Sitting Bull Initiates Vocational Programs

Feb 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 7-4: Wildlife Management, Tribal College News

Sitting Bull College (formerly known as Standing Rock College) in North Dakota recently received a $264,000 federal vocational education grant allowing it to offer two new programs tailored to the needs of the area. The project will recruit, train, and place a minimum of 108 students in Building Trades and Casino Management.

With the grant, the college was able to hire a vocational director and to purchase the expensive power tools necessary for building trades. Both programs include work experience, either working for the Standing Rock Housing Authority on tribal members’ homes or working at one of the tribe’s two casinos.

The vocational program will complement the college’s expanded Business Administration program, which provides several new degree areas such as Tribal Management, Small Business Administration, and Grantsmanship.

The college name change followed many years of research and debate, culminating in a vote by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council on March 6.  “Sitting Bull epitomizes us as a people and what we try to do here at the college,” Dr. Ron McNeil, president of SBC, says. The college sought and received the approval of the Sitting Bull descendants for using the name.

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