A State of Emergency for American Indian and Native Students December 12, 2012
The recent release of Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate data from the U.S. Department of Education was certainly shocking to the nation. But for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, the data just confirms that education for our Native students is in a state of emergency.
HLC approves NTC's Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources December 11, 2012
Navajo Technical College was approved by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to begin offering a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources. In addition to the B.S. degree, the HLC also approved NTC to begin offering accredited courses at its recently established Four Corners Regional instructional site in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz., as well as begin offering a certificate in Textiles and Weaving.
Efforts to Recruit American Indian Males to College are Working December 10, 2012
When Dwight Carlston of Fort Defiance, Ariz., began his college career a few years ago, little did he know that he was doing a lot more than making his family proud by pursuing a college education.
While setting an example for his family, Carlston, now a 25-year-old environmental science major at Navajo Technical College with a 3.8 grade point average, was also helping tribal colleges throughout the continent in their efforts to get more American Indian males on reservations to further their education.
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.”