Volume 7, No. 2 – Fall 1995


  • The Three Sisters: Exploring an Iroquois garden

    The educational booklet, “The Three Sisters: Exploring an Iroquois Garden” grew from a desire to present the history of corn, beans, and squash from the perspective of Native peoples.

  • Emigdio Ballon: Sowing the seeds of independence

    “Always I was in the fields with my grandmother and grandfather. I would walk with my grandfather for days to trade seeds and food for other seeds and food and clothes. My grandfather taught me that when you have seeds, you have life,” says Emigdio Ballon, a Quechua Indian from Bolivia, and the Director of Agronomy for Seeds of Change.

  • Intertribal Ag Group Sees Many Barriers

    A bleak report issued by the Intertribal Agricultural Council to Congress in 1992 concludes that the Indian use of Indian lands is actually dropping, the number of idle acres increasing, and hundreds of thousands of acres of Indian lands face danger of foreclosure.

  • The Road to Reappearance: Indians and cattle ranching in the American west

    Author Peter Iverson writes about the history of Native American cattle ranching across the West. “Cattle ranching began to emerge as a strategy to confront the dilemmas of the present and to stake out the possibilities of the future.”

  • Reteaching the First Agriculturalists

    A transcript of testimony presented by Salish-Kootenai College President Joseph McDonald to the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in November 1993 contributing to the successful passage of the tribal college land grant legislation.

  • Building Dreams on the High Ground

    Although the buffalo no longer roam freely and gardening is much more difficult since the Garrison Dam project flooded prime farming land, the Three Affiliated Tribes recently found new hope for self-sufficiency thanks to the tribal college and a cattle relending program.

  • Tribal-State Cooperation: Affirming and redefining Indian self-determination

    An examination of the successful cooperation in Minnesota between tribes and the state legislature to deliver educational services to American Indian students at all levels.

  • Researching Native Roots

    Salish Kootenai College reference librarian Eugene Mark Felsman offers research advice and resources to assist Native Americans in their family research.

  • Building Bridges with State Universities

    Congress’s 1994 decision to designate tribal colleges as land grant institutions has opened a door between them and state land grant universities and colleges. Navajo Community College in the Southwest and the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges are leading efforts to explore the potential for partnerships.


  • Harvest Dream

    Fall. Harvest time. Images of a combine threshing the last row of wheat, silhouetted against the golden harvest moon. Where are the American Indians in this picture?

Resource Guide

Media Reviews

2017 AIHEC Student Poetry Slam


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

Life of a Tribal College Mom


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.

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