Gift Will Help Complete Sisseton Voc-ed Building

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

DRUMMING UP EDUCATION. The new building resembles four Dakota people playing a drum.

Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) President Dr. William Harjo Lone Fight received a check for $10,000 from Dean Marske of the architectural firm Herges, Kirchgasler, Geisler & Associates at the college’s May graduation ceremony. “This gift is the largest donation the college has ever received from a single donor and will be applied to the Vocational Education building being built on the SWC campus this summer,” said Lone Fight.

Lakota artist Victor Runnels with Herges, Kirchgasler, Geisler designed the new building, which uses a unique sculptural architecture design that resembles four Dakota people playing a drum. The new facility will have enough interior space for the college’s vocational education students to construct single-family homes inside during the winter months.

Lone Fight, who worked with Marske to finalize plans for the building, added, “We are very grateful that Herges, Kirchgasler, Geisler & Associates appreciates what Sisseton Wahpeton College means to the area. I have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity and sense of vision Mr. Marske and his partners have demonstrated.”

Sisseton Wahpeton College also received a grant from the Department of Education for construction and is hoping to raise an additional $300,000 for finishing costs, furnishings, and landscaping.

For information contact Pam Wynia, Director of Development, Sisseton Wahpeton College, PO Box 689,Agency Village, SD 57262, phone (605) 698-3966, or email

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