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ERIC Number: EJ902723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5505
Power to the People: Tribal Activists Transform Communities
Talahongva, Patty
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, v22 n1 p14-19 Fall 2010
When everyone told them it couldn't be done, Joe McDonald, Ed.D., remembers how firmly tribal leaders stuck to their guns and helped draft federal legislation to fund the tribal college system. When her own husband questioned her efforts to get a college degree, Alvena Oldman ignored his cutting remarks and kept on taking classes. When people try to treat Indian students as victims and don't set high standards for them, Cheryl Crazy Bull objects and insists that they can achieve, regardless of their age or circumstances. And when one state university kicked him out for bad grades, Manley Begay, Jr., went back to his tribal college to seriously start his educational career. It led to a doctorate degree and to him being introduced these days as one of the most successful graduates of Navajo Community College (now known as Dine College). Each of these people exemplifies activism, defined in the dictionary as "the doctrine or practice of vigorous action or involvement as a means of achieving political or other goals." In this article McDonald, Oldman, Crazy Bull, and Begay share how they have transformed themselves through education and strive to transform their communities. When the first tribal colleges were created back in the late 1960s and '70s, they represented the fruition of a political goal but, equally important, a cultural goal. Ever since, Indian activism has been thriving at all of the tribal colleges. From the administrators to the students there are hundreds of stories of how people have taken "vigorous action as a means of achieving a goal."
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A