A cadre of tribal college presidents, faculty, and staff visited Aotearoa, New Zealand, the home of the Maori, touring their educational facilities, including K-13 language immersion schools and Maori-controlled colleges. Janine Pease-Pretty on Top recounts the experience and describes coming away with a new understanding of what it means to be “indigenous.”
In a “first” for Haskell Indian Nation University, a delegation of faculty and students took part in a science and cultural exchange between Haskell and Gorno Altaisk State University in Siberia. The focus of the trip was sharing ideas and knowledge about testing drinking water quality and the goal was to produce a manual on the topic to be published in Altai, Russian, and English.
MeChelle Crazy Thunder’s voice cracked with emotion when she accepted her Student of the Year award. “When I went to school in Rapid City, they told us we wouldn’t amount to anything,” she told her fellow students at the American Indian College Fund reception March 27.
Three law students at Arizona State University credit their tribal college experiences for giving them the support, confidence, and skills to pursue higher goals.