"Her dissertation was titled “Monsters and Weapons: Navajo students’ stories on their journeys toward college,” which is being turned into a book. It reveals the systemic and structural challenges in higher education while also highlighting how much Native students have excelled utilizing what Tachine calls their “indigenous weapons.” These are cultural ways of knowing that sustain them despite the challenges.

Tachine says institutions must see tribal people as critically important to institutional advancement. Rather than tribes having to go to colleges and universities asking for support services, Lomayesva says institutions should be sending representatives to the tribes." Continue reading here

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