This commentary discusses the American Indian College Fund and Tribal College and Universities’ support of Indigenous arts as critical to cultural identity and place-based experiences for Native people. Indigenous arts are deeply rooted in connections to shared Indigenous values of kinship, relationship to all living and non-living things, language, and the land. In the United States, hundreds of Tribes have art forms that emerge from place, from interpretation of Tribal knowledge, and which meet the everyday, human needs of beauty, usefulness, and connectedness. Our right as humans to preserve and revitalize traditional and contemporary Native arts supporting our cultural identities and distinctiveness has existed since time immemorial. These rights honor the natural laws that existed prior to the creation of political or nation-state laws.
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Crazy Bull, Cheryl; Co Carew, Colleen; and Skenadore, Bridget.
"Indigenous Arts and Tribal Colleges and Universities: Expressions of Collective Native Identity,"
International Journal of Human Rights Education, 3(1)
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