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  • Olympian Shares Achievement at Tribal Summit
    September 4, 2014
    Athlete Billy Mills was orphaned at the age of 12. Through his tough times, he never thought he would win an Olympic gold medal, but he did. And today, the United Tribes Technical College Tribal Leaders Summit honored Mills for the hope he's brought to his people. The mission of ICWA, first founded in 1978, is to keep or reunite Indian children with their families.
  • College Fund Poised for Growth
    September 3, 2014
    From small local tribal colleges to regional and national institutions, more Native students are opting for a college education, on their terms, than ever before. Simply by doing what needs to be done, tribal colleges are leading the national trend in higher education to develop programs that serve their own community.
  • My Peace Corps Experience as a Native American
    September 2, 2014
    Growing up on a Native American reservation has profoundly impacted my life choices and career path. My community members and surroundings taught me about the worldview of my people, and the knowledge I acquired from community elders continues to influence how I interact with others. As an Indigenous person, I represent where I come from along with my community's core values, including love, faith, compassion, service, and dedication to community. These values are instilled in me. They are who I am. My personal goal is to be of service to my community and I have realized the acquisition of knowledge is one avenue to accomplish my goal.
  • Education on the North Slope: Local Iñupiaq Teachers Needed I?isa?vik College
    August 31, 2014
    Like many regional entities and programs, the Uqautchim Uglua (Language Nest) initiative at I?isa?vik College works for indigenized education and Iñupiat educational self-determination on the North Slope of Alaska. Unlike some other programs, however, Uqautchim Uglua is relatively new, designed in 2011 and implemented in 2012. But the roots of the program, and the issues which it is intended to address, go back much further.
  • Gerald One Feather, Oglala Sioux Leader and Education Advocate, Walks On
    August 27, 2014
    He was the youngest president, at age 32, in the history of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and he founded Oglala Lakota College on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Gerald One Feather walked on Thursday, August 21 at a hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota.
  • Four Challenges Facing Native Students Today
    August 27, 2014
    American Indian college students heading back to school this fall face tough challenges. Some are common to all college students and some are unique to Native students. Many American Indian students begin their post-secondary education at a tribal or a community college, so this discussion focuses primarily on those institutions.
  • The 15 Least Expensive Colleges in the United States
    August 27, 2014
    The least expensive and final tribal college on the list is Dine College in serving Navajo Nation in Arizona. Dine is a large community college housing over 2,000 students serving 27,000 square miles of Navajo Nation.
  • College of Menominee Nation Examines Floods and Fires in Colorado
    August 25, 2014
    Cottonwood Institute was excited to collaborate with the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in a unique Fire and Flood Project exploring the foothills and gaining a deeper understanding of fire, water, and flood issues in Colorado. After an early morning pick-up at DIA, a group of 17 from Wisconsin, began their trip at The Alliance Center in Denver, CO, the hub for sustainability in Colorado. The Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC), as the group is known, heard from local sustainability experts to learn more about fire and water issues facing Colorado. With full bellies after a lunch from Smiling Moose Deli, the crew packed up and headed to Cal-wood Education Center just outside of Jamestown, CO, for the next 5 days and 4 nights.
  • College Fund Attribution made in New York Times
    August 25, 2014
    Emily Boyd-Valandra, 29, a wildlife biologist at the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, is emblematic of new tribal wildlife managers working around the Northern Plains. She went to college and studied ecology. (Nationwide, the rate of indigenous people in America attending college has doubled since 1970, according to the American Indian College Fund.)
  • One Feather Sr., Gerald Lloyd
    August 24, 2014
    OGLALA | Gerald Lloyd One Feather Sr. “Sunka Wakan Waste – Good Horse” and “Wiyaka Wanji – One Feather”, age 76, of Oglala, SD, entered the spirit world on August 21, 2014, at Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, SD. Gerald was born to Elva and Joe One Feather of the Oglala Junior Community on July 10, 1938, and grew up in a traditional Lakota family and tiospaye. He had a lifelong love of learning and reading, being outdoors, and traveling. He was proud to serve as an ambassador and leader of his Lakota People and loved his family and friends.