TOCC pilots iPad project July 1, 2013
During the 2012–2013 school year, Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC, Sells, AZ) introduced iPads as touch-based learning tools for students. Since an increasing number of courses at the college use e-textbooks and applications on iPads rather than traditional textbooks, TOCC has resolved to continue and expand on its iPad project. Students borrow the iPads from the college library and can keep them on long-term loan. Ninety iPads are currently in circulation at TOCC.
Language revitalization: Ramey Growing Thunder helps preserve native tongues June 30, 2013
POPLAR — Understanding the words and meaning behind a traditional ceremonial song is what fueled Ramey Growing Thunder’s desire as a young girl to learn and save the Dakota language.
“I began to learn through song. I really wanted to know what those words meant,” said Growing Thunder, 32, the new director of the Fort Peck Tribes’ Language and Culture Department.
Ethete student earns award for leadership June 28, 2013
Hughes received the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship honor.
Teresa G. Hughes, of Ethete, was selected to receive the David M. Gipp Native American Leader Fellowship award for 2013-14. The award was presented May 1 during a ceremony attended by college leaders and supporters from the Bismarck, N.D., community.
Salish Kootenai College Graduates First Tribal Historic Preservation Class June 24, 2013
Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana is now offering degrees in Tribal Historic Preservation. The instructor, Dr. Jeffrey Bendremer says, “It’s the first program of its type anywhere. I believe it’s historic.”
Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/24/salish-kootenai-college-graduates-first-tribal-historic-preservation-class-149961
Albert White Hat, preserver of Lakota language, dies at 74 June 23, 2013
Albert White Hat, preserver of Lakota language, dies at 74
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Published: June 23
Albert White Hat, who was instrumental in teaching and preserving the endangered Lakota American Indian language and translated the Hollywood movie “Dances With Wolves” into Lakota for its actors, died June 11 at a South Dakota hospital. He was 74.
Traditional Native Games Conference & Competitions June 21, 2013
The International Traditional Games Society was organized in 1997 but will hold its first Traditional Native Games Conference & Competitions from June 26-28 at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana. This will bring together many of the leading minds throughout Indian country and elsewhere to discuss the value of these games, the preservation of spiritual ties as shown through joy and play and the restoration of traditional games within tribes from both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.
Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2013/06/21/save-dates-traditional-native-games-conference-competitions-150009
More state funding coming to Navajo June 20, 2013
Navajo Times - Another major victory in the budget approved by the state is that, for the first time, Navajo Technical College will be getting state support.
"Since opening its two Arizona campuses in 2006, Navajo Technical College has shown retention and graduation rates that far exceed the national average and its students are entering the workforce with high-demand skills like computer science and engineering," said Jackson.
The state legislature agreed to appropriate $850,000 a year to help NTC to improve its Chinle campus. That is in addition to the $1.75 million that goes annually to Diné College.
'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."