• The Dakota Language Lives An ambitious program at Sisseton Wahpeton College is working to “vitalize” the Dakota language on the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota, creating a renewed sense of excitement and optimism.
  • Growing Sovereignty The Native American Agriculture Fund is promoting food production in Indian Country after decades of discrimination by the USDA. Applications for the second round of grants due June 1.
  • A Foot in the Door Currently, only mainstream land grant universities are eligible for funding through the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program, which supports Cooperative Extension programs on reservations. New legislation will finally allow tribal colleges to compete. It’s a step in the right direction, Native educators say.
  • Honoring Sacred Waters Northwest Indian College student Althea Wilson found her path to science by investigating the cultural significance of the Nooksack River. Her capstone project can be viewed here.

Field Notes

  • 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: Some colleges cautiously reopen campuses; number of cases on Navajo Nation approach 5,000 as Navajo Tech mourns loss of a celebrated instructor; reservations and states clash over responses [Updated May 27]
  • 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]
  • Building Pathways to STEM On the journey from college to career, Native students need “support, support, support,” argues a new report released by the University of Hawaii.
  • Ready for Work Tribal colleges prepare students for STEM jobs that strengthen Native nations, argues a new video produced by the National Science Foundation

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.