Presidential primaries often bring out the worst in American politics. Candidates’ messages are often rooted in the “us versus them” mentality, with presidential hopefuls trying to one up their competition by further slamming the opposing party.
Although popular culture perpetuates the myth that the exemplary generation of American Indians lived while the buffalo roamed freely, in my opinion it’s actually their grandchildren who’ve done the most to advance the cause of Indian people.
In his Great Vision, Black Elk spoke of immense difficulties that his people would face, but said they would find a new strength. Strong teacher education programs can help revitalize tribal communities.
There’s a teacher shortage in Indian Country, but Teach For America offers a venue for Native educators to give back to their tribal communities.
Linda Sue Warner (Comanche) understands teacher education and leadership at all levels. Launching her career as an elementary school teacher, she went on to teach high school English and serve as a principal.
One of the unwritten job requirements of a humanities faculty member at a tribal college or university (TCU) is the ability to readily offer media recommendations.