• 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.
  • Crossing Cultures Study abroad programs build connections between tribal college students and the international indigenous community
  • Riding the J-Curve The exponential growth of science programs at United Tribes Technical College through fifteen years of NSF support

Field Notes

  • Coronavirus Updates The latest news related to COVID-19 responses at tribal colleges and within Native communities: Tribal colleges to receive $20 million in immediate emergency aid as part of CARES Act. Navajo Nation reports 71 cases as the virus reaches across Indian Country. Tribal colleges begin online instruction. (Updated March 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.