UTTC to Administer Bison Education Project

Aug 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News

Ten tribal colleges in Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota will soon be offering bison education and management support programs through a regional intercollegiate project based in Bismalck, N. D.

With a $650,000 Native American Higher Education Initiative grant award from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, United Tribes Technical College will network Indian colleges, Indian tribes, and bison industry organisations tp coordinate reservation-based bison education and research under its new Northern Plains Bison Education program.

Coordinators will begin collaborating this fall to develop and offer short course, vocational, and two-year degree programs with a bison management emphasis. Other project components will include student field trips and internships, cultural institutes, community education and outreach, and technical assistance for both Indian and non-lndiall bison producers.

“This project will use education bridges to reconnect Native people with their relatives of the Buffalo Nation,” said Phil Baird (Sicangu Lakota), associate director of UTTC’s new office of tribal land grant college programs.

The participating colleges include Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cheyenne River Community College, Fort Berthold Comillunily College, Oglala Lakota College. Sinte Gleska University, Sitting Bull College. Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College, Little Priest Cominullity College, United Tribes Technical College, and Lower Brule Community College.

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