Financial Help Not Likely on Horizon for Tribal Colleges June 22, 2014
When the president and first lady recently arrived by helicopter at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, they made history. President Barack Obama is the third sitting U.S. president to visit an Indian reservation in the past eight decades. The Obamas took part in a Flag Day ceremony and met with Dakota and Lakota nation youth during their June 13 visit.
Addressing the crowd, Obama promised a renewed commitment to American Indian interests, with a particular focus on education.
“Let’s put our minds together to improve our schools, because our children deserve a world-class education, too, that prepares them for colleges and careers. And that means returning control of Indian education to tribal nations with additional resources and support so that you can direct your children’s education and reform,” said Obama.
College Fund awards LLTC with three year $50,000 Traditional Arts Grant June 21, 2014
The American Indian College Fund has awarded Leech Lake Tribal College with a three-year grant of $50,000 through a program designed to increase the intergenerational transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge and processes from elders to adults and children and to provide direct support for Native artists, while stemming the tide of lost and endangered cultural art forms in tribal communities. Leech Lake Tribal College was one of four selected, also selected were Oglala Lakota College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and Sinte Gleska University. Congratulations to them as well!
Northern Cheyenne women learn the lost art of brain-tanning buffalo June 20, 2014
Clouds collect over Inyan Kara Mountain while a gentle breeze combs through the waist-high buffalo grass near the banks of Redwater Creek as six women from the Northern Cheyenne Reservation are elbow-deep in brains, tanning their first buffalo hide.
“This makes your hands so soft,” one woman says to her college comrades and they all giggle.
Senator Murkowski Speaks on Native Language Programs June 19, 2014
US Senator Lisa Murkowski spoke Wednesday at a committee meeting in Washington, DC about her Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2014. KDLG’s Thea Card has more.
Senator Murkowski shared her personal connection in wanting to enhance Native language learning in Alaskan schools. She explained that when she placed her children in an immersion school in Anchorage, it was difficult to get respect and support from districts for those schools.
President of Oglala Lakota College Testifies Before Indian Affairs Committee June 18, 2014
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing this afternoon on the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act (S. 1948) and the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act (S. 2299). Mr. Thomas Shortbull, president of the Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, testified before the committee. - See more at:
American Indian College Fund Awards Grants to Preserve and Restore Native Art Forms June 17, 2014
The American Indian College Fund has awarded four three-year grants of $50,000 each to tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) in the upper-Midwest through a program designed to increase the intergenerational transfer of artistic and cultural knowledge and processes from elders to adults and children. The grants also provide direct support for Native artists, while stemming the tide of lost and endangered cultural art forms in tribal communities. The program is funded by a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.
Funding Discrepancies Mean Less Money for Students at Tribal Colleges June 13, 2014
Dwight Carlston, 25, calls himself a statistic of the Navajo Nation.
Raised by a single mother, he dropped out of college after his first semester. His struggle to stay in school is reflected in data from the National Center for Education Statistics that indicate American Indians are less prepared than any other ethnic subgroup for college and careers.