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ERIC Number: EJ834088
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Cross Country, Rodeo, Archery: Navajo Athletic Programs Give Students Running Start
Johnson, Natasha Kaye
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v20 n3 p22-26 Spr 2009
While tribal college athletic programs were not designed to market the colleges, there is no denying they have generated positive attention and have perhaps even helped to highlight the colleges' purpose. Dine College and Navajo Technical College are among a handful of tribal colleges who have made athletic programs a priority. They have since witnessed the positive impact on their students' overall success and in the process, have been able to tout the colleges' achievements to the general public. Mainstream 4-year colleges clearly have advantages over the chronically under-funded tribal colleges in athletics, such as state-of-the-art facilities and financial backing, but tribal colleges are making strides in building strong athletic programs. The cost of facilities and travel prevents a number of tribal colleges from participating in intercollegiate sports. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) was established in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1971 and has an enrollment of 900 students annually. While it has had athletic programs in the past, it has not been able to establish a permanent intercollegiate athletic program. As SIPI and other tribal colleges try to build athletic programs, the strong tribal college athletic programs may help pave the way for them. This article highlights the successes of the nationally recognized Navajo Technical College and Dine College cross country, rodeo, and archery teams.
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: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Mexico