New Fund to Honor Lionel Bordeaux

Nov 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-3: Responsible Welfare Reform, Tribal College News

Sinte Gleska University (Rosebud, S.D.) has created a special fund to honor Lionel Bordeaux, who has served as president for 25 years. The Wakinyan Wanbli (Eagle Thunder) Fund will be used to develop and operate a buffalo education program at Sinte.

Bordeaux has been a major supporter of American Indian issues throughout his 25 year tenure at the university. He has served on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, A U.S. Presidential Appointment; as co-chair of the White House Conference on Indian Education; as president of the National Indian Education Association; as president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; as board member for the Native American Rights Fund; as a member of the National Congress of American Indians; and as a Rosebud Sioux tribal councilman for 12 years. In 1988 he received the prestigious National Indian Education Association Educator of the Year award.

“We think it’s important to recognize all the work President Bordeaux has done. He has been instrumental in the passage of important legislation on American Indian education at all levels, but most significantly for tribal colleges,” says Phil Baird, associate director of the Northern Plains Bison Education Program. ” Wakinyan Wanbli is Bordeaux’s Lakota name. To contribute to the Wakinyan Wanbli Fund or for more information, contact Cheryl Crazy Bull, Sinte Gleska University, P.O. Box 8, Rosebud, S.D. 57570 at (605) 747-2263.

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