Lingit Latseen has some commentary on a proposed School of Tlingit Customs and Traditions by Ishmael Hope. For American Indians and Alaska Natives to flourish as independent, tribal people, we must build institutions that reflect our culture and support our people.
The apprenticeship program that Ishmael puts forward excludes the expensive overhead that is often found in America’s universities and colleges. No high level administrators making six figure incomes. No manicured landscapes or expensive sports programs. No tenured professors who are paid to produce research papers rather than actually teach. Just good old fashioned learning and enrichment. How do we accomplish this? Its easy, actually. As Ishmael says, it only takes a group of dedicated people, willing students and teachers, and a budget of zero.