White Earth College Marks 10th Anniversary

Feb 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 19-3: Beyond Our Names: Uncovering Identity, Tribal College News

White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC, Mahnomen, MN) celebrated its 10th anniversary with four days of activities Nov. 5-8, 2007. The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council established the college on Oct. 7, 1997. The college started with 41 students, the number has grown to 132 this year.

A drum ceremony led by Frank Steck, followed by a brunch, started the events in the Gaa-tazhi-bazigwiitamaagowiziyang (main building). Speakers included Andy Favorite on “White Earth History” and David deGroat on “Jurisdiction in Indian Country.” A concluding gala featured a feast at the Shooting Star Events Center.  Anishinaabeg Today reported the college founders were honored at the gala, including White Earth Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor, who said, “This is the best investment the tribe has ever made, when we invest in education, we are guaranteed a return.”

College programs were showcased throughout the celebration. Karen Goulet and her art students hosted a drawing presentation, Emma King spoke on the college admissions process at the Wadookodaading Student Success Center, and Jeff Jentz’s Native Writing class discussed “Values and Virtues for the New Millennium Student.”

Jean Bakka’s Skills for Success class hosted visitors in the Smart Room while Leah Prussia addressed psychological topics. Steve Dahlberg discussed Native sciences, and Nyleta Belgarde taught an Ojibwe class. Open houses were also held at the Imbamenimaag (Nursing Education) Building and the Gekinoo’imaagejig (Teacher Education) Building.

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