Your Heroes Are Not Our Heroes

Volume 14, No. 3 – Spring 2003


  • Faces Behind The Tribal College Movement

    TCJ continues its series of tributes to the faces behind the tribal college movement. This issue: Phil Baird, Gail Bruce, Lionel Bourdeaux, Carol Davis, Dr. Perry Horse and Phyllis Howard.

  • History Comes Alive at Tribal Colleges

    All across tribal colleges teachers offer a broader view of history that embraces non-Western sensibilities and interpretations and includes students’ own tribal histories and place-based knowledge.

  • Of Horses and Men: Superintendent Asbury’s Deadly Assault on the Crow

    When the Office of Indian Affairs sent Superintendent Calvin Asbury to the Crow Indian Reservation in 1919, he settled in like the bone-chilling winds of that Montana winter, slowly dripping the toxic waste of human oppression onto Crow culture. The Crow Tribe remains forever affected by this zealot who deprived them of their personal freedoms and wealth while expanding his own political power.

  • Setting the Record Straight: A Salish Account

    There may be no better way of correcting historical inaccuracies and misunderstandings of early Indian-white relations than to involve community people in recreating that history. That is exactly what Johnny Arlee (Salish) accomplished last summer and fall when he wrote and directed a Lewis and Clark pageant.

  • Bicentennial Offers Opportunities for Tourism and Good Will

    Two hundred years ago, the Lewis and Clark expedition encountered the Lakota, Dakota, Arikara, Mandan, and Hidatsa in what is now South Dakota and North Dakota. Today these tribes are preparing for tourists who will visit some of the same sites as the explorers. This time, they won’t be at the shore of the Missouri River handing out food and directions. Instead, Native people will be taking a lead role in interpreting and making history.

  • Beyond “Discovery”: Lewis & Clark from an Indigenous Perspective

    The imminent Corps of Discovery bicentennial observances offer an excellent opportunity for us indigenous people to learn about non-indigenous people and for them to learn about us as a contemporary presence. After more than 500 years, both groups still have a lot to learn about each other.



  • Jerry Slater: A Personal Tribute

    Jerry Slater helped found Salish Kootenai College in 1977 and for over 25 years was instrumental in its becoming one of the top ranking tribal colleges of the nation. The college grew from a branch of a community college to an independent college and eventually achieved accreditation in four-year programs. Mary Tevebaugh offers a remembrance of Slater who passed away October 7, 2002.

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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