Cultural Property Rights

Volume 8, No. 2 – Fall 1996


  • Tribal Colleges’ Role in Research

    It is vital for tribal colleges to ensure that their own research standards will not only meet the critical review of the community but also, whenever possible, of the broader scholarly community. This may not prove to be an easy task, and the sooner discussions begin the better.

  • Tribal Models for Controlling Research

    NAGPRA did not resolve all of the significant disputes between scholars and Native American communities, especially those concerning basic research. Today, American Indian tribes and Canadian bands continue to establish their own controls over outside research, and a number of them have adopted formal written policies.

  • Philip Morris Grants Support Teacher Training

    Due in large part to a $22,000 teacher development grant the college will receive from the Philip Morris Companies Inc., Marjorie Pumpkinseed and nine other Oglala Lakota College students will graduate next year as desperately-needed Indian teachers and role models.

  • Research Proposal Checklist

    This checklist was developed by the Association of Aboriginal Post-Secondary Institutes in British Columbia, Canada. The checklist has been requested by many First Nations bands since its publication in February 1996.

  • Oglala College Outlasts Skeptics

    There were many skeptics both on and off the Pine Ridge Reservation when the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council authorized planning for a reservation based college. “They said the population was too small, the economic conditions too bad, and it was too much work to start a college. They thought we were dreaming,” says Lowel Amiotte (Oglala Lakota), a former president of the college which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

  • Blood Tribe Brings Sacred Objects Home

    Retrieving sacred artifacts lost over time is a delicate process, but it is yielding results, says Narcisse Blood, a Blood Tribe member from the Blood Reserve in Southern Alberta, Canada. “These bundles are lonesome for home. They want to come back,” he says. Many of the articles had been with the tribe for centuries, including sacred bundles used long ago in Sundance ceremonies.

  • Industry Working with AIHEC to Build Museums

    Log cabins may provide the solution to creating a network of field museums at tribal colleges.

  • Tribal Museums Keep Exhibits, Culture Alive

    Despite great competition for the grant money available to tribal museums, more and more tribes are considering opening their own museums or cultural centers. Experts predict in the next five years the number of tribal museums will double.



  • Age an Advantage, Not a Handicap

    Laurie Robbins is a first generation college student and mother of two teenagers on her way to an M.A. in education. She was selected Student of the Year at Bay Mills Community College and has come to feel that attending college later in life is not a handicap but an advantage.

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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