'Saving the planet with indigenous knowledge' June 19, 2013
I was thinking about the disconnection between technological hope and the economic division of humanity while recently listening to a talk by Daniel Wildcat. Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee nation of Oklahoma, is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and author of “Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge” (Fulcrum 2009). Though there were hundreds in the audience, I say “talk” and not “lecture” because Wildcat practiced a sort of rhetoric that circled around keywords, accumulating meaning, rather than succinctly telling the audience what he knows that he wants us to know. He practiced, in fact, what he described as the response of Indian people to a meeting with whites who propose to help them: “We don’t care what you know until we know you care.”
AGC-NM builds on workforce development efforts in Gallup area June 19, 2013
For more than a year, the Associated General Contractors-New Mexico Building Branch has been involved with partnerships to bolster the curriculum in Gallup-area schools to ensure graduates can fill open jobs.
The branch has been working with the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus and the Navajo Technical College to train students that will support work being done in the area by BNSF Railway Co. and the oil and gas industry. The latest efforts have resulted in industry-driven coursework that will be offered during the fall semester at UNM-Gallup.
New art meets old culture at Red Cloud June 19, 2013
Native American art is much more than "long hair, feathers and sunsets," says the curator of the annual Red Cloud Indian Art Show, on display now through Aug. 11.
"There's so much more to it," said Mary Bordeaux of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School near Pine Ridge. "Contemporary Native art just isn't long hair, feathers and sunsets."
Lummi Food Sovereignty Gets a Big Boost June 14, 2013
Food sovereignty is a topic that is discussed more and more in Indian Country these days. Tribal leaders and members are realizing that they can’t be completely sovereign if they rely on outside sources for their food. That idea has prompted Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Cooperative Extension Department to implement food sovereignty programs at two of its reservation sites: Muckleshoot and Lummi. - See more at: http://alaska-native-news.com/general-news/8696-lummi-food-sovereignty-gets-a-big-boost.html#sthash.ZBwXE3rx.dpuf
Teaching science and engineering at a tribal college June 13, 2013
Salish Kootenai College (SKC) is a four-year college located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. It is one of 32 fully-accredited US colleges and universities in which at least 51% of students are enrolled in federally recognized tribes.
The US Department of Education classifies these higher education institutions as TCUs (tribal colleges and universities). Most of the TCUs are chartered and controlled by tribal governments. Three are controlled by the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes govern SKC.
Salish Kootenai College commencement celebrated June 8 June 12, 2013
PABLO — Yamncut drum played as Salish Kootenai College class of 2013 followed Linda King and Wilbert Michel into the Joe McDonald Health and Fitness Center for commencement on June 8.
Jason Smith, former SKC graduate and current Director of Indian Affairs for Montana Governor Steve Bullock, offered graduates a “free fundamental formula for success.”
Salish Kootenai College names new president June 12, 2013
PABLO –The Salish Kootenai College Board of Directors at SKC announced the selection of Robert DePoe III as SKC’s new president on June 5. On June 4, the final three candidates — DePoe, Sandra Boham and Steve DuPuis — were on campus for a public question and answer session that drew nearly 100 people.
“Salish Kootenai College proudly announces the new president for SKC will be Robert DePoe III,” said Jim Durglo, Chairman of the Board of Directors. “The Board and executive team are looking forward to a long, successful, and prosperous future for SKC under our new president.”
Comanche Nation College Tries to Rescue a Lost Tribal Language June 9, 2013
A two-year tribal college in Lawton, Okla., is using technology to reinvigorate the Comanche language before it dies out.
Two faculty members from Comanche Nation College and Texas Tech University worked with tribal elders to create a digital archive of what's left of the language. Only about 25 people nationwide speak Comanche, down from about 15,000 in the late 1800s, they estimate.