CICD Events

Tribal Community Perspectives on Higher Education

Event Details

Center for Indian Country Development
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
September 26 and 27, 2017

Event Description

A research, data, and experience-driven discussion of how higher education serves tribal communities and their students, and opportunities to enhance the benefits that post-secondary institutions provide to tribal communities and students.

Featured presenters include:

  • President Neel Kashkari, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • President Carrie Billy, American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  • President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University
  • Dean Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Chris Meyer, Coeur d'Alene Department of Education

A college degree is associated with significant income gains for all workers, including American Indians and Alaska Natives. However, among American Indians and Alaska Natives rates of college attendance and completion are far below the national average. Even those who complete college typically earn less than their non-Native peers. Public university research and technical assistance programs may also struggle to appropriately meet the needs of tribal communities. Research and community-based evidence on these gaps and on promising solutions will be highlighted. Participants will identify opportunities for improvement, including specific research, data, and action plans for post-conference follow-up.

Event Agenda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

12:30 p.m.

Registration and box lunch

1:30 p.m.

Drum circle and traditional blessing, Ringing Shield Drum Singers

1:45 p.m.

Welcome

  • Patrice Kunesh, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Session I: A Data-Based Introduction to Tribal Communities and Higher Education
2:00 p.m.

General college data sources and what they can tell us about Indian Country students and the institutions that serve them and their communities

  • Chris Stoddard, Montana State University
2:40 p.m.

What tribal, tribal college, and other more specialized qualitative and quantitative data source can tell us

  • David Sanders, American Indian College Fund
  • Katherine Page, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
3:30 p.m.

Break

4:00 p.m.

Discussion of What the Data Tell Us and How to Get Better Data for the Future

  • Randall Akee, UCLA
5:00 p.m.

“Monsters and Weapons: Navajo Students' Stories on Their Journeys to College”

  • Amanda Tachine, Arizona State Univ. (invited)
5:30 p.m.

Adjourn

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:30 a.m.

Registration and breakfast

8:15 a.m.

Welcome

  • Neel Kashkari, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Patrice Kunesh, Center for Indian Country Development
Session II: Perspectives on How Higher Education Serves Students from Tribal Communities
8:30 a.m.

Factors Affecting College Entry and Completion

  • Matt Makomenaw, American Indian College Fund
  • Carmen Lopez, College Horizons
9:30 a.m.

Evidence about Student Experiences After Graduation

  • Richard Todd, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
10:00 a.m.

Break

10:15 a.m.

College-Community Collaboration Case Study

  • Chris Meyer and Shawna Daniels, Dept. of Education, Coeur d’Alene Tribe
  • Barbara Aston, Washington State University
  • Yolanda Bisbee, University of Idaho
11:00 a.m.

Discussion of Improving How Higher Education Serves Students from Tribal Communities

  • TBD
12:00 p.m.

Lunch

Session III: Perspectives on How Higher Education Serves Tribal Communities
1:30 p.m.

Panel: Tribal communities and tribal colleges—the nature of successful relationships

  • Carrie Billy, AIHEC
  • Karen Diver, College of St. Scholastica
2:15 p.m.

Panel: Public institutions’ role in supporting tribal students, including their learning at TCUs

  • Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas
  • Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University
3:00 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m.

Land grant research and extension activities that strengthen tribal communities

  • Janie Simms Hipp, University of Arkansas
  • Zach Ducheneaux, Intertribal Agricultural Council
4:00 p.m.

Discussion of Improving How Higher Education Serves Tribal Communities

  • Bryan Brayboy, Arizona State University
4:45 p.m.

Conference summary and plans for following up on what we’ve learned

  • Patrice Kunesh, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
5:15 p.m.

Adjourn


Contact Information

For inquiries, please send an email to cicd@mpls.frb.org

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