Little Hoop College Teams with Tribal Industry

May 15th, 1989 | By | 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.

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