CCCC Prepares for Children’s Symposium and Anniversary Celebration

Sep 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in Fort Totten, North Dakota, is preparing for an event-filled week September 23-26. The festivities will begin on Tuesday, September 23 in the CCCC amphitheater with the Spirit Lake Children’s Services Symposium. Featured speakers include CCCC president Dr. Cynthia Lindquist, Tim Hathaway of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota, tribal chairman and CCCC graduate Leander “Russ” McDonald, Dan Orr and Randy Mittleider of the U.S. Marshals Service, and U.S. Attorney Tim Purden among others. Tuesday’s activities will conclude with a two hour training seminar entitled “Wakanyeja Tewicahila Pi (Cherishing the Children),” which Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs will lead.

On the symposium’s second day, Tricia A. Tingle of the Office of Justice Services and Larry Roberts of the Department of the Interior will lead a discussion on funding, while Al Nygard and Pat Conway will facilitate a session on best practices for establishing a model tribal social service system. The symposium will close with a common supper in CCCC’s College Café.

On Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, CCCC will celebrate its anniversary with an array of noted speakers, academics, and dignitaries. John Peacock (Dakota) of the Maryland Institute College of Arts and Steven Newcomb of the California Indigenous Law Institute will give scholarly talks, while UTTC president Phil Baird will discuss the role that tribal colleges play in Indian Country. Greg Holy Bull will serve as the MC for the anniversary celebration and Eileen “Onna” Littleghost will give the opening prayers.

CCCC is chartered by the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college was founded in 1974 as Little Hoop Community College. In 1995, the college’s regents changed the name to honor Paul Yankton, whose Dakota name is Cankdeska Cikana. A strong proponent of education and personal responsibility, Cankdeska Cikana was a World War II hero and Dakota Warrior, serving in the European theater and earning two Purple Hearts. Today, CCCC offers a variety of degrees and serves as the Spirit Lake Dakota people’s higher education institution.

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