College Fund Research

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About Our Research

The American Indian College Fund researches the impact of our scholarships and programs on students and Native communities and provides avenues for collecting and disseminating research for those interested in Native higher education.

Research – What We Do

Learn more about The College Fund’s Research.

Tribal College and University Research Journals

The College Fund launched the Tribal College and University Research Journal (TCURJ) in 2016 to support TCU faculty in disseminating their research to Indigenous communities and the wider research community. The journal publishes articles from a variety of fields such as environmental science, Indigenous health and wellness, student success, and tribal college program development. The Henry Luce Foundation has provided generous support of the journal since 2018.

Tribal College and University Research Journal: Volume 6, Spring 2022

Articles in this volume:

    • Techniques for Regenerating Old Seeds – Frank Kutka, Sheila Blackman, Elizabeth Hoover, Sara Alavi, Kathleen Wu, and Rowen White
    • Culture as Medicine for the Blackfeet Community: A Pilot Intervention – Betty Henderson-Matthews, Megan Gordon, Shawntyana Bullshoe, Sierra Mason, Agnieszka Rynda-Apple, and Neha Henderson
    • Regeneration of Culturally Significant Conifer Tree Species in the L’Anse Indian Reservation: Impacts from Herbivory by Deer (Waawaashkeshi) – Andrew Kozich, Karen Colbert, Gerald (Jerry) Jondreau, John Lusty, and Victoria Ripley
    • Recruiting Native Students into Science: Evaluating the Impact of Biomedical Genetic Research at Turtle Mountain Community College – Tyler J. Parisien, Lyle Best, Pat Conway, and Gena Grant
    • A Vision for Indigenous Honors Programs at Tribal Colleges and Universities – Joshua Hoskinson, Edison Cassadore, and Camillus Lopez

Volume 5,
Winter 2021

Volume 4,
October 2019

Volume 3,
October 2018

Volume 2,
October 2018

Volume 1, Issue 2,
June 2017

Volume 1, Issue 1,
October 2016

Mellon Tribal College Research Journals

In 2013 and 2015, respectively, the College Fund published two volumes of research by current and former Tribal College and University (TCU) faculty recipients of Mellon Foundation fellowships through the College Fund.

Volume 1, 2013

Mellon Tribal College Research Journal V1, 2013

Volume 2, 2015

Mellom Tribal College Research Journal V 2

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