OLC honors members of board at 40th anniversaryAug 15th, 2011 | By tcj | Category: 23-1: Beyond Racism, Tribal College News
On April 2, Oglala Lakota College (OLC, Kyle, SD) held a 40th anniversary celebration of the college’s founding. Activities included a powwow, presentations by President Thomas Shortbull, faculty member Tony Fresquez, and board president Newton Cummings, as well as recognition of OLC board members with 10 or more years of experience.
The recognized board members included Newton Cummings, Lloyd Eagle Bull, Jr., Orland Big Owl, Gerald One Feather, Patrick Iron Cloud, Ruth Weston, Dennis Brewer, Phoebe Tallman, James Red Willow, Pete Red Willow, Charles “Chuck” Conroy, Birgil Kills Straight, John Her Many Horses, Bennett “Tuffy” Sierra, and Sophie Lone Hill.
One of the six original tribal colleges that created the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, OLC is chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribe. It began as a community college and now offers baccalaureate degrees, along with certificate degrees, and associate degrees. The college reports enrollment of around 1,400 students, with 900 of them the equivalent of full-time students.