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On the Workforce in Tribal America

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By David M. Gipp

Beginnings I recall how we started out in 1972 and 1973 in disparate and humble beginnings as the first six tribally controlled colleges in the United States. We served fewer than 1,500 students in 1974, but we knew these new American Indian students represented a first entry among U.S.-based, postsecondary education students. It was a (more)

One Feather: A Lakota Life

Nov 9th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Gerald One Feather with Tom Katus

Editor’s Note: The following autobiography is a result of a conversation between Gerald One Feather and Tom Katus. The concepts expressed are One Feather’s. Katus assisted in arranging and editing the stories, with One Feather’s input and final approval. I was born July 10, 1938, in the Pine Ridge Hospital, the oldest child of Jackson (more)

The College Fund Raises Over $1 Million At Anniversary Gala

Nov 8th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

The American Indian College Fund kicked off its 25th anniversary celebration and fundraising efforts with a black tie gala that raised more than $1 million to benefit Native American education. Held October 20 at Pier Sixty in New York City, it was the largest and most successful fundraising event in the organization’s 25-year history. Funds (more)

Red Star: The Work of a Crow Artist

Nov 5th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

Hailing from the Crow Indian Reservation in central Montana and an early graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Kevin Red Star has helped shape modern American Indian art. What follows is a sampling of Red Star’s body of work. A more detailed survey and in-depth discussion of the artist’s methods, influences, and background (more)

Leander “Russ” McDonald is the new president of UTTC

Nov 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Dennis Neumann

United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) has named Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald (Dakota/Arikara) as its new president. He succeeds David M. Gipp, who served as UTTC president for 37 years before being named chancellor of the college last spring. McDonald is an enrolled citizen of the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota and served as the (more)

FBCC Names Twyla Baker-Demaray as Next President

Oct 28th, 2014 | By | No Comments »

The board of regents at Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) has selected Dr. Twyla Baker-Demaray as the college’s next president. She is the school’s seventh president and succeeds Mr. Russell Mason Jr. who retired last spring. Dr. Baker-Demaray is an enrolled citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. She is an alumnus of FBCC, (more)

Comcast-NBCUniversal Donate Over $5 Million to College Fund

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Dina Horwedel

The American Indian College Fund has announced that it will partner with Comcast-NBCUniversal in an effort to further the cause of Native American higher education. The corporation has offered a donation of $5 million for public service announcements and an additional gift of $500,000 for in-kind services and cash. The support will help the College (more)

UTTC Expands Workforce Training with Grant

Oct 22nd, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Dennis Neumann

The Heavy Equipment Operator program at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) has expanded with help from the North Dakota Department of Commerce. The department authorized a $532,372 grant in to acquire more training equipment. The funding allowed the college to add five units that will broaden the training experience in heavy equipment operation. New in (more)

Toyota Pledges $1 Million to the College Fund for STEM Fields

Oct 15th, 2014 | By | No Comments »
By Dina Horwedel

A hardscrabble childhood didn’t harden Erika Torres-Hernandez (Chippewa-Cree). But it did sharpen her resolve to achieve her goals and give back to her tribal community. A recipient of the Toyota Tribal College Scholarship, Torres-Hernandez studies math at Stone Child College on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in Montana. Upon graduating from SCC, she plans to (more)

SBC and TMCC to receive federal funds for workforce programs

Oct 1st, 2014 | By | No Comments »

Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations and Energy Committees, announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded nearly $10 million to support job-driven energy and related industry training programs at four North Dakota colleges. Two tribal colleges made the list, including Sitting Bull College (SBC) in Fort (more)