Funded by the Ford Foundation, the Institute for Tomorrow’s Generation of Leaders offered participants an intensive summer program of seminars in leadership skills, college administration and political savvy. Taught by experienced tribal college presidents, faculty from Montana State University and legislative experts in Washington, D.C. the program was designed to give future leaders the knowledge that today’s leaders had to—sometimes painfully—learn for themselves.
Tribal colleges may be the most important movement we have in Indian country today. In certain fundamental ways they are the only transitional institutions standing between the reservation population and the larger society that can bring services and information to Indian people.
In an interview with TCJ, Twila Martin reflects on some of her experience as a politician, educator and social activist.
Geraldine Arcoren, Ned Metcalf, and Duane Hollow Horn Bear, members of the Rosebud Sioux tribe, exemplify the strength of traditional values.
Fifty American Indian students from 27 tribal and other community colleges around the United States traveled to the University of California at Irvine for the second annual American Indian Summer Institute In Computer Science.
As reservations work to strengthen their communities, they are learning to draw inspiration from traditional conceptions of leadership.
The Lummi Nation has provided leadership and support for tribal groups around the world as they attempt to preserve their land and water.
After decades of economic stagnation, American Indian communities nationwide are finding hope in the kind of glitter once reserved for Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The task of the tribes and, most especially, their colleges is to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities casinos present while acknowledging the risks involved.
When Monica Whirlwind Horse was in high school, no one voted her “most likely to succeed.” In fact, she dropped out of school before the vote was taken. “I was really wild, a terrible student, and I hated school,” she says. She was the type that teachers shake their heads over, and parents don’t want their children associating with.
By Anna Lee Walters
Firebrand Books. Ithaca, New York. $10.95
Review by Cheryl Crazy Bull
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