A ‘Revolution’ in Education

Click here to view original web page at navajotimes.com
Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterPrint this page

New Diné College president cites parents, past pioneers

Navajo Times | Adron Gardner Charles “Monty” Roessel, left, is sworn in by Dilkon District Court Judge Cynthia Thompson as the new president of Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, on April 7.

TSAILE, Ariz.

When Charles “Monty” Roessel spoke to the audience at his swearing-in ceremony on April 7, the 17th Diné College president reflected on his parents and past pioneers in education who shaped what the institution has become today.

“Our leaders of that time, they had faith in something that was not seen but was felt,” said Roessel. “People like my dad, Bob Roessel, people like Ned Hatathli, like Dean Jackson … everyone of those leaders moved the college further.”

Praising those who came before him, especially his dad, who served as the college’s first president, Monty Roessel described the dream he sees for future students of Diné College.

Navajo Times | Adron Gardner
Guests listen to speakers at the inauguration of Charles “Monty” Roessel as the new Diné College president in Tsaile, Arizona, on April 7.

“A new generation of Navajos are getting ready for college … I’m talking about first graders and kindergarteners,” he said. “These students will be one of the 5,000 students who will in 2030 be enrolling in pre-law, so they can enter our Diné College of Law, or one of 25 baccalaureate programs … or our masters, doctorates programs.”

Roessel’s parents, Bob and Ruth Roessel, were key figures in the inception of the first tribally controlled college in the country, then known as Navajo Community College. Monty Roessel described them and other prominent educators as revolutionaries who sought to not only establish a higher learning institution on the Navajo Nation, but to also have it run by the tribe.

“They created a revolution in Indian education,” he said. “Diné College is an example of that idea. This college is one we should be proud of as an institute of higher education but also as a revolutionary idea. This is our revolution to continue.”

As the keynote speaker and a family friend of the Roessel’s, former Navajo Nation chairman and president Peterson Zah said it was after Diné College began that other tribes followed suit. Being the largest tribe, the Navajo Nation’s influence over other tribes throughout the country is obvious.

To read the full article, subscribe here now or pick up your copy of the Navajo Times at your nearest newsstand! Find newsstand locations at this link.


2017 AIHEC Student Poetry Slam

AIHEC POETRY SLAM 2017

On the opening evening of the 2017 AIHEC Student Conference in Rapid City, students from an array of TCUs entertained conference goers with the spoken word at the annual poetry slam. View the video

Twiniversity:
Life of a Tribal College Mom


CELINA GRAY

I Am an Ancestor’s Dream

Change, especially institutional change, takes time-and instead of just throwing our hands up in the air we should take it slow, each of us has our own roles to play.

. Read more →