OLC to Pay New Faculty With Endowment Returns

Nov 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-2: Reclaiming Native Health, Tribal College News

Oglala Lakota College (OLC) has succeeded in raising the $1.5 million in donations necessary to secure $500,000 in matching funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The tribal college serving the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota was required to reach its $1.5 million goal by July 31, 2003.

The NEH challenge grant assisted OLC in creating two faculty endowment funds: the William Horn Cloud Lakota Language Faculty Endowment and the Gerald One Feather Lakota Studies Faculty Endowment. OLC will use the annual investment returns to fund three faculty positions in the Lakota Studies Department. The college has hired three new Lakota Studies Department faculty members. Patrick Lee, former chief judge of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, will teach Federal Indian Law and the Tribal Laws, Treaties, and Government course. John Around Him, a respected spiritual leader and linguist, will teach Lakota Languages courses. Another respected community leader and linguist, Charles Shot With Arrow, will teach both Lakota Languages and Lakota Studies courses.

“We are very proud of OLC’s accomplishment on the endowment funds,” said OLC Board President Newton Cummings. “This is an example of self-determination since it was the initiative and hard work of the college that achieved this result.”

OLC President Thomas Shortbull thanked the donors throughout South Dakota and the United States and especially Tom Brokaw (NBC anchorman), whose $25,000 donation to the Gerald One Feather Endowment resulted in a major increase in donations for that fund.

The two endowment funds are part of a larger effort to endow 15 faculty positions by 2004. For the additional 12 faculty positions, OLC must reach a total of $10 million by the end of 2004, which means raising $2.4 million through direct mail campaigns and grants from foundations and corporations. The campaign to endow faculty positions is Phase III of Rebuilding the Lakota Nation Through Education. Phases I and II resulted in a new library and 10 new instructional college centers.

For more information on OLC’s faculty endowment campaign, call Marilyn Pourier, Development Director, at (605) 455-6045 or write Box 490, Kyle, SD 57752.

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