Picture perfect: Lakota youth find hope with a camera December 9, 2012
When Danielle Griffith's college business class was asked to pick a topic for a public-service campaign last semester, the choice was simple.
"Everybody in class just pinpointed it down to suicide. Every single student, that's the one they chose," she said.
Griffith and the rest of Ahmed Al-Asfour's Introduction to Business class at Oglala Lakota College collaborated with media professionals from the Black Hills chapter of the American Advertising Federation to fight the epidemic of youth suicide on the reservation by asking one question: "What does hope look like to you?"
Bunky Echo-Hawk Artwork Awarded to Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community for Donation December 6, 2012
The American Indian College Fund Flame of Hope Gala, held October 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota raised more than $650,000 that will benefit Native American students.
As part of the entertainment at the event, renowned Pawnee and Yakima artist Bunky Echo-Hawk created a painting live. The piece is a portrait of an American Indian man in traditional dress. It was awarded to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) for pledging $50,000 toward the Richard B. Williams-Seventh Generation Leadership Endowment scholarship.
Marketing staff added to Fort Berthold Community College December 5, 2012
Vonnie Alberts and Vernell Buckman have been named to the staff of the Fort Berthold Community College in New Town to handle the college’s marketing, advertising and multimedia work.
The college is expanding programs for current and future students to meet the needs of a population increase on and surrounding the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation.
Wis. board calls for increase in financial aid December 5, 2012
MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin System and other college associations have endorsed a commission finding that calls for an increase in college aid in the next state budget.
And Verna Fowler, the president of the College of Menominee Nation, said the commission’s recommendations would go a long way toward helping some of most challenged students.
“In almost every measure, the Wisconsin students attending tribal colleges are the most disadvantaged of the disadvantaged in our state,” Fowler said. “... We continue to say that education is the best anti-poverty program there is.”
College celebrates its success in community November 30, 2012
Banners greeted visitors to the Comanche Nation College Thursday with a simple, singular message written in two tongues: "Welcome Maruaweka."
As college president Consuelo Lopez thanked the many staff, volunteers and visitors who made the day's celebration of the college's recent letter of initial candidacy for accreditation a success, that message seemed to be an underlying theme for the college's advancement and success for now and in the future.
Comanche Nation College accredited November 26, 2012
The first and oldest tribal college in Oklahoma has received word of another first the Comanche Nation College will be able to offer certificates and associate-level degrees.
Ilisagvik language nest program close to opening November 24, 2012
Uqautchim Uglua (Inupiaq for language nest) is a new program getting ready to launch through Ilisagvik College. Its purpose is twofold. It will serve as a lab for Ilisagvik students working towards an Associate of Arts degree in Inupiaq Early Learning and provide up to 12 children from birth to three years of age with early immersion in their traditional culture and language. In its first year, which is scheduled to start in November of 2012, the program will only be accepting three-year-old children. By the start of the second year, the program will be opened to all children from birth to three.