Leading from the Center: Indigenous Knowledge Builds Higher Education Leaders



Tribal college and university leaders and their students thrive in geographic and social environments where conditions would otherwise predict failure for individuals and institutions. This chapter explores the connectedness of leaders to their Indigenous values. Those values center their work in the context of success and prosperity despite significant obstacles. Leadership in this nation’s tribal colleges and universities and in their communities goes beyond the hierarchy typical of most higher education institutions and communities creating widespread strategic direction rooted in values, spirituality, and relationships. Tribal colleges are the center of tribal life and their leadership emerges from a sacred place.


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  1. 1.American Indian College FundDenverUSA

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