Students from Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College and Navajo Technical University Win TCJ Art and Film Contests

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Elizabeth Trasky of SCTC (left) and Felicia Chischilly of NTU won the TCJ Student cover art and film contests, respectively.

Tribal College Journal has announced the winners of its 2017 TCJ Student art and film contests. Elizabeth Trasky of Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) won the journal’s cover art contest with her painting “Vitae.” Felicia Chischilly of Navajo Technical University (NTU) took top honors for best film of the year with “Rabbit and Coyote, The Moon.”

TCJ’s publisher, Rachael Marchbanks, lauded the students and the creative energy at tribal colleges. “The TCJ Student art and film contest is one way to recognize the amazing talent coming out of the tribal colleges,” she says. “The students are doing great work and we would like to help them receive national recognition and reward them for their hard work.”

As usual, the cover art contest had an array of top-notch submissions. The contest is open to all mediums of two-dimensional art, including photography, painting, mixed-media, drawing, and weaving. “Thanks to all the students who entered the contest,” says Bradley Shreve, editor of Tribal College Journal. “And hats off to Liz Trasky and SCTC. Although it is a smaller TCU, they really stormed both our cover art and creative writing contests this year.” The journal will feature Trasky’s piece and an array of these artworks in the fall issue of TCJ Student, which will hit mailboxes in late August. A wider selection will be available for viewing at, the journal’s student website.

Over a dozen tribal college students submitted films this year, making the contest competitive as usual. “We had some great films this year,” says Shreve. “But in the end Felicia Chischilly’s film really stood out—truly a remarkable piece of artistry and testament to the creative talent of Navajo Tech students who have now won our contest two years in a row.”

Elizabeth Trasky is an art student at SCTC and is also vice president of the student senate as well as an active member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Felicia Chischilly is Navajo and is working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science degree at NTU.

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