Features

  • Small Grants, Big Impact The National Science Foundation’s Small Grants for Research program promotes faculty recruitment and retention within tribal colleges, while also strengthening undergraduate teaching.
  • Building Better Research Relationships Scholars from mainstream institutions too often see Native peoples simply as a source of data. A recent webinar outlined the problem and offered strategies for researchers who work with indigenous communities.
  • Being a Good Ancestor Native communities must become leaders in the fight against climate change. “I see this as a crisis,” said Winona LaDuke in an address to the National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Change conference.
  • Listen First Salish Kootenai College’s new Indigenous Research Center draws on the expertise of Native scholars nationwide.

Field Notes

  • Building Connections Most tribal college IT departments are understaffed and rely on outdated equipment. However, there are cost effective ways to overcome cyberinfrastructure limitations, according to a recently completed study.
  • Printing Protection Two tribal colleges are using their 3D printers to manufacture protective face masks for local health workers.
  • Coronavirus Updates The latest news related to COVID-19 responses at tribal colleges and within Native communities: Colleges celebrate graduations online; number of cases on Navajo Nation exceed 6,000; colleges maintain online instruction though summer [Updated June 9]
  • Tribal Colleges Prepare for the Coronavirus Multiple colleges are now restricting travel. Northwest Indian College closed for a day of staff training. Conferences are canceled as concern grows. [Story updated March 13]

Student Research

Native Science Report’s 2019-2020 Student Research Showcase is featuring the work of five undergraduate students from tribal and Native-serving colleges.

Special Reports

Voices of Language

Voices of Language is a series of reports published by Native Science Report examining how Native communities in North America are working to sustain and revitalize their threatened indigenous languages.