Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Approve Programs for Tribal College

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The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have approved three new programs for the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

The new programs are associate of science in children's teachers; associate of science in American Indian studies; and associate of science in general studies.

The new programs will complement the current associate of science degree in tribal administration, said Henrietta Mann, president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College.

Fall enrollment for the two-year institution of higher education, which opened in 2006, included students from 18 tribes as well as non-tribal members.

Vice President Alden Whiteman collaborates with surrounding communities to offer courses via interactive video, providing students an opportunity to take classes without leaving their communities. Along with offering courses off-site, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College schedules classes during evening hours, permitting students to work while attending college.

For the spring 2011 schedule, course listings will include Cheyenne Language II, Arapaho Language II, Advanced Cheyenne and Arapaho Constitution, Native American Women, American Indian Belief Systems, American Indians Today, Literature of the American Indian, Tribal Government II, Office of Management and Budget Circulars and Video Story Telling.

Cheyenne and Arapaho language speakers - Ruth Whiteskunk, Carol Joyce Bullcoming and Charles Sleeper - lead the courses assisting interested learners in preserving native languages.

The college has experienced staff members. …