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  • 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.”
  • Tribal College president named one of Alaska's top 40 under 40
    February 6, 2015
    Pearl Kiyawn Nageak Brower, 34, received statewide recognition this month after being named to the Alaska Journal of Commerce's Top 40 under 40. Brower was nominated from a list of some 160 candidates and 230 nominations, the journal reported, which organizers of the list said represented some of the state's leading entrepreneurs and emerging leaders.
  • Loveland High works with Oglala Lakota College on respectful Indian mascot
    February 5, 2015
    The school started the process last year to work with the South Dakota tribe to make sure the Indian mascot remains in the respectful spirit in which it was chosen. Now, the Loveland school is asking students from Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota to design some new logos that the Loveland school might adopt. "It opens the discussion, and it involves input to pick a mascot that isn't offensive," said Michelle Salvatore, teacher at the accredited tribal college. "It's a cool thing to do, and it gives them a voice, and they're proactive in their own identity."
  • North Dakota DOT and United Tribes Technical College partner on workforce training
    February 5, 2015
    BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) have a new collaboration underway for workforce training. The partnership established today will enhance UTTC’s curriculum and provide a pathway for trained workers to fill high-demand transportation jobs across the state of North Dakota. The partnership focuses on UTTC’s Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) and Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) programs. Students will receive hands-on experience from NDDOT personnel, including job shadowing, mentoring, and equipment training. The NDDOT will work with UTTC on developing their training curriculum to ensure graduates are prepared for and have the opportunity for careers in the transportation industry.
  • 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."