Field Notes

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.

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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.

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Leading the Way

Out of necessity, tribes became leaders in the battle against Covid-19. A recent conference, hosted by Dine College, investigated what the nation can learn from their work.

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Safety First

Settling in for the long haul, tribal colleges are rearranging academic calendars, loaning laptops, installing Plexiglas, offering tuition discounts, and hosting virtual social events as Covid-19 maintains its grip on reservations nationwide.

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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Most tribal college IT departments are understaffed and rely on outdated equipment.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.

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