Students Start Newspaper at United Tribes Technical CollegeFeb 15th, 1991 | By tcj | Category: 2-4: Teaching: Community and Culture in the Classroom, Tribal College News
Articles on topics ranging from American Indian soldiers participating in the Gulf war to the dangers of excessive cholesterol were included in the first issue of a new newspaper founded by the students of United Tribes Technical College.
Four Directions began publication in February under the direction of Editor Alexander J. Lunderman Jr. and a staff of students at the Bismarck, North Dakota college. The eight-page, tabloid-sized paper is being distributed among students, staff and friends of the college.
In the premier issue’s “Letter from the Editor,” Lunderman wrote that he hoped the newspaper would help increase participation in student government and improve communication among students, staff and the administration.
In addition, he wrote that Four Directions can also help promote greater understanding of American Indian society. “The Native American culture is still carried on through us since the students come from all over the United States. It’s a good feeling seeing our students sharing their cultures with each other.”
The lead story of the first issue reported on a ceremony in Bismarck honoring two American Indian soldiers who were killed while serving in Operation Desert Storm. Other articles kept readers up-to-date on the college’s new general education curriculum, Technical Assistance Center and Child Development Center. In addition, there were stories on nutrition, the problem of denial among alcoholics and national news on education and Indian issues.
Lunderman says the paper will try to offer balanced reporting and encourage comments and suggestions from readers.
The paper is available by subscription for $10 a year. The address is United Tribes Technical College, c/o Four Directions -Subscription Department, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504.