Understanding the issues in Indian country is essential to serving the students from our communities. Below are links to articles which describe some of these topics.

  • Native American/Indian/American Indian
  • Tribal Affiliation
  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Federal Recognition


Additional conferences which may be of interest.

  • College Board: Native American Student Advocacy Institute
  • American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
  • National Indian Education Association (NIEA)


  • Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education

Reading List from Our Members

This list has been put together by IPKC members to introduce you to the latest scholarship regarding native student success.

  • Dissertations - Native College Students (link: IPKC_StudentDissertations_Oct2008) Stephanie Waterman and Leslie Fountain Williams, University of Rochester.
  • We the People: American Indians and Alaska Natives in the United States A portrait of the American Indian and Alaska native population in the United States, providing data on the largest specified tribal groupings, reservations, Alaska Native Village Statistical Areas (ANVSAs) and areas outside reservations and ANVSAs at the national level. It is part of a special report series that presents data collected from Census 2000 on demographic, social and economic characteristics. 23 p.
  • A new report, "The Path of Many Journeys: The Benefits of Higher Education for Native People and Communities," summarizes data on the historically low college-going rates of American Indians as well as some signs of increases in recent decades. The report also details the impact on tribal groups and tribal colleges of having more members with college degrees. The report was released this week by the Institute for Higher Education Policy and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
  • This new study is one of the most in-depth examinations ever made of the thinking of American Indians and non-Indians about each other. The research, based on 12 focus groups conducted in 2006 and 2007, explores Indians' perceptions of their place in contemporary American society and how non-Indians view American Indians, what they know (or think they know), the generalizations they make and stereotypes they hold, how their perceptions were formed and their interest in learning more.
  • Rural Definitions. Provides tables, maps and methods to help the user identify and define rural. Organization: USDA Economic Research Service.
  • Native American Heritage Month (November) – Census Data Resources.
  • The National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) released the report "Urban Indian America: The Status of American Indian & Alaskan Native Families Today". The report gives a broad overview and snapshot of Urban Indian America and details the history of urban Indians, provides broad demographic information for AI/AN's living in America's largest urban centers and recommendations for future work for tribes and other organizations. For more information on the NUIFC and this report, please contact Janeen Comenote at [email protected] or 206.829.2229.
  • Digital stories told by students If you scroll down almost to the bottom of the page, there is a series from the Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • NPR Segment: A Navajo Student Feels the Tug of Home by Laura Morales
  • NPR Segment: Indian Boarding Schools Haunt Many by Charla Bear (Part 1 of 2)
  • NPR Segment: American Indian School a Far Cry from the Past by Charla Bear (Part 2 of 1)
  • Indian Education Research: Being Who we are as Indigenous People
  • Wilson (Opaskwayak Cree), Shawn (2008). "Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods." Fernwood Publishing: Halifax and Winnipeg. ISBN: 978-1-55266-281-6 Wilson, Shawn (2001). “What is Indigenous Research Methodology?” Canadian Journal of Native Education 25 (2), 2001, pp. 166-174.
  • Simpson, Leann (2008). Lighting the eighth fire: the liberation, resurgence, and protection of indigenous nations.