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Meeting the Need for Higher Education and Professional Development

Native Nations Institute and the Indigenous Governance Program presented a panel at TENWEST 2019 in Tucson called “Meeting the Need for Higher Education & Professional Development.” The panelists presented a case study on how the Indigenous Governance Program (and a proposed School of…

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Rosebud Sioux Tribal Education Department and Code

Rosebud Sioux Tribal Education Department and Code

Responding to disproportionately low academic attendance, achievement, and attainment levels, the Tribe created an education department (TED) in 1990 and developed a Code that regulates and coordinates various aspects of the tribal schools, public schools, and federally-funded Indian education…

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Hopi Child Care Program

Hopi Child Care Program

The Hopi Child Care Program assists families in accessing quality care for children of parents pursuing education and those with work demands that keep them away from home. Understanding the importance of early childhood development coupled with the need for culturally appropriate care, Hopi…

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Hopi Education Endowment Fund

Hopi Education Endowment Fund

In a pursuit to ensure growth, protect assets, and meet the present and future educational needs of the Hopi Tribe, an ordinance establishing the Hopi Education Endowment Fund was approved. Taking advantage of IRS Code Section 7871 allows for tax deductible contributions made to the Tribe to…

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Hopi Jr./Sr. High: Two Plus Two Plus Two

Hopi Jr./Sr. High: Two Plus Two Plus Two

Developed in 1997, the Two Plus Two Plus Two college transition program is a partnership between Hopi Junior/Senior High School, Northland Pioneer College, and Northern Arizona University. The program recruits junior and senior high school students to enroll in classes (including distance learning…

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Navajo Nation Archaeology Department Training Programs

Navajo Nation Archaeology Department Training Programs

The Navajo Nation Archaeology Department was created in 1977 to facilitate historic preservation on Navajo Nation lands as mandated by both US and tribal government legislation. In 1988 and again in 1993, the Department expanded to include training programs, undertaken in partnership with Northern…

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Cherokee Nation History Course

Cherokee Nation History Course

Launched in 2000, the Cherokee Nation History Course is a free, 40-hour, college-level study offered to 1,800 tribal employees and members of Cherokee communities. Through lectures, discussions, case exercises, and role-playing, the course teaches Cherokee history, culture, and government to both…

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Peterson Zah: Native Nation Building: The Place of Education

Dr. Peterson Zah, former Chairman and President of the Navajo Nation, discusses the importance of higher education in empowering Native nations' efforts to achieve their nation-building goals. He also discusses the Navajo Nation Permanent Trust Fund as an example of the strategic orientation that…

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LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III and Adam Geisler: What I Wish I Knew Before I Took Office (Q&A)

Leroy Staples Fairbanks III and Adam Geisler field questions from the audience about the role of education in nation building. The discussion focuses on the importance of Native people being grounded in their culture and language, and where and how that education can and should take place.

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Honoring Nations: Glenn Gilman: Two Plus Two Plus Two Program

Hopi Junior/Senior High School Principal Glenn Gilman provides an overview of the school's award-winning Two Plus Two Plus Two program, which has built an extraordinary track record of academic achievement and college preparedness among its Hopi students. 

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Greg Cajete: Indigenous Paradigm: Building Sustainable Communities

Greg Cajete, Director of Native American Studies at the University of Mexico, shares his more than three decades of work and research on Indigenous epistemologies for human and ecological sustainability, and discusses the need for scholars, academic institutions and others to fully embrace these…

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The Morongo Learning Center Tutoring Program

This video, produced by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, explains why the Morongo Learning Center Tutoring Program is a major reason the high school graduation rate of Morongo students is now at approximately ninety percent, the highest in the Band's history.

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Honoring Nations: LuAnn Leonard: The Hopi Education Endowment Fund

Hopi Education Endowment Fund Executive Director LuAnn Leonard (Hopi/Tohono O'odham) speaks about the purpose and growth of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and how the initiative has inspired those HEEF serves to answer the question: What does it mean to be a Hopi?

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Challenges and Solutions to Keeping the Lakota Language Alive

Challenges and Solutions to Keeping the Lakota Language Alive

“There is more to an immersion school than simply bringing in elders and having them teach the chidren,” said Sunshine Carlow, education manager of Lakȟól’iyapi Wahóȟpifor, the Lakota Nest Immersion School on the Standing Rock Reservation in South Dakota...

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Glimmers of hope on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Glimmers of hope on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has become emblematic of rural poverty, neglect and the plight of struggling American Indians. But across the reservation, there are glimmers of hope and resistance against the monumental challenges the Lakota people face. In the case of Alice Phelps and the…

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Indian Education Must Support Dual Citizenship, Nation-building

Indian Education Must Support Dual Citizenship, Nation-building

In contemporary nation states education is a key institution for the socialization and creation of citizens. Schools are designed to provide common rules of civic understanding and responsibilities. Students are taught to understand the history, goals, and functioning of government. In many ways,…

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Charles E. Odegaard Award 2014: Denny Hurtado

Denny Hurtado, former chair of the Skokomish Tribe and retired director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the 2014 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. This honor is regarded as the highest achievement…

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Peterson Zah: Finally We Are Growing Our Own

Recorded on March 25, 2010, in this lecture Dr. Peterson Zah discusses the history of Native American education, Navajo education, and his involvement recruiting Native American students to attend college. He also stresses the importance of higher education to the success of Native nations' efforts…

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The Rez We Live On - Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead Indian Reservation

The Rez We Live On

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes produced this series of online videos in an effort to dispel untruths about life on the Flathead reservation in Montana. Consisting of 10 short, graphically based videos on topics ranging from Sovereignty to Taxes, "The Rez We Live On" site is geared…

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Higher Education & Workforce Development: Leveraging Tribal Investments to Advance Community Goals

Higher Education & Workforce Development: Leveraging Tribal Investments to Advance Community Goals

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center’s 2010 Tribal Research Priorities Survey reported that education and economic development are top research priorities for tribes. Respondents noted their interest in research and resources regarding how to: (1) create jobs…