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Dissertation Articles

Dissertation – The moccasin project: Understanding sense of place through Indigenous art making and storytelling

The purpose of this arts-based, and Indigenous research study was to explore how Native Americans understand ‘place-based imagery’ through an Indigenous art making and storytelling experience in order to illuminate perspectives and experiences of a ‘sense of place’.

Dissertation – Understanding the relationship between cultural wellness and academic achievement on Standing Rock reservation

Academic achievement concerns are common among reservation schools in North and South Dakota and elicit numerous questions regarding how to address these concerns to improve educational outcomes for Native American students.

Dissertation – Using photovoice and photo-elicitation to understand successes and barriers related to Tribal College students’ education

The fact that American Indian college students pursuing postsecondary educational opportunities have lower retention and completion rates than their peers is well documented. Additionally, the use of mentoring as a means of social support for AI students have been increasingly recognized as an important factor in a successful educational experience.

Dissertation – Mediating cultural border crossings between American Indian tribal college students and natural resources science learning using culturally congruent education

This study is motivated by two research questions: (1) How does Culturally Congruent Instruction (CCI) influence American Indian (AI) students’ attitudes and achievement in natural resources science at a tribally controlled college/university (TCU)