• The Great Conundrum

    Today, oil presents a conundrum for Indian Country. Tribal colleges are poised to serve as the catalyst in the search for answers.

  • Frontiers and Perspectives

    Tribal colleges and universities are bastions where Indigenous peoples’ history can live and thrive.

  • Takin’ It to the Hill

    The success of the tribal college movement is critical to the sovereignty, self-determination, and well-being of Indian nations.

  • All Efforts Count

    As volunteers we can all make a difference—sometimes it’s just a matter of taking that first step.

  • The Medicine Way

    Tribal colleges and universities are developing new Native-centered healthcare and wellness programs for future generations.

  • Mending the Broken Hoop

    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.

  • Protecting Native Futures

    One only needs to look at the career of Menominee activist Ada Deer to see how an understanding of the law can have far-reaching ramifications. Quite simply, Indian Country needs more Indian lawyers.

  • The Unquantifiable Value of Tribal Colleges

    In November of last year, Sarah Butrymowicz of The Hechinger Report penned an article entitled, “Tribal colleges give poor return on more than $100 million a year in federal money,” in which she argues that tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have “abysmal success rates.” Butrymowicz based her assertions on a particular dataset which The Hechinger Report selectively analyzed using specific measures.

  • Culturally Relevant Governance

    Flares lit up the night sky so brightly that you could have read a book, while tracer bullets, followed by bursts of machine-gun fire, buzzed through the air like a swarm of angry hornets,

  • Thinking Globally

    By searching globally and acting in unison, Indigenous peoples can achieve impossible things.

  • Forging the Future

    While American Indian communities still experience economic underdevelopment and high unemployment, strides have been made. And tribal colleges and universities are playing an instrumental role in developing a workforce and paving the way to a brighter future.

  • Many Nations, One Movement

    The day was deceptively fair as the snowstorm crept up the eastern seaboard toward Washington. All of the weather forecasters were predicting a “snowpocalypse” that would force the nation’s capital to close down the following day.

  • Keepers of the Past, For the Future

    In the fall of 1967, Hopi Action News reported that hippies were invading Native communities throughout the Southwest. In direct contrast to the missionaries and assimilationists who preceded them,

  • Restoring the People’s Way of Life

    During the recent 40th anniversary celebration of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Sinte Gleska University president, Lionel Bordeaux (Lakota), stood before a crowded ballroom and recounted how back in the 1970s he and the other AIHEC founders regularly trekked to Washington,

  • Let Us Dream

    A few years back, when I served as chair of the social and behavioral sciences division at Diné College, we brought Sam English (Ojibwe) to campus to give a talk about his art and activism.

  • It Takes a Movement

    Carolyn Burgess Savage grew up in a one-room shack among the sugar cane fields of southern Louisiana. Her family of eight didn’t have any of the conveniences or consumer trappings that characterized postwar 1950s America.

  • Homeland Science

    Tribal college and university students’ ability and passion to study and preserve Native homelands and communities is not only unique- it’s inspirational. In this essay, outgoing managing editor Laura Paskus chronicles this passion which is evident throughout the tribal colleges. Also, she welcomes our new incoming editor, Dr. Bradley Shreve.

  • What Hope Looks Like

    With the publication of this issue, Tribal College Journal begins a year of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).

  • Stories from the Heart

    Even though the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in Rapid City, SD, was months ago, I’m still feeling energized by the enthusiasm students brought to the conference and awestruck at the dedication of AIHEC staff and tribal college presidents,

  • Student Power

    While spending time with tribal college presidents, staff, and students and staff of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium on Capitol Hill recently, I learned some sobering facts about tribal college funding.

  • Forging Ji-Mino-Bimaadiziwan (The good life for us all)

    Technology has changed the ways in which we work and live, even how we communicate with one another. The articles in this issue reinforce the importance of technology as a tool to preserve, restore, and protect culture. Students at tribal colleges nationwide are engaged in scientific research that benefits their homelands; restores their Native languages; and connects them in new ways with their elders, families, and tribal communities.

  • Curiosity Prevails Over Despair

    The signs of climate change hung heavy in the skies of New Mexico this summer. As flood waters overtook communities in North Dakota and Montana and tornadoes cut a swath across the South and Midwest,

  • Moving Toward Healing

    Writing about racism within this issue of Tribal College Journal, all of our writers share intensely personal stories. They do so not to give power to the pain and ugliness of racism but rather to take brave steps toward healing.

  • Retention Strategies Rely Upon Tradition, Innovation

    Within the pages of the summer issue of Tribal College Journal, our writers explore a daunting topic: the recruitment and retention of Native students at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

  • Sharing the Harvest, Sustaining the Community

    In this issue of Tribal College Journal, writers share stories of the foods that can heal and sustain the body, mind, and soul. They also show how many tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) are helping Native communities overcome challenges including obesity, diabetes, and drug or alcohol addiction while also restoring local food systems and nurturing local economies.

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

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