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.
Graduation Rates Dropping Among Native American Students June 6, 2013
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Latino and black students are gaining ground, but American Indians are slipping, a new report shows.
USDA funding to provide technical assistance to help rural businesses grow June 3, 2013
High Plains Journal - An example of past awards in Nebraska is the 2012 USDA Rural Development award of a $135,200 Rural Business Opportunity Grant to the Nebraska Indian Community College of Macy, Neb. The grant provided entrepreneurial leadership education and training to students for job development in Thurston and Knox counties by creating a program that can be offered as part of the college’s regularly offered college courses. Six jobs will be created in the two counties.
Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions June 2, 2013
Schools like the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, the Institute of American Indian Arts, and the Santa Fe Indian School – along with grammar schools, high schools, and non-profit programs – have developed agricultural education programs. The Traditional Native American Farmers’ Association helps farmers get back onto the land, hosts workshops on seed saving and agricultural techniques, and has a youth program.