FBCC mourns the passing of Alyce Spotted Bear

Aug 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Russell Mason, Jr.

IN MEMORIAM. Alyce Spotted Bear, 1945-2013

The students, staff, and faculty of Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC, New Town, ND) are deeply saddened by the loss of our fellow colleague, mentor, and dear friend, Alyce Spotted Bear. Alyce served as the vice-president of the FBCC Native Studies Department and was the catalyst in establishing our two-year and four-year degree programs in Native studies.

Whether she was at Cornell University, Dartmouth, or Fort Berthold Community College, she was a staunch supporter of Indian education and Native history.

Not only is this a profound loss for our institution, but a great loss for our trive and Indian Country as a whole. Alyce was one of two female tribal members to be elected as chairwoman of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara, and one of the pioneering American Indian women tribal leaders in the entire Great Plains.

President Obama appointed her in 2010 to serve on the National Advisory council on Indian Education. She was instrumental in advancing policy recommendation to both the White House and Congress on the need to advance culturally based education and support for Native language immersion schools.

We at Fort Berthold Community College are grateful for the opportunities that were bestowed upon us through her committed efforts and feel fortunate she came to be with us. Alyce leaves a significant legacy of leadership we will strive to uphold at Fort Berthold Community College.

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