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ERIC Number: EJ1063826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
On a Dream and a Prayer: The Promise of World Indigenous Higher Education
Shreve, Bradley
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v26 n3 p18-22 Spr 2015
Today, Indigenous peoples worldwide are coming together to assert greater self-determination in higher education. The movement is built on shared experiences and underscores the importance of Indigenous ways of knowing. This article describes the ventures taken in pursuit of ensuring the future of higher education for Indigenous peoples. On behalf of the World Indigenous Nations University (WINU), Dr. Elmer Guy--president of Navajo Technical University (NTU); Raymond Redhorse--a Navajo medicine man; and Carrie Billy--president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), conferred Ph.D. degrees on four Indigenous scholars from Australia. This ceremony, held at NTU in Crownpoint, New Mexico, signaled a new era in higher education where Indigenous peoples assume control of their own curricula, develop their own institutions, and establish their own criteria for legitimacy. WINU is a nascent institution with an uncertain future which faces many obstacles, lacks funding, and has a plethora of logistics and structural issues to work out. However, it exists on its own terms. WINU was established by Indigenous educational leaders from around the world to meet the needs of First Peoples who have been marginalized, excluded, and forcibly assimilated by Western institutions of higher learning; it is a bold new experiment and the culmination of many years of planning, meeting, networking, and talking. This new movement is the product of globalization, new technologies in communication, and the emergence of a shared Indigenous consciousness among peoples the world over. Like AIHEC and the tribal colleges and universities of North America, it was founded on a prayer, with the knowledge of the elders and respect for the Earth at its core. Some may call the movement for global Indigenous higher education an unproven experiment or merely a dream, while others may question its legitimacy. If the resiliency of Indigenous peoples throughout history is any indication, the movement will persevere, and with a prayer, flourish for future generations.
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328. Tel: 888-899-6693; Fax: 970-533-9145; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada; New Mexico; New York