AIHEC Honors Crazy Bull, Elects Board Officers

Feb 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-3: Tribal Athletes Fight for Their Place, Tribal College News

GIFTED COUPLE. Cheryl Crazy Bull and Alex Prue, her husband, display one of her gifts at the conclusion of her honoring ceremony. Photo by Marvene Tom

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Board of Directors elected officers at its fall board meeting in Seattle, WA. The board is made up of the presidents of all the member tribal colleges and universities. David Yarlott, Ed.D., (president of Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, MT) is the new chair; Cynthia Lindquist-Mala, Ph.D., (president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, ND) is vice chair; Ferlin Clark (president of Diné College, Tsaile, AZ) is secretary; James E. Shanley, Ed.D., (president of Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT) is treasurer; and Cheryl Crazy Bull (president of Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA) is now an at-large member.

Crazy Bull, who served as the AIHEC board chair for the past four years, was honored by the board at the end of the annual meeting with words of appreciation and honor songs. The honoring was facilitated by Phil Baird of United Tribes Technical College (Bismarck, ND), who said he has known Crazy Bull since high school. Both are Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation. “We miss her since she’s at Northwest Indian College now, but we hope she’ll return to Rosebud someday to lead the Lakota people.”

Lionel Bordeaux (president of Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD) said, “Northwest has gained a lot in Cheryl. When she leaves the AIHEC leadership role, she’ll be called upon to take up something else. That always happens.” He sang her a Sun Dance song of encouragement to keep on dancing.

Clark, the president of Diné College, said, “Sitting next to you for the past two years I’ve been on the board, I have learned a lot from you. You have protected us and shielded us, and we thank you.” Clark sang a Diné song of blessing. Marlin Spoonhunter (president of Wind River Tribal College, Ethete, WY) also thanked Crazy Bull for her leadership and good humor. He said she inspires his daughter through his stories about the female tribal college presidents. He sang a Northern Arapaho song about the eagle. Candace Wilson (Northwest Indian College board member), who happened to be in the room at the time, grabbed the microphone to tell Crazy Bull, “You are a jewel to us. Thank you.”

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