Little Hoop College Teams with Tribal IndustryMay 15th, 1989 | By tcj | Category: 1-1: From the Past, the Future, Tribal College News
The Devil’s Lake Sioux Reservation suffers from the same high unemployment rates that burden many Indian communities.
But Little Hoop Community College is joining with tribal businesses and industry, as well as North Dakota State University, to reverse the regional’s poverty through economic development.
Working with a tribal manufacturing plant that forms bullet-resistant material for the military, Little Hoop is helping to find a broader market for the product. Until now, the material, formed out of a synthetic product called Kevlar, has been used only to line the inside of tanks and other military carriers. The tribe, however, believes it can also be sold for commercial use.
The college is working to create a research and development program for the industry and is establishing connections with North Dakota State University for possible joint research in high technology fibers.
Already, university officials have toured the manufacturing plant, reports Little Hoop President Merril Berg.
In addition, the college is providing training in skills needed both by workers and managers in tribal industry and business. Seminars in pre-employment skills, computer use and management training is being offered.