Land is Life

Volume 12, No. 2 – Winter 2000


  • Shifting Paradigms: Diné build harmony, balance, and community into the planning process

    The field of planning in the United States was born out of the need to solve urban problems in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As it developed, professional planners largely determined the shape of the landscape. The public was largely excluded from the process, as were all other elements of the environment. Planning in the Diné way, however, is something that all things do…air, water, rocks, plants, animals, and people.

  • Giving Voice to Crow Country: The Crow place name project

    Interstate 90 follows the Little Big Horn River north from the Wyoming border through the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana. The 2.2 million-acre reservation is nearly twice as big as the state of Delaware, but it is filled with mountains and grasslands, not pavement. Except for the interstate and an occasional power line, the rolling grasslands offer few reminders of the 21st century.

  • Of Science and Spirit: Leech Lake combines culture, inquiry in the lab

    As students gathered for general ecology class at Leech Lake Tribal College, a pipecarrier from the Leech Lake community entered the front of the room. In a classroom lined with microscopes, computers, and digital measuring devices, he began to tell the Anishinaabe Creation

  • Sinte Gleska University Reclaims Land from Loneliness

    Land has its own story to tell. It speaks of the joyful experiences of human beings, animals, and plants. It tells of blood that has spilled, tears that have fallen, and broken bodies that have been laid to rest. This is the story of a piece of land that once was the site of the most troubling of tribal educational experiences – the boarding school. Now Sinte Gleska University is transforming that land into a model of tribal land use.



  • Three Degrees and Counting: Diverse interests lead Wiartalla into teaching

    At the age of 38, Wade Wiartalla decided there was more to life and began looking at various colleges. When he arrived at Bay Mills Community College, in Brimley, Mich., his interest in biology and his natural leadership skills combined with the college’s unique learning opportunities to propel him toward a new career — teaching. The tribal college’s cultural focus was also important to Wiartalla, a member of the Sault St. Marie tribe.

  • Love of Science Gave Ken Johnson a Second Life

    Studying science at Leech Lake Tribal College transformed Ken Johnson’s life. “Nature has a way of speaking to you. It’s like the elements – carbon connects with a different element because there’s an attraction.”

Resource Guide

Media Reviews

  • The Cold-and-Hunger Dance

    By Diane Glancy
    University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1998

    Review by Faith Hagenhofer, Library Director, Nisqually Tribal Library

    In this collection of essays,

  • The House of Joshua

    By Mindy Thompson Fullilove
    University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, 1999

    Review by Faith Hagenhofer, Library Director, Nisqually Tribal Library

    This is a series of more or less chronological autobiographical stories in which Dr.

  • Henry Boucha: Star of the North

    By Mary Halverson Schofield
    Snowshoe Press, P.O. Box 24334, Edina MN 55424
    1999, 146 pages

    Review by Marjane Ambler

    Henry Boucha has been an inspiration for American Indian youth for the past 30 years.

  • Nunavut Territory, Canada CD ROM Curriculum

    Produced by Central Arctic Services Ltd.
    March 2000

    Reviewed by Lori Colomeda, Ph.D.

    On April 1st,

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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