ON THE COVER
Ron His Horse Is Thunder (Hunkpapa
Lakota), the great-great-grandson of Sitting Bull, is filling a major
position in today’s battle lines involving the future of Native culture
and life as president of Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North
Dakota on the Standing Rock Reservation. Photo by Gwendolen Cates.
Special Section: Tribal Colleges
of the keys to building sustainable Indian communities and cultures is
a self-directed, well-supported and sophisticated system of higher
education—something that has been sorely lacking until now. Join us as
we survey the rapid sophistication in schools of higher education aimed
at and guided by Natives and tribal governments.
Building Native Communities
An overview of the tribal college movement—when, why and how it got started, and where it’s headed. By Paul Boyer.
Sisseton Wahpeton College, South Dakota; Chris Martinez (Assiniboine
Sioux), a notable student; Danny Lopez (Tohono O’odham), teaching by
example; and Karen Swisher (Sioux), an outstanding administrator. By
Tina Deschenie (Diné/Hopi).
Tribal Colleges Directory
Details on all 35 schools in the tribal college system, including
contact information, year founded, degrees/certificates offered,
tuition, enrollment and interesting facts. By Debra Utacia Krol
The ways in which families observe the Christmas season speak volumes
about their values, joys and troubles, as our authors recall. By Joseph
Bruchac (Abenaki), William S. Penn (Nez Perce) and Evelina Zuni Lucero
(Isleta Pueblo). Illustrations by Douglas Miles (San Carlos
Holiday Gift Guide
Our annual ideas on unusual and fine gifts made by Native artists and craftspeople.
On the Wind
Nora Naranjo-Morse’s new monumental sculpture installation. Plus, other
important news in the arts, education, the environment, business,
politics, sports, health and other realms of life in Indian Country. By
We go west to Los Angeles and the Southwest Museum for its annual
Intertribal Marketplace featuring more than 100 fine artists, and then
cross town to its sister institution, the Museum of the American West,
for its presentation of three new theatrical works in its exciting
Native Voices program. Plus, details on other special events of Native
interest across North America. By Daniel Gibson.
Spirit of the Harvest
Chef Arlie Doxtator (Oneida) of the Green Bay, Wisconsin area mixes
tradition with innovation as the basis for his budding catering and
food consulting business. Here he dishes up some tasty Three Sisters
Relish and a mean Pumpkin Crème Brûlée. By Beverly Cox and Martin
Kateri Tekakwitha (1656–1680) was born a Mohawk but died, many feel,
literally a saint. We follow the outlines of her remarkable life and
the ongoing effort to see her officially declared the first Native
saint from the United States or Canada. By PaulaAnne SharkeyLemire.
We set the artistic kettle to simmer with a sampling of the wood and
stone carvings, serigraphs, bentwood boxes, drums and other traditional
and contemporary works found at Arctic Raven Gallery in Friday Harbor,
Washington. Also, brief looks at other Native-oriented galleries
throughout the continent. By Russ Tall Chief (Osage).
Our focus this issue is the exhibition Navajo Weaving: 19th-Century
Blankets, 20th-Century Rugs, 21st-Century Views now showing at the
Arizona State Museum at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Also,
previews of other shows at major museums coast to coast. By Wendy
Follow our picks of some of the best recent picture books, large art
books and books for children—perfect for holiday gifts. By Deborah
Utacia Krol (Salinan/Esselen).
Joe Gonzales, a.k.a. Thunderhand Joe (Mescalero Apache), and the
Medicine Show are shakin’ up California with their old-fashioned rock
’n’ roll and recently released their first CD. We also take a listen to
new releases by Bill Perry (Raw Deal), Robert Richmond (Sour Milk Moon) and Bill Miller (Spirit Songs: The Best of Bill Miller). By j. poet.