Tribal Colleges’ ‘Go To’ Fund Turns 25 February 5, 2015
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.
Bay Mills Community College Works With Invasive Plants as Pellet Feedstock Project February 4, 2015
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.
ND State DOT, United Tribes partnering on workforce training February 4, 2015
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.
The College Completion Gap Between Rich And Poor Students Has Doubled, Study Says February 3, 2015
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.
Young Native Americans celebrating their culture February 3, 2015
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."
Tribal colleges Solving a disparity January 29, 2015
"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."
Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges January 27, 2015
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.
Jump Start program aims to help American Indian students January 22, 2015
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.
MSU-based study finds underrepresented students study science if they believe it helps their co January 22, 2015
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.