VIDEO: Tribal college grads look to future May 15, 2015
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.
lIisagvik College, nation’s northernmost, outlines 20-year anniversary May 11, 2015
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TCU student, Shiprock native plans documentary film on largest Navajo rug May 8, 2015
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.
Northwest Indian College builds Lummi workforce, values tradition March 4, 2015
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.
An Open Letter From a Tribal College Professor March 2, 2015
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?
Omaha Tribe members trying to revitalize an 'endangered language' February 15, 2015
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.
Montana Values Tribal Colleges—And May Back Them with Money February 12, 2015
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.
Passing On: Wilmer Mesteth February 6, 2015
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.”