Little Hoop Takes Traditional Name

May 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-1: Honoring Our Native Knowledge, Tribal College News

CANKDESKA CIKANA LOGOLittle Hoop Community College was founded in 1974 and named after Paul Yankton Sr., the recipient of two Purple Hearts, who died in 1944 in Lorraine, France. The college has decided to take on the Sioux spelling and pronunciation of Little Hoop, which is Cankdeska Cikana. The symbol of the college has also changed.

Cankdeska Cikana President Erich Longie said the philosophy, mission, and goals of the college have not changed. The college is chartered by the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe of North Dakota, which was formerly known as the Devil’s Lake Sioux. Cankdeska Cikana is the second college in North Dakota to change its name in recent years. Standing Rock College changed its name to Sitting Bull College in March 1996.

A college press release explains the new logo: “The Cankdeska Cikana (little hoop) is represented by the inner white circle of the design. The inner red circle represents Anpetu Wi (the sun). With each new red dawn, we gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The upper blue semi-circle represents Wakan Tank (God). The seven stars represent the seven campfires and the seven rites of the Dakota Nation. The four tepees represent the four districts that Cankdeska Cikana College serves on the reservation.

“The eagle feather represents Wanbdi Gdeska (spotted eagle). He flies the highest and is the messenger to God. The feather also represents the Black Road, which is the path of our daily life hardships. We must stay focused on our educational goals and follow the feather’s quill to the end (achievement). The red band behind the feather is the Red Road, which represents the spiritual path that our ancestors followed throughout their lives to assure their place in the spirit world.”

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