With the support of the White House, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) won a significant victory in Congress in November. House and Senate conference committee members gave the tribal colleges a $4 million increase over last year’s funding for a total of $35.3 million.
The speakers of American Indian languages are breaking camp and journeying on to camps in the spirit world. Unless we start saving our languages immediately, we will lose them.
Leo Bird combines a wide breath of knowledge with strong teaching methods and serves as a positive role model for students of the Browning School System in Montana.
Anishnaabemowin–speaking the Anishnabe tongue–is a skill many Anishnabeg have lost. But the language fires were never entirely extinguished, and now Bay Mills Community College fans the flames with its Nishnaabemowin Language Instructors’ Institute.
A joint effort between Red Crow Community College and the education faculty at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada, is aimed at addressing the problem of “pan-Indian” curriculum.
In 1999, United Tribes Technical College celebrated its 30-year anniversary and is one of the oldest tribal colleges in the nation.
Educators from seven Montana tribal colleges and community activists are collaborating to rebuild language fluency within their reservations.
E lohe mai ia makou, I ka ÿolelo kupa o ka ÿaina…. (Hear us as we speak the Native language of the land.) Na makou,
It was an emotional time, a time to reflect on what had happened in the past 40 plus years for this Spirit Lake tribal member. George McDonald walked away from the ravages of alcohol to accomplish something no one dreamed he would do. He graduated from college.
According to Michael Krauss of the Alaska Native Language Center, there are 210 different indigenous languages still spoken by American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States and Canada out of the over 300 spoken before the arrival of Columbus.
Edited by Karen Gayton Swisher and John W. Tippeconnic III.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools
Video: Hawaiian with English subtitles, 28 minutes.
Produced by: ‘Aha Punana Leo
Review by Clara A. Martinez,