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  • 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.
  • Leech Lake Tribal College Joins Obama’s College Day Of Action
    December 5, 2014
    Class is in session at Leech Lake Tribal College just like any other day, but today is not a typical Thursday. As part of the White house College Opportunity Day of Action, the president of the college, Dr. Donald Day, was invited to Washington D.C. to meet with the president of the United States. This is the second year the white house has hosted a day of action, but the first time the Leech Lake Tribal College was invited to join. They celebrated the honor with a live stream viewing party.
  • President Obama introduces “Generation Indigenous” for American Indian students
    December 5, 2014
    KESHENA – At the College of Menominee Nation, many students like Sally Hill are going back to school. “The job that I was passed over for, I didn’t have the bachelor’s education that was required. Even though I had that experience, that piece of paper kept me from getting that job,” said Hill. The College of Menominee Nation President Verna Fowler says childhood poverty prevents many local Native American students from getting degrees.
  • Secretary’s Column: USDA Partners with Native Americans
    December 4, 2014
    USDA will also support partnerships with three tribal colleges (Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D.; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.; United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.) by providing grant writing assistance and other services to help traditionally underserved communities access federal resources. We are also providing a $5.4 million loan to upgrade broadband service for residents of New Mexico’s Mescalero Apache Reservation. This is the first telecommunications loan USDA has made under the Substantially Underserved Trust Area (SUTA) provision of the 2008 Farm Bill.
  • Initiative to Lift Up Native American Youth
    December 3, 2014
    WHITE HOUSE— Maurianna Loretto, an environmental science major at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, says education is key to beating the odds stacked against so many Native American young people. “There are challenges in the community," said Loretto, 22. "There are negative influences that someone can easily get into and get wrapped up in — and I think we just need people to motivate the young to do good for themselves.”
  • Sister lives consecrated life by promoting education
    December 3, 2014
    Menominee tribal college president follows parents’ counsel to ‘help others less fortunate’
  • Student Spotlight: Rebecca Diaz Works Toward Starting a Business
    December 3, 2014
    Tribal college student Rebecca Diaz is grateful for the help she and her family receive from supporters of the American Indian College Fund. This veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces wants to provide the people in her community a needed service, and earning a college degree is the first big step to realize that dream.