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ERIC Number: EJ1064191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
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Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Tribal Colleges: The Original Extreme Makeover Experts
Powless, Donna
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v26 n4 May 2015
In this article, the author states "our experience with education is a prime example in proving we are experts at problem-solving and are the originators of the extreme makeover." Educational institutions were introduced to the Native people in an outrageous manner--often as a mask for assimilating American Indians, routinely resulting in alienation. Then Native students gained admission to mainstream universities. Some flourished, however, far too many failed or self-selected out because they did not fit in. Others were ill-prepared or missed families and a sense of support. Many rejected curricula that did not speak to their experiences and values. To solve these problems, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) were created. Tribally-governed learning centers provided the science, technology, disciplinary learning, and professional studies these students need to participate fully in modern life. The significant difference is that TCUs also offer these students confidence in who they are as tribal people and what their tribes truly represent. As TCUs are practicing self-determination in their approach to higher learning, they are simultaneously considering their fit within the national accreditation process. A highlight of the TCU colleges is the program at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) where this author serves on the faculty.
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; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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