Features

  • Plants as Partners Students at the College of the Muscogee Nation in Oklahoma are using plants to remove heavy metals from wetlands contaminated by oil drilling and other industries.
  • Gardens That Build Community Little Priest Tribal College student Trey Blackhawk is showing his community that they can grow their own food in a way that benefits the land and themselves.
  • Just Good Business In a state where oil is king, North Dakota’s tribal colleges are putting their bets on renewable energy.
  • Gathering Fuel for the Fire Jasmine Neosh missed the occupation of Standing Rock in 2016, but it inspired her to go to college. Now graduating with a degree in public administration from the College of Menominee Nation, she’s already deep in the fight for environmental justice.

Field Notes

  • Treated Without a Trial Native Americans are almost entirely excluded from cancer clinical trials, according to research conducted by three Dine College students.
  • New Beginnings on Ancestral Land Inspired by South Dakota State University’s Wokini Initiative and supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s New Beginnings grant program, mainstream land-grant universities are pledging to do more for Native students.
  • NSF-TCUP Releases New Program Solicitation The National Science Foundation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program announced new funding for projects that strengthen cyberinfrastructure, build partnerships, and support professional development for K-12 STEM teachers.
  • The Story of Education Dr. Costello Brown worked to advance educational opportunity for minorities during his long tenure at the National Science Foundation. In a new memoir, he writes about his family’s experiences with slavery and the importance of education in his own life.
  • Cal State Water Conference Features Tribal College Aaniiih Nakoda College’s Water Center was highlighted at the California State University’s 12th Annual Water Resources and Policy Initiatives Conference. Leaders from both institutions are looking to forge a partnership.

Student Research

Native Science Report’s 2020-2021 Student Research Showcase is featuring the work of five undergraduate students from tribal and Native-serving colleges.

People

  • Gardens That Build Community Little Priest Tribal College student Trey Blackhawk is showing his community that they can grow their own food in a way that benefits the land and themselves.
  • Gathering Fuel for the Fire Jasmine Neosh missed the occupation of Standing Rock in 2016, but it inspired her to go to college. Now graduating with a degree in public administration from the College of Menominee Nation, she’s already deep in the fight for environmental justice.
  • Strength in Numbers Data is power, argues Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College President Twyla Baker.