Dull Knife Accreditation ReaffirmedNov 15th, 2001 | By tcj | Category: 13-2: The Power of Partnerships, Tribal College News
This fall, Dull Knife Memorial College (DKMC) celebrated three historic events: (1) the dedication and opening of the new cultural learning center, (2) the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Northwest Association-Commission on Colleges, and (3) the ceremonial changing of the name of the institution to Chief Dull Knife College. The celebration took place on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana on September 14.
Dr. Sandra Elman, executive director of the Northwest Association, sent a letter congratulating the college for having its accreditation reaffirmed. The commission commended the college for its “thoughtfully written” mission statement and for electing members to the board of directors who are “fostering a college-wide spirit of energy, hope, and vision for the future.” The letter noted the faculty’s and staff’s “commitment to creating a nurturing environment that clearly contributes to the success of students they serve.” The college’s success in getting grants to initiate and successfully operate several outreach programs, including the recently funded Title III grant, was also mentioned. Especially noteworthy, according to the letter, are the college’s efforts to perpetuate the language and culture of the Northern Cheyenne people.
Dr. Richard Littlebear, president of Chief Dull Knife College, recognized the outstanding teamwork of the board, faculty, staff, administration, and students in achieving this milestone for the college. The college was reviewed by a team of peers, utilizing the same standards of institutional assessment used for all colleges and universities in the Northwest. “Their insights will only make our college a stronger and more viable institution of higher education,” Littlebear said.
The 3,000-square foot cultural learning center is part of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) national initiative to create repositories for art and culture at each member institution. Rocky Mountain Log Homes of Hamilton, MT, has donated the logs. CTA Architects & Engineers of Billings, MT, assisted with design and construction, and CCM Construction, Billings, MT, was the general contractor. Littlebear expressed his gratitude, saying, “The wonderfully rich art, artifacts, and archives that our college has to offer will now be available for research and enjoyment.”
The college’s name was changed to “Chief Dull Knife College” to honor one of the Northern Cheyenne’s most respected historical leaders, who fought overwhelming odds to maintain the sovereignty of the Cheyenne people.