Tribal Colleges Programs


Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE)

NATURE Sunday Academy Schedule 2006-2007 (pdf)

NATURE Purpose and Goals

NATURE helps build the pathway from K-12, to the tribal colleges, to baccalaureate institutions, and to graduate schools for American Indians in the pursuit of careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our program capitalizes on previous ND EPSCoR and university investments.

NATURE is a collaboration among faculty at Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Berthold Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, United Tribes Technical College, and NDSU and UND. Program activities include:

• Collaborative summer workshops for tribal college faculty, K-12 instructors, and university faculty

• Summer camps for tribal college students

• Summer camps for K-12 students

• Sunday Academies during the academic year for K-12 students

The curricula for the Academy and summer camps are collaboratively designed and developed by tribal high school teachers, tribal college instructors and university professors at a two-week summer camp each year. Cultural components are built in to the curricula and tribal elders and spiritual leaders participate in the Sunday Academies and summer camps. Over 100 tribal high school students attend the monthly sessions.

For more information, contact: Dr. G. Padmanabhan, NATURE Coordinator

Tribal Colleges Liaison Program

The NATURE program demonstrated that opportunities exist for additional linkages between ND EPSCoR and the state’s tribal colleges. In 2006, NSF provided a supplement to the ND EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) program designed to:

• Develop a comprehensive research and training initiative – one that will build research capacity for faculty and students – at the tribal community colleges

• Develop a systemic data collection process and mechanism for tracking program successes and opportunities for improvements

• Build a strong alliance between tribal colleges and the research universities

• Document the Liaison Project as an EPSCoR model

For more information, contact: Dr. Carol Davis, Liaison Manager