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  • Oglala Lakota College geologist confirms water problems in proposed Black Hills uranium mining
    January 22, 2015
    Uranium mining in the southern Black Hills compromises water supplies, according to expert testimony by Oglala Lakota College Department Co-Chair Hannan LaGarry, released Jan. 12 in response to a federal administrative order. Azarga Uranium Corp., formerly Powertech Uranium Corp., sought unsuccessfully to keep the testimony from the public in the Oglala Sioux Tribe's challenge of the company's proposal to reopen uranium mines and mills at the Dewey-Burdock site in Custer and Fall River counties adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  • NDSU to partner with South Dakota tribal college
    January 17, 2015
    FARGO -- North Dakota State University will partner with a tribal college in South Dakota to expand that college's degree programs and increase the number of Native American students at NDSU. Officials from NDSU and Sisseton Wahpeton College signed a memorandum of understanding Friday afternoon to mark the new partnership.
  • President’s Two-Year Tuition Free College Proposal is Hopeful and Positive
    January 13, 2015
    Guest Commentary Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald Editor’s Note: Last week Friday, President Barack Obama announced an initiative that would provide two-years of free tuition for Americans to attend a community college. Included in the proposal are the 37 tribal colleges in Indian Country. “The increasing cost of education continues to be an issue for the American Indian students we serve at United Tribes with post-secondary education and workforce training programs. We support and assist them in accessing as many resources as available. However, additional resources to help them get through their first two years of college would be beneficial – both to students and the college.
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Expands Key Programs
    January 9, 2015
    New Funding Helps to Further School’s Mission SANTA FE, N.M - The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce plans to expand its Master Artist-in-Residence Program, its Student Internship Program, and introduce a Sculpture and Foundry Residence Program. The expansion of these programs will bring additional educational knowledge from artists and Tribal Communities to IAIA students thereby supporting them academically -- and in their careers.
  • Grant will help Haskell provide remedial classes to more students
    January 7, 2015
    A humanities grant will enable Haskell Indian Nations University to create a summer literature program for freshmen who need remedial English classes. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Haskell a $99,800 Tribal Colleges and Universities Humanities Initiative, the university announced this month. The amount will fully fund the development and implementation of the “Summer Bridge Program in Literature” at Haskell.
  • United Tribes Technical College Hires First New President in 37 Years
    January 5, 2015
    United Tribes Technical College has a new president. He is Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald (Dakota/Arikara), an enrolled citizen of the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota. McDonald is the former Spirit Lake tribal chairman and was selected October 24 to take over leadership of the intertribal technical college in Bismarck, North Dakota. He succeeds David M. Gipp, who served as the college’s executive director and president for 37 years.
  • Navajo Technical University Instructors Balance Work and Education
    January 4, 2015
    On December 11, 2014, Navajo Technical University nursing instructors Shawnadine Becenti and Jonathan Lumibao graduated with Master’s of Nursing degrees from the University of New Mexico’s Nursing Education program. The 39-credit hour degree program was offered with the option of a part-time curriculum totaling six semesters, which allowed for both Becenti and Lumibao to earn their degrees while simultaneously working full-time teaching in NTU’s pre-nursing and registered nursing programs. Read more at
  • Tribal College Students, Navajo Blues Trio The Plateros Forge Ahead -- as Indigenous
    January 2, 2015
    Two of the most recognizable names in the Native music world, Indigenous and The Plateros, are now one. After two consecutive summers of touring together, the blues trio of cousins has become the next generation of Indigenous. Frontman Mato Nanji, winner of the Artist of the Year at the 2014 Native American Music Awards, will still lead the band. But Levi Platero, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero will be his new cohorts as the band gets back to its Native roots. ICTMN caught up with Levi Platero, after a performance at the New Mexico State Fair. "Mato asked us if we wanted to become his band full-time," Levi recalls. "Me and the guys actually thought about it. 'Wouldn't it be cool if we were actually to become Indigenous?' It never really occurred to us that it would really happen. At first, we were just opening for them. Later, we started helping with a few shows. Now, he's picking us up to be his full-time band, which is just incredible. And, it's awesome. I'm really excited about it."
  • Grant to help MSU increase Native American, minority grad students in STEM
    December 31, 2014
    BOZEMAN – Montana State University and three partners across the Northwest are working together to increase the number of American Indian and other underrepresented minorities entering and earning doctorates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. With a new four-year grant awarded from the National Science Foundation, MSU and the University of Montana will focus on developing an Indigenous mentoring model for American Indian graduate students in STEM degree programs, while the University of Idaho and Washington State University will partner in this effort and lead distinct activities, said Karlene Hoo, dean of The Graduate School at MSU. Together with help from Montana Tech, Salish Kootenai College and Heritage University and other tribal colleges in the region, this Pacific Northwest Alliance will develop a circuit for success through strategic activities for underrepresented students in STEM, Hoo said. Each partner will research different issues that affect enrollment and recruitment, then share their findings and put them into practice. MSU will use its $286,000 portion of the grant to study doctoral socialization and develop a mutual mentoring model.
  • New Tribal College President Encourages Students in Bismarck
    December 22, 2014
    Leander “Russ” McDonald Wants Native American Culture at Center of Studies BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The new president of United Tribes Technical College noticed something a little off when the school hosted a welcome event in his honor earlier this month. Faculty members were sitting in front nearest the speakers, with students behind them. President Leander “Russ” McDonald would prefer to have students up front, with faculty surrounding them. “None of us would be here without them,” he said. McDonald is the newest face on campus, taking the reins from the vice president of academic, career and technical education, Phil Baird, who served as interim president for eight months. David Gipp, who led the college for 37 years, was named chancellor in January, a role created to focus on the school’s growth and development.