Record number of students to graduate from MSU program that prepares American Indian school lea May 8, 2015
A record number of students is expected to graduate this spring from a Montana State University program that prepares American Indian educators for leadership positions in schools with high populations of American Indian students.
In partnership with Little Big Horn College, MSU’s Indian Leadership Education and Development program, or I LEAD, offers American Indian educators an opportunity to earn a master’s degree in educational leadership and qualify for state licensure as principals and superintendents without having to leave their jobs. The program aims to place new American Indian principals and superintendents in schools with high populations of American Indian students.
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.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior tells Haskell grads she’s committed to tribal sovereignty, inclu May 8, 2015
Haskell Indian Nations University has lower enrollment, less funding and more competition from other colleges than decades past.
But the school is as relevant today as ever, if not more, especially for shaping well-rounded future tribal leaders, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said.
“The priority of this school has really been around bringing this diverse group of students together from all these different tribes with all these different backgrounds into one place,” she said.
Tribal College Energy audit reduces costs May 7, 2015
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College President Debbie Parrish receives a $9,900 check from L'Anse Village Manager Bob LaFave, left, and Brett Niemi, energy services representative for WPPI Energy. The college used the money to evaluate energy-saving measures at the former Baraga County Hospital Building. Once fully implemented, the upgrades will reduce energy costs by $24,000 a year.
Letters to Grads May 6, 2015
Demi Beautiful Bald Eagle, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, grew up in Dupree. She encourages youth, especially reservation youth, to try to ignore statistics and low expectations when they begin to carve their paths for the future. Easier said than done, but Demi is living it right now as a college student at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.
College Fund Programs Support College and Career Readiness May 2, 2015
To increase Native student success while they are in college and to help graduates succeed once they have a diploma in hand, the American Indian College Fund’s Student Support Services department is now offering a wide array of programs designed to help students from the time they apply for college to their first job search.
College Funder is the 2015 Head Lady Dancer of the Gathering of Nations April 23, 2015
Tanksi Clairmont, 34, has danced at powwows since she was a year old — her record year was 17 powwows — and now she has won the coveted position of Head Lady Dancer at this weekend's Gathering of Nations powwow in Albuquerque.
It's an honorific that involves leading three parades of dancers and singers at the largest powwow in North America, with 3,000 dancers and singers from more than 500 tribes, including Clairmont's family tribes, the Sicangu Lakota on her mother's side and Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota on her father's.
Tribal College Designs An Eco-Affordable Home March 7, 2015
It might be cold outside, but it's warm and snug in the "Eco-Affordable Home" designed and built by Rochell Carpenter and a team of her carpentry students from Leech Lake Tribal College.
The home was built at the college as a curriculum project using advanced framing techniques and green building science.