NIEA Honors David M. GippNov 15th, 1995 | By tcj | Category: 7-3: Investing, Tribal College News
The National Indian Education Association selected David M. Gipp (Standing Rock Sioux) as 1995 Educator of the Year at its annual conference in Tucson in November. Gipp was cited for his contributions to fostering tribally-controlled higher education. He was instrumental in convincing Congress to pass the tribally-controlled college law in 1978.
When only a handful of tribally-controlled colleges existed, he served as the first permanent executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium from 1973-1977. Since then, he has been president of the United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D.
Gipp is one of three brothers who are professional educators. Gerald Gipp was named NIEA Educator of the Year in 1984. Robert was North Dakota Indian Education Association Educator of the year in the early 1980s.