Did you know there are more than 30 'tribal colleges' in the United States today? Tribal colleges are institutions of higher learning set up specifically for Native American students. It is an important resource, and cultural tradition, that is sacred to many people.
Although these colleges often thrive, one in particular is struggling: DQ University, California's only tribal college. Is there anything that can be done? And should supporters stop at nothing to help?
Like most tribal colleges, DQ is set up as a 2-year institution, part community college basic curriculum, part cultural education. According to Susan Reese, a former board member, "Our responsibility is more than to just educate them." She says the goal of all tribal schools is to provide a transition from the Native American community into mainstream college life. "We want them to continue on the red road and we don't want them to forget who they are." Reese adds the hope is that students will "return to their communities whole and complete and serve as an example of those who will come after them."
(Image Source: DQ University)
Did you enjoy this article?