Postcard from Chief Dull Knife College

On reservations nationwide, tribal colleges are teaching Native Americans what other schools don't. Sharpening minds at Chief Dull Knife College

Kenneth Jarecke / Contact for TIME

It's native American awareness Week in Lame Deer, Mont., and time for the Clean Indian Joke Contest. At many schools, the week is a serious occasion; at Chief Dull Knife College, it's a lighthearted celebration with a chili cook-off, art show, tepee-raising competition and a stick-horse race for adults.

The winning joke is from a 12-year-old Northern Cheyenne boy: "Three men are riding in a pickup--two in the cab, one in back. The truck falls into the river. The two men open their doors and swim out but can't find the third man. Finally, he comes up. 'What took you so...

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