Diné College

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Diné College
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MottoThe Higher Education Institution of the Navajo
Type Tribal College
Established1968
President Dr. Charles "Monty" Roessel
Students2,000
Location
PO Box 126 Tsaile
,
86556 Arizona
,
USA
MascotWarrior
Website Dinecollege.edu

Diné College is a four-year, tribally controlled college, serving the 27,000-square-mile (70,000 km2) Navajo Nation. The college offers eight Bachelor's degree programs ranging from Business Administration to Biology. [1] Scholarships are available through the American Indian College Fund (AICF).

Navajo Nation Reservation

The Navajo Nation is a Native American territory covering about 17,544,500 acres, occupying portions of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico in the United States. This is the largest land area retained by a Native American tribe, with a population of roughly 350,000 as of 2016.

American Indian College Fund non-profit organisation in the USA

The American Indian College Fund is a nonprofit organization that helps Native American students, providing them with support through scholarships and funding toward higher education. The Fund provides an average of 6,000 annual scholarships for American Indian students and also provides support for other needs at the tribal colleges ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities. Charity Navigator gave the College Fund an overall rating of 88.36 out of 100.

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Campus

The main campus of Diné College is in Tsaile, Arizona, an unincorporated community in Apache County, Arizona. There are also five branches of Diné College: two in Apache County, Arizona (Chinle and Window Rock), one in Coconino County, Arizona (Tuba City), one in McKinley County, New Mexico (Crownpoint) and one in San Juan County, New Mexico (Shiprock).

Tsaile, Arizona Census-designated place in Arizona, United States

Tsaile is a census-designated place (CDP) in Apache County, Arizona, United States, on the Navajo Nation. The population was 1,205 at the 2010 census.

Arizona state of the United States of America

Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.

Apache County, Arizona County in the United States

Apache County is located in the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Arizona. As of the 2010 census its population was 71,518. The county seat is St. Johns.

The main Tsaile campus includes eight fifteen-room dormitories housing about 150 students: each octagonally shaped unit has a fireplace in the center, and is described by the college as a "hooghan away from hogan"—a reference to the traditional Navajo hogan dwelling.[ citation needed ]

The residence life office is in Ch'ó (Spruce) Hall. Residence halls include: [2]

Co-ed:

Female only:

Male only:

Family housing:

Residents of family housing are zoned to the Chinle Unified School District. Tsaile Elementary School is in proximity to the university. [3] All Chinle USD residents are assigned to Chinle High School.

Chinle Unified School District No. 24 (CUSD) is a school district in Apache County, Arizona, United States.

Chinle High School

Chinle High School is a high school in Chinle, an unincorporated area of Apache County, Arizona, United States. The school is the only high school in the Chinle Unified School District, and all of the district's elementary and middle schools feed into it. Chinle High School serves several unincorporated areas in Apache County, including Chinle, Lukachukai, Many Farms, Rough Rock, Tsaile, and some areas considered to be Nazlini. The areas the school serves are within the Navajo Nation.

Governance

The college is directed by an eight-member Board of Regents confirmed by the Government Services Committee of the Navajo Nation Council. The name Diné comes from the traditional name for the Navajo, meaning "the people."

History

Diné College opened in 1968 as the "Navajo Community College", the first college established by Native Americans for Native Americans. The College was chartered by the Navajo Nation in 1968. The college was originally housed at the Rough Rock Community School in Rough Rock, Arizona, while the Tsalie campus was under construction.

Ned Hatathli was chosen as the first president of Navajo Community College in 1969 when the Tsaile campus opened for classes, however, his presidency ended tragically when he accidentally shot himself while cleaning his rifle on October 16, 1972.

Tommy Lewis became president in August 1992 and funding from the BIA was about $4 million per year. Under his leadership, funding from the BIA increased to almost $7.3 million by the year 2000. The Navajo Language and Culture Curriculum became widely popular at the Tsaile campus after the program saw increases in class enrollment, thus allowing the Board of Regents to implement the program throughout the institution. Under the 1994 Equity in Education Act, Diné College became a Land Grant Institution allowing the institution to receive funding from the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890.

During the Summer of 1997, the administration changed the name of the college from Navajo Community College to Diné College in order to better to represent the school's function as an institution of learning for the Diné/Navajo people.

In 1998, Diné College bestowed its first baccalaureate degrees under the Diné Teacher Education Program, accredited through a partnership with Arizona State University. [4]

In 1998, the Diné College Library was rededicated as the "Kinyaa'áanii Charlie Benally Memorial Library".

On May 21, 2011, the women's archery team made history by winning the United States college national championship in compound bow. [5] This is believed to be the first time a tribal college team has won a top-tier intercollegiate national championship event in any sport.

Programs

Diné College offers bachelor's degrees in elementary education and tribal management. [4]

Alumni

See also

Notes

  1. "Academics – Diné College". www.dinecollege.edu. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  2. "Residence Life." Diné College. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  3. "Tsaile Campus Area Map" (Archive). Diné College. Retrieved on June 16, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "American Indian Higher Education Consortium". Archived from the original on June 14, 2012.
  5. "US Intercollegiate Archery Championships" . Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  6. http://www.niccomontano.net/
  7. "Nicco Montano | UFC". www.ufc.com.
  8. Observer, Navajo-Hopi. "Navajo Nation honors UFC champion Nicco Montano". Navajo-Hopi Observer News.

Coordinates: 36°19′13″N109°13′51″W / 36.32038°N 109.23088°W / 36.32038; -109.23088

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