TCU Ripple Effect on their Communities

Every person has a ripple effect on their community. To illuminate the ripple effect of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), the AIHEC-StoryCorps project invited 18 people from two tribal colleges, Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, to share through storytelling the impact of TCUs on their lives. Each audio interview captured a pair of past, future, or current tribal college students or faculty sharing personal recollections or future hopes that revolved around their experience at the TCU. These recordings were recorded by StoryCorps, a national nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives.

Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College

Carla Sineway and Bethany Tarbell

Cordelia McDaniels and Irene Lopez-Casillas

Kathy Hart and Maureen Rueckert

Phil Medina and Dr. Mico Slattery

Steven Wassegijig and Rachel House

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Alanna Parker and Deborah Charley

Alicia Montoya and Wendi Cole

Jarred Lesansee and Allen Elwood

Leslie Tsosie and Brandon Bennett