Category Archives: American Indians

Shaping Native Early Childhood Education with Work and Commitment

This fall marks the final year of the initiative; reflection on the accomplishments of the four tribal college grantees spurs new hope and healing amongst the grantee institutions and their respective project partners. Engaging in collective inquiry to impact and change systems within and among tribal communities is complex work.  When grantee teams spend time [...]

Meet Our Summer Interns

Two tribal college students are spending seven weeks this summer working as paid interns for the American Indian College Fund in the Office of Research and Special Projects. This new program offers them the opportunity to learn valuable skills that they can use in their academic careers and as professionals while also contributing to the [...]

Code Talkers Preserving Freedoms by Preserving Languages

Today, we pay tribute to those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. Memorial Day is also a very important holiday for American Indians, as throughout history Indian warriors have fought to ensure the survival of their tribes, customs and languages. Historically warriors were held in high regard and rewarded [...]

Teacher of the Next Generation

Hello my name is Sasha Toribio. I am from Zia pueblo, located in Zia, New Mexico. I attend Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) and for a year and a half I have been studying within the early childhood program. During my fall trimester of 2013 I enrolled in the new early childhood Special Topics course [...]

Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education Initiative Goes International

The Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education (ECE) Initiative celebrates another milestone; the project story has gone (or flown) international!  Starting April 2 through May 2014, the Switchback Gallery in the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, in Churchill,  Australia, is presenting the Wakanyeja ECE Initiative’s mono-type prints in a co-curated exhibition entitled, “Flying: A Trans-national cross-cultural [...]

Brennan- Keepers of the Menominee Forest

It is estimated the Menominee Nation had owned nearly 10 million acres which comprised of eastern half of Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and even a small part in northern Illinois. After several treaties with the United States Government, the first being in 1821, Menominee now call home to roughly 237,000 acres in Northeast Wisconsin holding [...]

Student Blogger Ulrick: Songs of Tribute Echo in Laughter

Over the past month I’ve been stressed with the load of late homework because I’m a professional procrastinator, and cramming studying for finals. I had completely forgotten about my personal duties. The anxiety weighed heavier on me than in previous semesters, but at the same time I liked it. “Working well under pressure” is what [...]

Crazy Bull: Why Tribal Colleges and Universities Matter

The week of November 18-22, 2013 was declared National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week through a U.S. Senate Resolution presented by North Dakota Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven, sponsored by 17 Senators and adopted by the Senate on November 14. Tribal Colleges and Universities are remarkable institutions serving over 80% of Indian Country with [...]

Tribal College Brings Tradition to Life

Between July 15 and August 2, Leech Lake Tribal College held a Community Birch Bark Canoe Building Project. Community members created a 16-foot, late 1800s traditional wiigwaasi-jiimaan (birch bark canoe) from start to finish with Ojibwe language being taught and used throughout the process. See more photos (and like their page) on Facebook.com Here is [...]

Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

By Shelley Macy, NWIC Early Childhood Education Director On June 7, Lummi elders and community leaders, along with the Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones (WSLO) program, welcomed WSLO teams from the College of the Menominee Nation (CMN-Wisconsin), Ilisagvik College (IC-Alaska), and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI-New Mexico) to the annual WSLO [...]

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