Intertribal News Online – February 3, 2012 now up!

February 8th, 2012

In our new, online version, beginning with this February 3, 2012 issue, the Intertribal News features –

  • Native American Center News
  • All Peoples Lodge
  • Editorial: on the Congressional Response to NCAI State of Indian Nations address
  • Winter Traditions
  • FLC Intramurals
  • Jefferson Keel, Vision for “Our America,” NCAI State of the Indian Nations
  • Gallery Review: “Collections” in FLC Art Gallery
  • Planning for Hozhoni Days
  • Guest Speaker, Alyce Spotted Bear, Comes to FLC February 15
  • Center of SW Studies Gallery: “Ancient Skywatchers of the SW”
  • Super Bowl XLVI Predictions
  • Native American and Indigenous Studies Leadership Conference, February 16!

Click here to read the Intertribal News online edition!

ASFLC Elections Come at Crucial Moment for FLC

April 9th, 2010

clip_image001Associated Students of FLC will elect new officers in a two-day, computer assisted election Tuesday, April 13th and Wednesday, April 14th

        FLC Students may vote either via the computer kiosks in the Student Union Building or via Webopus those days. 

        Currently there are 12 senators, 2 Executives, and 2 court justices in the ASFLC student government.  Read the rest of this entry »

For ASFLC Executive Team Alray Nelson and Laura Beth Waltz

April 9th, 2010

Statement by Alray Nelson

Should I be elected, I will be the second Native American Student Body President next to Sandra One Feather. It will be the first time in two decades. This is not the only big step forward for our school. Next year, 2011, is the 100th birthday of Fort Lewis College; our CENTENNIAL. With that in mind, my election to this position will also demonstrate that we as native people have prevailed, are alive, are active, and passionate.

        With my language and teachings of the Navajo way, I hope to stand for this school as a diverse voice, honoring its historical mission, and leading a new generation of young people. We can do better. We can change our college, but the first step is getting more native students elected into these positions.

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        I am the only candidate running for President who is also talking about the important issues. The budget cuts next year is evident however we need a student government that will STAND for our faculty, our staff, and our students, and tell the Administration that we will not allow them to cut the salaries of the people who are in the classrooms with the students until they consider cutting theirs as wel.l        I foresee a Fort Lewis College that will responsibly utilize the Old Fort property by consulting our students and faculty about the future of this land. I am also surprised that our college, that serves a large Native population and with the tuition waiver program, still does not have an Advisor to the President on Native American affairs.  We will bring this topic to the table. I envision a Fort Lewis College that is a future hub for Indigenous and Sustainable Education.

        We need to increase our recruitment efforts for Indian Country and increase the retention rate of our Native community. Everything is interconnected. I will be a Student Body President that upholds the words of honor, commitment, consensus, and courage. Read the rest of this entry »

For ASFLC Executive Team –Natalie Janes and John Toplyn – Platform

April 9th, 2010

Fort Lewis Budget Crisis

Over the next two years Fort Lewis is looking at approximately a 4.6 million dollar budget cut. 1.8 million In the 2010-2011 school year and 2.9 million in the 2011-2012 school year.

Important thing to look at during this budget crisis include:

1)       Keeping important faculty and staff members

2)       Distributing the cuts in a sensible manner

3)       Making sure important programs don’t fall through the cracks

4)       Disproportionate salaries among faculty, staff, and administrators

Student Retention and Recruitment Read the rest of this entry »

Scholarly Commentary –FLC Continues its Struggles to Preserve Native Tuition Waiver

April 9th, 2010
Navajo Tribe's Vice President Ben Shelly.    Photo By: Jerry McBride Durango Herald

Navajo Tribe's Vice President Ben Shelly. Photo By: Jerry McBride Durango Herald


Last of a Three-part seriesBy Asa Washines

The College’s service to Native American students goes back to 1911, when, as a condition of accepting the thousands of acres of land in Hesperus, Colorado, the State agreed to establish an institute of learning, and that all Native American students would, at all times, be admitted to the institution tuition free. Fort Lewis College is very proud of the education it offers to all students, and of the service it provides to the State of Colorado.

-Opening statement from Fort Lewis College “Talking Points” Document

        This is the third article regarding my series devoted to the tuition waiver issue at FLC.  In the first article, I examined the history of the tuition wavier.  In the second article, I looked at the 1971 legislative report on “Indian Enrollment issues at Fort Lewis College”.  This article will close out the series by looking at the 2010 legislative bill HB10-1067.

        Higher education has become an important tool for self-determination as tribal nations realize the need for more educated enrolled members to gradually take over tribal programs.  These students have the knowledge of western education and the capability to maintain cultural integrity as they come home to support specific tribal programs, as well contribute to substantial tribal development, even becoming entrepreneurs.  As of winter 2010, FLC has 749 enrolled Native students coming from over 120 federally recognized tribes, with many of the students specializing in the business and science fields. 

        In essence, FLC has become a the HUB of Indian education and according to FLC administration; FLC ranks 1st in the nation among institutions of higher education in the number of baccalaureate degrees awarded to Native American students.  FLC ranks first in the nation in the number of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM) baccalaureate degrees awarded to Native American students.  According to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, FLC ranks 5th in the nation among institutions of higher education in percent of full time Native American undergraduates enrolled in college, and FLC is Colorado’s only Native American Serving, Non-Tribal College, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.  Read the rest of this entry »