If economic development can be nurtured by the sustained activity of diverse partnerships, then each tribal college needs to invest, not in a single approach, organization, or policy, but in identifying and strengthening a variety of institutions, both public and private, in its own community.
Oglala Lakota College is “one of the nation’s best kept higher education secrets” reported the Chronicle of Higher Education in a 1988 feature story. The college’s success is all the more remarkable because it has taken place in the poorest county in the United States.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has become one of the most active and influential voices in the national debate about excellence in education. This article contains excerpts from a major new report, “Tribal Colleges: Shaping the future of Native America.”
In a major new report, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching applauded the work of tribally controlled colleges, calling them “the most significant and hopeful development in our long history of failed policies toward Native Americans.”