People in the News

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News
  • BIG PLANS. Eugene Big Back, Jr., hopes to become a restaurateur. Photo by Kathleen Beartusk

    Eugene Big Back, Jr. (Northern Cheyenne) of Busby, MT, is the recipient of the 2008-2009 American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) Scholarship. Big Back, a sophomore, is vice president of marketing for the newly revived AIBL chapter at Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC, Lame Deer, MT).  Big Back, 49, plans to continue his education to earn a bachelor’s of science in business. He wants to start a restaurant or pizzeria on the reservation and to employ tribal members who want to live and retire near their homes, as he plans to do. “Unemployment on the reservation is so high that any kind of jobs will help,” he says. He has already invested 6,000 hours in earning a Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training Certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor for the occupation of cooking.  AIBL is the only American Indian non-profit organization in the United States dedicated solely to empowering business students. Two scholarships are awarded nationally each year.

  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC, Cloquet, MN) named Stephanie Hammitt as chief financial officer. She is responsible for all fiscal, accounting, and business functions of the college. Hammitt began serving in this role in January 2009.  Prior to joining the college administration in January 2009, Hammitt was the comptroller for the Fond du Lac Reservation for more than six years and, prior to that, the reservation’s internal auditor. She holds a Bachelor’s of Accounting degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. A resident of Cloquet for most of her life, she is a former chair and member of the Fond du Lac Tribal College Board of Directors.  Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College serves more than 2,700 students in credit courses annually and is a member of both the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
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