STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences


When the 9/11 tragedy unfolded, Harold Crawford was visiting faculty at Sitting Bull Tribal College in the middle of southern North Dakota. It was warm, clear day when Ron His Horse Is Thunder, the college's president, stopped in the dean's office to tell Crawford he wasn't going anywhere and invited him to stay at his home. Crawford, an emeritus professor of agricultural education and studies, vividly recalls that day. Like many across the nation, Crawford paused to reflect on the purpose of his visit to a college located on the northern plains. Crawford says his work to help tribal colleges is one of the highlights of his nearly 50-year career at Iowa State University. The programs were funded through a U.S. Department of Agriculture Initiative and brought in more than $4 million to enhance natural resource education at four tribal colleges in Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.