Paul Boyer’s book on the early years of the tribal college movement in the United States has been named one of the American Library Association’s Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic Books of the Year for 2016. Boyer’s oral history, titled Capturing Education: Envisioning and Building the First Tribal Colleges, was published by the Salish Kootenai College Press and is distributed through the University of Nebraska Press.
Capturing Education tells the story of the founding and early struggles of the tribal colleges through interviews with Carty Monette (Turtle Mountain Community College), Jim Shanley (Fort Peck Community College), David Gipp (American Indian Higher Education Consortium and United Tribes Technical College), Janine Pease (Little Big Horn College), Joe McDonald (Salish Kootenai College), and Bob Roessel (Navajo Community College). The interviews in his book preserved the stories about the early years in the tribal colleges as they struggled for resources, academic recognition, and cultural relevance. The book was reviewed in the winter 2016 issue of Tribal College Journal.
Tribal colleges still face challenges in getting funding and meeting the educational and cultural needs of their students and tribal communities, but Boyer’s book shows readers how far the movement has come in the last 50 years.
Over the last 22 years the Salish Kootenai College Press has published about three dozen books about the history, culture, language, and affairs of the Salish and Kootenai people, and the Flathead Indian Reservation. They have been marketed off the reservation by partners such as the University of Nebraska Press.