College Honors Stanford Whitewater, Sr.

Aug 15th, 2003 | By | Category: 15-1: Indigenizing Our Future, Tribal College News
By Elaine Rice and Brenda Murphy

Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) honored Stanford Whitewater, Sr. (Winnebago) for his continuous years of service to the college on March 10, 2003 — the day before he turned 90. The college dedicated a scholarship for LPTC students in his name.

“He has given years of commitment to the field of education and has provided direct, significant contribution to the mission of the college. He has recorded 2,000+ audio tapes, videotapes, recordings and translations, and even a language class at his home three days a week ,” said Natalie Davis, library technician at LPTC in Winnebago, NE.

Whitewater, who received the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Elder of the Year award in 1996, was recognized by LPTC as an enduring resource for students, staff, and administration. His work includes classroom contact with students, assisting teachers in translating materials, and making appearances at local schools.

The community also turns to him for giving naming ceremonies; featherings and funerals; wakes, and memorials. He continues to record audiotapes upon request and is translating children’s books into HoChunk. For more information, contact Natalie Davis, Little Priest Tribal College (402) 878-2380 x118.

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