The founding president of Bay Mills Community College, Dr. Martha McLeod, shares her thoughts on developing Native American leaders. McLeod’s doctoral dissertation was focused on designing a leadership development program for BMCC.
Lester “Jack” Briggs was a builder. He was a builder of lives; he was a builder of relationships, and, perhaps most importantly, he was a builder of bridges. In 1987, he was asked to help build a new tribal college for his home reservation.
An AIHEC advisor writes about the positive changes sweeping through tribal college students who are shown the respect they deserve.
Politics is a human endeavor and while the problems of tribal colleges pale in comparison to many other political entities, tribal colleges do suffer from the same problems that other organizations and colleges suffer from, but they also deal with special problems caused by a unique history of oppression and some of the worst socio-economic conditions in America.
About 20 years ago, I was visiting the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people on the Fort Berthold Reservation when someone showed me a copy of the Bismarck Tribune.
Seeking a quieter life and smaller community in which to raise their children, Dan Kinsey and his wife, Mildred, returned to his home reservation in Montana and Fort Belknap College, where “tribal college fever” spread to his wife and children.
Jack Fiddler recalls the struggle to create TMCC: “We were always having to ask for permission to do anything,” he explained. “So when we went to [the BIA] about starting a college, mainly, they didn’t want anything to do with us. Clearly they weren’t going to do anything about it, so we just took the bull by the horns and ran with it!”
The following is the most comprehensive list of resources available for those interested in learning more about Native leadership as practice, study, or research. This resource guide will introduce readers to the breadth and scope of scholarship on leadership and the extent to which it is applicable to Indian communities or organizations.