Announcements

Community Education Workshops

Little Priest Tribal College, with the KIVA Institute, is offering a series of training sessions that will be of interest to TCU presidents, faculty and staff; tribal organizations; and tribes. Topic include: Nov. 28-29: Tribal Council and Board Member Roles & Responsibilities; and Nov. 30: Robert’s Rules of Order. The trainings will be held at the WinnaVegas Casino/Resort in Sloan, Iowa. Information; Workshop Information; Registration Form

TCU Leader for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship

Help develop the next generation of transformational community college presidents by nominating an exceptional individual for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The fellowship is a year-long, intensive experience that includes collaboration with national leaders during residential seminars and in structured mentoring and applied learning projects. Applications must be completed by December 15, 2017. Please contact Cindy Lopez for additional information. The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program

TCU Campus Cyberinfrastructure Study

AIHEC, in partnership with Navajo Technical University and EDUCAUSE, is funded by NSF to review the technology infrastructure of all 36 tribal colleges. Nationally recognized experts in information technology systems will work with the TCU presidents, designated information technology faculty and staff, and campus community to identify the human and physical resources necessary to take full advantage of current technologies to support (and strengthen) their education and research programs. Announcement

Behavioral Health Professional Development Opportunity

AIHEC is inviting applications from TCU faculty and staff in the field of behavioral health as part of our effort to develop and support TCU behavioral health research and education programs. Funding is available to attend conferences and workshops, or to help with expenses associated with a behavioral health graduate program. It is also possible to receive funding to bring in a trainer to put on a behavioral health workshop for interested faculty and staff (and community members). Please contact Deborah His Horse is Thunder if you have any questions about this opportunity. Information

TVR Institute at NWIC

Funded by a five-year capacity-building grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Education in 2015, Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR) Institute operates through a partnership between Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University, both located in Bellingham, Washington. The TVR Institute has developed seven courses intended to provide a structured and culturally-relevant program of training in foundational VR knowledge and skills to current and potential TVR staff. Courses are three credits and can be taken for college credit or CEU. Classes are offered quarterly and are delivered primarily online.Information

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Labatory (ORNL)

Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL provides research opportunities and associated activities for undergraduates, entering freshmen, recent associate’s or bachelor’s graduates, graduate students, thesis or dissertation research, and faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the laboratory mission. To learn more, select the academic level on the ORNL website that most closely corresponds to your highest level achieved, and to find suggested deadlines for appointment periods.

AmeriCorps VISTAs & Tribal Resilience

AIHEC is seeking Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs) to host full-time, college-educated, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) through the TCU VISTA Program. VISTAs can help provide capacity for community-driven projects that address pressing local climate change concerns. Announcement

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) Community of Practice

Join the virtual TCU Community of Practice group (CoPs) or the Minority-Serving Community Colleges group and connect with other TCUs and community colleges, access support and resources for serving your student populations, and learn more about federal programs and funding opportunities, particularly in career, technical, and adult education. Over the next year, AIHEC is pleased to work with OCTAE, and the U.S. Department of Education to sponsor technical assistance for the CoPs through the LINCS Community website. LINCS groups will participate in expert- and peer- led events, such as webinars and facilitated discussions, designed to address topics of interest for TCU and other MSI community colleges. To participate, create a LINCS account and join the TCU and/or Minority-Serving Community Colleges group. For more information or assistance, please contact lrasmussen@rti.org.

Sign Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault's Moveon.org Petition

Sign your name to this petition, which now has more than 365,000 signatures. Chairman Archambault says: The pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites, and our water. Now, thousands of American Indians, from more than 300 tribes spanning the continent, have joined with us to stand against this violation of our tribe's rights under federal laws and regulations. More than 20 city and county governments have also joined us to stand in opposition to this pipeline. President Obama must reject the pipeline's permit outright. Current and future generations depend on our rivers and aquifer to live. The Dakota Access pipeline jeopardizes the health of our water and could affect our people, as well as countless communities who live downstream, as the pipeline would cross four states...We demand to be heard, and we will continue to stand together for our nation and for all who live with and by the Missouri River, until justice is done. That's why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama, which says: "Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline pipeline and declare this land a cultural district, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to ensure its protection." Will you sign the petition too? Sign and spread the word throughout your TCU and community

Manager as Warrior

This book, written by Tom Allen, shows how modern management on Lakota reservations do not have to forgo the traditional Lakota values for managers to be successful. Published by Sinte Gleska University Press in 1993, this book is no longer printed. If you would like to obtain a copy of this informative book, please contact Tom Allen.

Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives

National Institute of Justice published the latest research report examining the prevalence of intimate partner and sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Using a nationally representative sample from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, the report provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence on the victims. Director's Corner: Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU)

AIHEC strongly encourages all TCUs to become members of the (CESU) National Network. Through the CESU network TCUs can connect with national research, technical assistance, and education resources, including federal environmental and land management agencies such as the BLM and the BIA. Not only does the CESU network provide its members access to expertise in biological, social, physical, and engineering disciplines needed to address issues such as climate change, sustainable resource management and food sovereignty, the cooperative agreement that all CESU members participate in provides a funding mechanism for federal CESU partners to work with non-federal members such as TCUs. CESU agreements allow each of the participating federal agencies to efficiently transfer funds and station employees at university partners. This will be of particular interest to TCUs working with their tribes on climate resilience projects and requesting funding from the BIA Climate Office. There is no cost for non-federal partners to join the CESU network. Please contact Al Kuslikis if you have any questions.

Native One-Stop

Benefits.gov, the official benefits website of the United States, launched a portal of resources for Native American, Alaskan Native, and tribal populations. The portal, Native One-Stop, provides information about the services that are available from the U.S. Government. Native One-Stop conveniently houses any service that these populations may need with topics ranging from assistance for populations with severe disabilities to congressional internships for Native Americans. Native One-Stop

USDA: Microloans & Rural Youth Loan Program

The new Farm Bill offers opportunities to expand opportunities to limited resource, underserved, new and beginning farmers. Please view both the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov and the New Farmers website which is filled with great information for all of USDA: https://newfarmers.usda.gov/.

Social Security Administration released a Dear Tribal Leader

The Social Security Administration released a Dear Tribal Leader letter to each of the 565 federally recognized tribes informing them about the enhancements and updates to their American Indian and Alaska Natives website, www.socialecurity.gov/aian. Additionally, Social Security created a special poster to honor and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.