Monthly Archives: April 2012

New Pell Grant Policy to Hurt Non-traditional Native Students

Many non-traditional students reenter college many years after a first unsuccessful try at higher education. They may have been unsuccessful due to poor study skills; poor preparation for college due to ineffective high schools; lack of discipline; lack of financial or family support; or a combination of several factors. When faced with low-wage jobs, many [...]

AIHEC Student Conference Honors the Drum

It is always great to get out and meet our students. At the 31st annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, we had that chance. Native students gather to participate in competitions and celebrate the work they do at the tribal colleges as they pursue a college education [...]

Technology Helps Youngsters With Native Language

You don’t have to wait until you are attending a tribal college to learn a Native language. There are now applications for mobile phones for learning Lakota and Navajo from tinkR; Labs. Navajo Toddler was released last year, and teaches children the words for animals, colors, and phrases. This year the company is preparing to [...]

Native students CAN fight diabetes

Many Native students are entering health care fields to stem the tide of diabetes that is engulfing Indian Country. However, you don’t have to give in to the thought that diabetes is inevitable just because you are Native. Sure, it’s important for Indian Country to have trained health care workers to treat those who already [...]