Lionel Bordeaux honored

May 15th, 2013 | By | Category: 24-4: Language Revitalization, Tribal College News
By Vonnie Alberts

BORDEAUX. Students, faculty, staff, local community members, and tribal college presidents turned out to honor long-time Sinte Gleska University president and TCU leader Lionel Bordeaux as part of the university’s 40th anniversary celebration.

Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. As part of the celebration, founder and longtime president Lionel Bordeaux was honored with a weekend powwow and recognition ceremony. Several tribal college presidents, national Indian education leaders, and colleagues of Bordeaux gathered in the Sinte Gleska University gym, following the Saturday evening grand entry, to recognize and honor Bordeaux for his 40 years of dedication, service, and continued advocacy for higher education across Indian Country. Attendees shared letters of appreciation for Bordeaux’s years of service and presented him with gifts, including a special limited edition Pendleton blanket featuring Two Ravens, a Hidatsa chief and traditional principal leader of the Hidatsa Dog Society. President Russell Mason Jr. of Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) presented the blanket to Bordeaux on behalf of the students and faculty at FBCC.

Bordeaux is well-known for being at the front lines of the tribal college movement and is the longest serving tribal college president in history. He was named president of Sinte Gleska University in 1973 and served as the second president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Bordeaux went on to become president of the National Indian Education Association in 1978, and he cochaired the historic 1992 White House Conference on Indian Education.

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