Sherry Salway-Black, Elsie Meeks, Tawney Brunsch and Tanya Fiddler at the airport in Rapid City, South Dakota.

My Native American Heritage

This year for Native American Heritage Month, I have been reflecting on my own Native American heritage. I am Oglala Lakota through my father and German American through my mother – and I’m blessed with this lineage. However, since it is Native American Heritage Month, let me focus on that side. I was the only one of four siblings born on Pine Ridge Reservation in … Continue reading My Native American Heritage

The University of Montana AIBL chapter received the Chapter of the Year award in 2016.

How AIBL Challenges and Inspires Native Business Students

American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) was organized in January 1994 and was recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1995 on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Montana. Michelle Henderson (Assiniboine) was a graduate student in the MBA program and wrote her thesis on AIBL. She approached School of Business Administration Dean Dr. Larry Gianchetta to be the chair of her thesis committee. The original idea evolved from … Continue reading How AIBL Challenges and Inspires Native Business Students

What is an ‘Indian Giver?’

Do you remember during your childhood when someone gave you something but then took it back? The person might have been called an “Indian giver.” The term was always hurtful for me because I knew firsthand the generosity of American Indian people. At our ceremonies, it has always been a custom to have what we call “giveaways,” a tradition of honoring and respecting others by … Continue reading What is an ‘Indian Giver?’