Four winds across three campuses : indigenous community building in higher education
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This study examines how Indigenous people build communities in higher education settings. This focus frames the impact of connectivity on identity development through a correlation between cultural accessibility and improved post-secondary success for this population. The research centers on three institutions: The University of Texas at Austin, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and Queen’s University. Separate chapters are dedicated to each campus in order to emphasize the great variation of Indigenous identity across the North American continent and to reflect various opportunities for manifestations of cultural connectivity. Research is also included concerning each university’s relationship to the wider Indigenous communities of the regions in which they sit. This includes exploration of the institutions’ relationships with local nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and initiatives which seek to include outside Indigenous voice in campus affairs.