo Technical College had a successful weekend competing against over five hundred students at the SkillsUSA state competition in Albuquerque, NM from April 3–6, 2013, bringing home 26 medals, 13 of which were gold.
WYoFile – At a University of Wyoming conference yesterday, leaders from the Wind River Indian Reservation and around the nation reflected on how Indian tribes can strengthen the sovereignty that lies at the heart of Indian self-government.
PHILADELPHIA – Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Drexel University to announce seven colleges and universities competitively selected to participate in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Campus Resilience Pilot Program (CR Pilot). DHS will work with the seven selected colleges and universities to draw on existing resources, collaborate with federal, state and local stakeholders and identify new innovative approaches to promote campus resilience—directly supporting the goals of the President’s Plan to Reduce Gun Violence, and making educational institutions safer and more prepared.
The Daily Times – FARMINGTON — Navajo Technical College may be on its way to becoming Navajo Technical University.
Green Bay Press Gazette – Last week in Ashwaubenon, members from almost a dozen tribal colleges and universities gathered for a consortium conference to discuss the future of education at Native American colleges. Representatives from universities and colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Nebraska came together as part of the Woodlands Tribal Colleges and Universities group to share experiences and focus on higher education. Close to 1,000 students participated in the event as well, which was held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center.
Indian Country Today – Ernest House Jr., Ute Mountain Ute, executive secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, has been named to the Board of Trustees of Fort Lewis College, a former Indian boarding school in Durango, Colorado, commission board members were told March 22. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/03/25/native-presence-grows-colorado-college-boards-148349
Radio Survivor – Associated Press reports that several prominent Southwestern tribes are well on the way to securing radio signals for their areas. These include Navajo Technical College of Crownpoint, New Mexico, which has convinced the Federal Communications Commission that its area deserves Tribal Priority consideration
Arctic Sounder – Ilisagvik College, Alaska’s only tribal college, has worked tirelessly since its inception to educate and empower the Inupiaq people of the North Slope; to build its workforce and prepare new generations of competent professionals. While the college celebrates tremendous successes; steadily increasing enrollment, growing graduation numbers, and countless post-graduation success stories, Ilisagvik faces a challenge familiar to many minority-serving, post-secondary institutions – student retention.
Washington Post – The public schools on the isolated, windswept Fort Peck Indian reservation here are at the frontier of the federal sequester, among the first to struggle with budget cuts sweeping west from Washington.
Navajo Post Reporter – We all eat at restaurants, but we never really get to meet the people who all make it happen. As for Raine Marianita, she’s an assistant instructor with Navajo Technical College. Last week on March 9, she started the process to become a sous chef by taking the practical certification exam offered by the American Culinary Federation.
Indian Country Today – Read more When he returned to South Dakota from Iraq, Black Elk earned a bachelor’s in Lakota Studies from Oglala Lakota College and decided to earn his teacher’s certification. As if fate smiled on his decision, a representative from Troops to Teachers visited his National Guard unit in Montana and left behind some literature. After looking through a brochure, Black Elk enrolled in the program.
Dallas Goldtooth of the 1491s talks about the DeMaND program at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Sawyer County Record – The automatic federal budget cuts known as sequestration will result in a 5 percent cut in federal grants for Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCO OCC) in the 2013-14 school year.
Mike Dimas, the electrical line workers instructor at Fort Peck Community College in Poplar. Montana and student Jarred Williams speak about the DeMaND workforce training programs available.
Native Sun News – RAPID CITY – Winning singing contests, art contests, being a model and an accomplished hoop dancer might be enough for some, but not for Delaena Rae Uses Knife, 27, of Eagle Butte, SD, who fully intends to reach her dream of becoming an astrophysicist. Uses Knife is looking forward to a summer internship with NASA and she has also been named one of five of South Dakota’s NASA Ambassador. “It’s a surreal moment for me,” Uses Knife said.
Rapid City Journal – The American Indian College Fund will administer a student scholarship fund authorized by the Cobell Settlement, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Tuesday.
Northland Connection – A study estimates Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College generates an economic impact of $38 million. The college employs 459.
Minot Daily News- The presidents of North Dakota’s tribal colleges are supporting SB 2218, which would provide $5 million for workplace training grants at the institutions.
Minot Daily News – North Dakota tribal college presidents are expressing support for state legislation that would provide $5 million for workforce development grants at the colleges. The funding would come from the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Dickinson Press – FARGO — The North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges is hoping the state House will move forward with a $5 million grant to improve workforce development programs among the five schools.
Diverse Issues In Higher Education – Unless the stalemate over sequestration is resolved, July 1 will commence a dreary fiscal year for the nation’s tribal colleges and universities, according to school administrators and advocates.
University Daily Kansan – STUDENT SENATE CREATES TASK FORCE TO PREVENT DESTRUCTION OF WAKARUSA WETLANDS
KFYR-TV – The oil and gas industry in North Dakota is in constant need of more workers. The Fort Berthold Community College faculty says they should come from right here in North Dakota. So they are starting a beginners oil class later this month. The Lease Operations class will help familiarize students with oil and gas operations in the Bakken.
Native News Network – WASHINGTON – With federal budget cuts looming in early February, Northwest Indian College students headed to the nation’s capital to ask lawmakers face to face to support their education, a tribal education.
Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) will offer an oil industry related class called “Lease Operations,” during the Block C Session of this spring 2013 semester. The class will familiarize students with operations and vocabulary of production processes. It is an entry level course for students who wish to develop careers as technicians in the oil industry.
Native News Network – Sequestration Will Cause Tribal Colleges & Universities to Cut Staff and Reduce Programs
For tribal colleges, sequestration would be devastating By Times Staff, Published March 1, 2013
Native American students from Missoula learn about Montana tribes in SKC visit March 01, 2013 9:45 pm • By Vince Devlin
Red Lake tribal college is starting a basketball team, under the direction of a local legend. The team will host an exhibition game Saturday against Turtle Mountain (N.D.), and Red Lake sees the addition of a basketball team as a chance to grow its prestige and enrollment.
The North Dakota Senate unanimously passed a bill Tuesday that provides workforce development grant money to state tribal colleges. Under Senate Bill 2218, $5 million in grants would be divided among all of the tribally controlled community colleges in the state. The bill now goes to the House for consideration. The grant program would will be administered by the Division of Workforce Development within the North Dakota Department of Commerce.
Sloan STEM Fellowship student scanning an ancient Cherokee petroglyph to make learning Cherokee language “mystical and magical”.
Earlier this year Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) welcomed Joseph Bear as the Land Grant Coordinator for the college’s Agriculture Department. The Fort Berthold Community College Agriculture Department works closely with students, community members, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation to deliver agriculture-related information and education.
Missoulan – Native American students from Missoula learn about Montana tribes in SKC visit.
Lakota Language Nest, An Immersion School Reviving A Language On The Knife’s Edge Of Extinction By Dakota for the North Dakota Humanities Council
his week comes word that former basketball coach Phil Jackson will give one lucky fan the opportunity to spend a day with him in Los Angeles learning his basketball coaching secrets (airfare and hotel are included in the trip). Jackson has teamed up with online fundraising company Omaze for a fundraising campaign to support the Fund to raise money for Native student scholarships. Donors must complete entries for a chance to meet Jackson via the Fund’s Facebook page and website. The campaign will run through February 8, and donations aren’t required to enter.
Comanche Nation College (CNC), the first and oldest tribal college in Oklahoma, has reached a milestone in its quest for accreditation. On Nov. 1 the Board of Trustees for the North Central Association-Higher Learning Commission voted to grant Comanche Nation College “the status of candidate for accreditation,” according to a letter from NCA-HLC President Sylvia Manning.
Like many Natives and our allies across our Grandmother Earth, Unci Maka, I have joined the Idle No More movement, attending round dance gatherings, praying for Chief Theresa Spence and her supporters, sharing the stories I hear and read and perusing news and opinion pieces. Like many indigenous people, I am acutely aware that our voices in the mainstream of American, Canadian and Central and South American societies are often unheard, and that we appear silent when in fact our voices are singing out with stories of our lives. Defining this movement is our responsibility. Each of us should learn about this movement and find our own place in it. We can add our voices to songs of our relatives and allies across the earth.
ALBUQUERQUE N.M. — Tribal colleges in New Mexico want their students to have the same eligibility for the state’s lottery scholarships as students attending state colleges and universities. Tribal colleges also want the same so-called “dual credit” reimbursements that other public higher education institutions get from the state for courses that count for both high school and college credit.
Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, N.M. recently transitioned from a two-year college to a four-year university thanks to funding from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP) Small Projects (MSP). In partnerships with the agency, students from Navajo Tech worked with two NASA centers in recent years supporting projects related to future space exploration.
Ever wonder what it would be like to spend a day with the Zen Master? Lakeside resident and legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson is offering a lucky fan the chance to hang out in Los Angeles and talk about his storied professional basketball career.
Earlier this month, the Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) welcomed Edna Sailor as the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program-Data Coordinator. Sailor will be administering the Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) program grant funds made available through the U.S. Department of Labor.
President Russell Mason, Jr. of the Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) joined other presidents last Thursday, January 10, in a collaborative effort to showcase the five tribal colleges of North Dakota (ND) at the State Capitol in Bismarck.
The St. Paul-based Northwest Area Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting efforts by people, organizations, and communities to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable prosperity, has made a two-year, $1 million grant to the American Indian College Fund in support of the Tribal College Leaders in Community Innovation Project.
The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development program. Red Lake will use some of the money to build a new, 42,000-square-foot tribal college to replace an older building that has limited classroom space and create room for technology equipment.
There is now one hub of knowledge in Keshena following the merger of the Menominee Public Library with the College of Menominee Nation library. The college, the Menominee Tribal Legislature and the Menominee County Board of Supervisors celebrated the merger Friday with an open house and discussion of what is to come in the three-story, 19,000-square-foot S. Verna Fowler Library.
When he was elected in June as the District 3 representative for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, 30-year-old LeRoy Staples-Fairbanks III promised to make education a priority, and he’s done just that by creating a scholarship. On December 14, he presented a check toward the first installment of the LeRoy Staples Sr. and LeRoy B. Fairbanks Scholarship Fund—named in honor of his late grandfather and his uncle, key inspirations in his life—to Leech Lake Tribal College in Cass Lake, Minnesota. Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/article/tribal-rep-creates-scholarship-makes-education-priority-146705
On December 21, North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower presented Ilisagvik College President Pearl Brower a Proclamation of Support for the Uqautchim Uglua (language nest) Program.
Alisha Sellars, Shuswap/Secwepemc from British Columbia, is 21 years old, a mother of a 2-year-old son, works full time, and is a full-time Northwest Indian College (NWIC) student working toward becoming an elementary or early-education teacher.
The United Tribes Technical College of Bismarck — a college devoted to educating Native Americans — chose a suitably symbolic place to announce Thursday that it will open a new student center in downtown Rapid City. College officials came to the Lakota Nation Invitational sports and academic competition in Rapid City to deliver the news that it will open a new technical learning center on the National American University campus at 321 Kansas City St.
All the late nights, long classes and stressful homework finally paid off for the first batch of students to graduate from Navajo Technical College’s new nursing program.
“Your graduation today is a modern-day rite of passage,” said keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull at United Tribes Technical College. “Among all tribes we have certain times in our lives when we move to a next stage, and your graduation today is one of those.”
A $1.1 million federal grant will enable Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College and the University of Wisconsin-Superior to launch a collaborative program to prepare more American Indian teachers, including some proficient in the Ojibwe language.
Imagine societies where frequent family and community events were held to ensure that all people were provided for and where goods and resources were regularly redistributed so no one would be in need. Traditionally, American Indian societies are like that.
Navajo Technical College will be graduating its first cohort of Registered Nursing students Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Red Rock State Park auditorium in Church Rock, NM.
In September, Dean Chavers, the director of Catching the Dream—an organization that awards scholarships to Native American students—was hammered by readers for allegedly oversimplifying the often excruciating process of applying for Native American scholarships.
A collaborative program between Montana State University and Little Big Horn College that is designed to train American Indian educators and improve schools on and near Indian reservations in Montana and several neighboring states has received a grant worth more than $1.2 million.
The recent release of Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data from the U.S. Department of Education was certainly shocking to the nation. But for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, the data just confirms that education for our Native students is in a state of emergency.
Navajo Technical College was approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to begin offering a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources. In addition to the B.S. degree, the HLC also approved NTC to begin offering accredited courses at its recently established Four Corners Regional instructional site in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., as well as begin offering a certificate in Textiles and Weaving.
When Dwight Carlston of Fort Defiance, Ariz., began his college career a few years ago, little did he know that he was doing a lot more than making his family proud by pursuing a college education. While setting an example for his family, Carlston, now a 25-year-old environmental science major at Navajo Technical College with a 3.8 grade point average, was also helping tribal colleges throughout the continent in their efforts to get more American Indian males on reservations to further their education.
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When Danielle Griffith’s college business class was asked to pick a topic for a public-service campaign last semester, the choice was simple. “Everybody in class just pinpointed it down to suicide. Every single student, that’s the one they chose,” she said. Griffith and the rest of Ahmed Al-Asfour’s Introduction to Business class at Oglala Lakota College collaborated with media professionals from the Black Hills chapter of the American Advertising Federation to fight the epidemic of youth suicide on the reservation by asking one question: “What does hope look like to you?”
The American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala, held October 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota raised more than $650,000 that will benefit Native American students. As part of the entertainment at the event, renowned Pawnee and Yakima artist Bunky Echo-Hawk created a painting live. The piece is a portrait of an American Indian man in traditional dress. It was awarded to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for pledging $50,000 toward the Richard B. Williams-Seventh Generation Leadership Endowment scholarship.
Vonnie Alberts and Vernell Buckman have been named to the staff of the Fort Berthold Community College in New Town to handle the college’s marketing, advertising and multimedia work. The college is expanding programs for current and future students to meet the needs of a population increase on and surrounding the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System and other college associations have endorsed a commission finding that calls for an increase in college aid in the next state budget. And Verna Fowler, the president of the College of Menominee Nation, said the commission’s recommendations would go a long way toward helping some of most challenged students. “In almost every measure, the Wisconsin students attending tribal colleges are the most disadvantaged of the disadvantaged in our state,” Fowler said. “… We continue to say that education is the best anti-poverty program there is.”
Banners greeted visitors to the Comanche Nation College Thursday with a simple, singular message written in two tongues: “Welcome Maruaweka.” As college president Consuelo Lopez thanked the many staff, volunteers and visitors who made the day’s celebration of the college’s recent letter of initial candidacy for accreditation a success, that message seemed to be an underlying theme for the college’s advancement and success for now and in the future.
Tribal College Journal is planning an issue focused on “Language Restoration” (Vol. 24, No. 4, Summer 2013), and we are seeking suggestions from TCU presidents, deans, faculty, and friends.
Senator honors Montana colleges for ‘opening doors’ across Indian Country Senator Jon Tester is leading an effort in Congress to designate this week National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week in honor of Montana’s seven tribal colleges.
The first and oldest tribal college in Oklahoma has received word of another first the Comanche Nation College will be able to offer certificates and associate-level degrees.
Uqautchim Uglua (Inupiaq for language nest) is a new program getting ready to launch through Ilisagvik College. Its purpose is twofold. It will serve as a lab for Ilisagvik students working towards an Associate of Arts degree in Inupiaq Early Learning and provide up to 12 children from birth to three years of age with early immersion in their traditional culture and language. In its first year, which is scheduled to start in November of 2012, the program will only be accepting three-year-old children. By the start of the second year, the program will be opened to all children from birth to three.
“Getting to Know Cheryl Crazy Bull, the American Indian College Fund’s New Leader,” by Carol Berry, Indian Country Today, Nov. 23, 2012
Tribal colleges have made a push to grow and serve their own foods in efforts to promote food sovereignty. High in the hills south of Santa Fe, N.M., stands a greenhouse that Luke Reed hopes will help American Indians eat healthier.
In an attempt to spread awareness on gestational diabetes, the Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. (FDIHB, Inc.) collaborated with Navajo Technical College’s New Media program to produce a 20-minute educational video to shed light on one of the Navajo Nation’s fastest growing conditions.
Finding quality, affordable childcare for young children can be a challenge anywhere in Alaska. It’s especially difficult in rural Alaska’s hub communities – where the cost of living is high and space is often hard to find. It becomes a factor in attracting professionals to jobs at regional health and other organizations. In the next installment of our series “Being Young in Rural Alaska” from the producers of Kids These Days, Anne Hillman takes a look at how some communities are trying to meet the challenge.
Louise Erdrich does not gloss over the violence that plagues many American Indian reservations, including violence against native women and children. It is, in fact, a recurring theme in her novels, including her latest, “The Round House,” set on a North Dakota reservation in 1988, for which the North Dakota native and enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians received a prestigious National Book Award this week. “But when you grapple with the complexity of the present in native communities, you are also facing a largely unknown history of trauma,” she said Friday in a telephone interview from her home in Minneapolis. That “historical trauma” is “coming down through generations of people who have been stripped of their culture, forced into boarding schools around the turn of the last century, mired in poverty, and breaking out of that is very, very hard to do.” “The Round House,” the second part of a planned trilogy set on the North Dakota reservation (the first, “The Plague of Doves,” was published to critical acclaim in 2008), is the story of a 13-year-old boy who seeks justice for his mother after she is brutally attacked. “But the book also is about the ongoing celebration of culture” in Indian Country, Erdrich said. “People only seem to get interested in native communities when something horrific happens,” she said, “and the beauty, spirit and vitality of the culture, the toughness of mind it takes native people to survive — that is something that should be celebrated.” At Spirit Lake, restoring values Erdrich, 58, said she is aware of recent developments at the Spirit Lake Sioux reservation, where federal officials, tribal members and others have alleged widespread abuse of children and a tribal child protection system that is broken. At the request of the tribe, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs took over administration of social service programs involving children on Oct. 1, but critics insist little progress has been made. “I really can’t address Spirit Lake because I don’t have all the information,” she said. “But this book is about an issue that is part of that situation, a slow-burning conflagration of the spiritual laws that have governed native societies until the indigenous culture was stripped away. “We are grappli