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FEBRUARY 2011 • VOL. 20 - NO. 2
UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE                                                                                                     Miss Indian Nations page 6

Lady Thunderbirds tough at home

                                                                                                                                                             DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News

MOTIVATED PLAY: Ashley Ross, 5’ 5” sophomore guard, launches one          January 20 game, Ross had earned player of the week honors in the MonDak
from behind the arc in the Lady Thunderbirds 80-75 victory against Bis-   Athletic Conference. In two games she scored 41 points, had 17 assists, 15 re-
marck State. The cross-town rivalry has always generated high enthu-      bounds, and 13 steals. She is from Ft. Thompson, South Dakota. See Thunder-
siasm at both schools and this season is no exception. Going into the     birds schedule on p. 23.

U.S. Attorney pledges to work with tribal communities                                                                United Tribes Holiday
BISMARCK (UTN) – The top Federal                   a Martin Luther                                                   PrESIDENTS’ DAY
prosecutor in North Dakota intends to fol-         King Jr. Diver-
low the best traditions of the U. S. Justice       sity Day program
Department in protecting the civil rights          at United Tribes
of Native Americans living in the state.           Technical College
  U. S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon said            in Bismarck.
he will follow the example of the late Rob-          “I do not believe U.S. Attorney Timothy
ert F. Kennedy, who made civil rights a            that Native Ameri- Q. Purdon
priority when he was United States Attor-          can people can overcome decades of iso-
ney General in the 1960s.                          lation and poverty imposed upon them
  Purdon’s remarks came January 17 at                                                                                Monday, February 21 ★ No Classes ★ No Work
                                                                                Continued on page 5
     State agencies report to Tribes
                                                                              COMMON GROUND: Over
                                                                              two dozen directors and
                                                                              key managers of executive
                                                                              branch agencies of state
                                                                              government provided re-
                                                                              ports and updates to lead-
                                                                              ers and representatives of
                                                                              North Dakota tribes at the
                                                                              outset of the 2011 North
                                                                              Dakota Legislative Assem-
                                                                              bly in Bismarck. The reports
                                                                              highlighted ongoing rela-
                                                                              tionships and new initia-
                                                                              tives where the state and
                                                                              tribes are cooperating. The
                                                                              morning-long session on
                                                                              January 6 was organized
                                                                              by the North Dakota In-
                                                                              dian Affairs Commission,
                                                                              Scott J. Davis, executive di-
                                                                              rector at podium. In sum,
                                                                              the meeting provided a
                                                                              comprehensive summary
                                                                              and overview of common
                                                                              ground between the state
     DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News                                     and tribes.

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2              United Tribes News            Volume 20 - Number 2
Tribal and State Relations, a New Path
                         State of the Tribes 2011 Address
  By Tex G. Hall, “Ihbudah Hishi” (Red
   Tipped Arrow), Chairman of the
   Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation,
 Three Affiliated Tribes, Fort Berthold
          Indian Reservation

 To a Joint Session of the 62nd North
Dakota Legislative Assembly, January
  6, 2011, Bismarck, North Dakota

          reetings Governor Jack Dalrymple,
          Lieutenant Governor Drew Wrig-
          ley, distinguished legislators, our
military other elected officials, and fellow
citizens of North Dakota. It’s an honor and
a privilege for me to address this joint ses-
sion of the 62nd Legislative Assembly. I would
also like to recognize the Sovereign Native
Nations of North Dakota, and their Chair-
                                                    Chairman	 Tex	 G.	 Hall	 presented	 the	 Tribal/State	 speech	 before	 a	 joint	 session	 of	 the	 North	 Dakota	
persons: they are Chairwoman Myra Pear-
                                                    Legislature.	DENNIS	J.	NEUMANN/United	Tribes	News
son, Spirit Lake Nation; Chairman Merle St.
Claire, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa;           like to acknowledge his public service and                 treaty - for centuries, my ancestors lived
Chairman Charles Murphy, Standing Rock              continued support for the betterment of the                here along the river. They told us the earth
Sioux Nation; Chairman Robert Shepherd,             State of North Dakota.                                     is our mother and the river is our father and
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate; and Chairman                  I would like to congratulate newly elected              that we are the keepers of the earth. We still
Walter Moran, Trenton Indian Area Service.          Senator John Hoeven, who is no stranger to                 believe this and our commitment to care
I would like to take this time to acknowledge       serving in a leadership position for the great             for lands is life-long. According to the Fort
our Tribal Veterans, the drum group, tribal         state of North Dakota. I would also like to                Laramie Treaty, our homelands stretched all
council, management Team, and my family             congratulate Congressman Rick Berg, who                    the way down into what is now South Da-
for their representation, and service.              will also serve the people of North Dakota in              kota and over on in to Montana and Wyo-
   I was elected to the office of chairman of       a professional and motivated manner. I have                ming. But executive orders and other proc-
the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation for            had the pleasure of working with both of                   lamations whittled down the reservation to
a precedent-setting third term this past No-        these men in the past and I look forward to                the one million acres, today known as Fort
vember. As many of you know as leaders of           working with them in the future to make our                Berthold Reservation. Long before North
your respective communities, North Dako-            great State of North Dakota better for all our             Dakota became a State, the Ft. Laramie Trea-
tans are never afraid to step up to the chal-       citizens and our future generations to come.               ty established boundaries for us and recog-
lenge of serving their fellow citizens and I           I would like to begin by saying our ulti-               nized those Tribes who signed the treaty as
want to personally congratulate each and ev-        mate goal should be to implement a compre-                 Sovereign Nations. We are also recognized
ery one of you for your continued civil ser-        hensive plan that includes all of our citizens,            by the Constitution of the United States as
vice. It would not be fitting if I did not men-     Native and non-Native alike. One of my                     sovereign governments. This background is
tion at this time true examples of premiere         main concerns is that as the State of North                critical to the issues that I will speak about
leadership, and a legacy of self sacrifice, for     Dakota has prospered as a whole, our Native                today and it directly affects tribal-state rela-
the betterment of the whole State, as well as       populations have not, with limited overall                 tionships here in North Dakota.
the Nation. I would like to acknowledge re-         economies and resources, and a standard of                    There are a number of things that I would
tiring Senator Byron Dorgan, who leaves a           living that lags far behind that of the average            like to address today with the 10 points out-
history of being a true champion for North          citizen of the State of North Dakota.                      lined by my administration and tribal coun-
Dakota citizens, who will I hope, continue to          The MHA Nation is the homeland of my                    cil, to ensure that these priorities are clearly
serve in some capacity to help the people of        people, the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara.                   defined for the Governor’s office and the
North Dakota. Congressman Earl Pomeroy              The reservation was established by the Fort                legislators as well, so when they meet with
also deserves a big thank you, and I would          Laramie Treaty of 1851. But long before the
                                                                                                                                                  Continued	on	page	14

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  Graduate puts culinary skills to work                                                                      Un i t e d Tr i b e s

                                                                                                         Technical College
                                                                                                        United Tribes Technical College is dedicated
                                                                                                        to providing American Indians with
                                                                                                        postsecondary and technical education in
                                                                                                        a culturally diverse environment that will
                                                                                                        provide self-determination and economic
                                                                                                        development for all tribal nations.

                                                                                                       • United Tribes Technical College is a premiere
                                                                                                         college, a leader in Tribal education, arts, and
                                                                                                         cultural preservation; technology; research;
                                                                                                         and the humanities.
                                                                                                       • UTTC foresees a campus community with
  Josiah	Jacobs	at	the	University	of	Mary	Dining	Center	UTTC	Nutrition	and	Foodservice	Photo             state-of-the- art facilities.
  By Jill F. Keith, MS, LRD, Nutrition and Foodservice Instructor                                      • UTTC aspires to be self-sustaining in line
                                                                                                         with its mission for tribal self-sufficiency and
     A recent graduate of the United Tribes               A Nutrition and Foodservice field experi-    • Most importantly, UTTC envisions skilled,
                                                                                                         knowledgeable, culturally-grounded, healthy
  Nutrition and Foodservice Program has                ence includes hands-on opportunities, like        graduates who will achieve their educational
  landed a job in the culinary field following         cooking and food preparation, and custom-         goals; empower their communities; and
  mid-year graduation. Josiah C. Jacobs (Fort          er service. It improves skills and confidence     preserve the environment, tribal land, water,
                                                                                                         and natural resources.
  Peck Tribe) walked the stage and received            in food industry requirements. Completing
  his diploma at the Fall Honoring ceremony            the hours at local facilities and businesses                        VALUES
  December 17. Now he’s working in the food-           puts UTTC students in position to begin         • United Tribes Technical College Board of
                                                                                                         Directors, Administration, Staff, Faculty, and
  service industry.                                    full-time employment following gradua-            Students are guided in their actions by the
     During his final semester at UTTC, Josiah         tion.                                             following values:
  completed 150 field experience hours at the             Josiah’s academic work resulted in many
                                                                                                         U – Unity                   T – Traditions
  University of Mary Dining Center. Upon               honors and accolades as a graduate of the         N – Native Americans        R – Respect
  completion, he was offered a full-time posi-         program. He also received a Nutrition and         I – Integrity               I – Independence
  tion and he started after graduation.                Foodservice/Land Grant scholarship and            T – Trust                   B – Bravery
                                                                                                         E – Education               E – Environment
     His field experience supervisor spoke             recognition in Who’s Who Among College            D –Diversity                S – Spirituality
  highly of his work ethic and the knowledge           Students.
                                                                                                       • United Tribes affirms these values as being
  and enthusiasm he shared with his fellow                Congratulations Josiah!                        representative of the tribal medicine wheel
  employees at the University of Mary.                                                                   concept. This takes into consideration an
                                                                                                         individual’s physical, intellectual, cultural,
                                                                                                         and emotional wellness. When these ideals

  Valentine’s Day Candy-making
                                                                                                         are practiced, the UTTC community will
                                                                                                            United Tribes Governing Board
  By Jill F. Keith, MS, LRD, Nutrition and Foodservice Instructor                                      UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
                                                                                                        UNITED TRIBES OF NORTH DAKOTA

  W      ant to surprise your sweetheart this
         Valentine’s Day?
    Learn the art of candy molding during a
                                                          This class is FREE and open to the United
                                                       Tribes Campus Community.
                                                          You will make and decorate like a profes-
                                                                                                                STANDING ROCK TRIBE
                                                                                                                Charles W. Murphy, Chairman
                                                                                                              THREE AFFILIATED TRIBES
                                                                                                                  Tex Hall, Chairman
  fun class.                                           sional.
    Sign up now for the candy molding class               Come prepared to have some fun and                 SISSETON-WAHPETON OYATÉ
                                                                                                                Robert Shepherd, Chairman
  taught by Annette Broyles, UTTC Nutrition            make some delicious chocolate candies just
                                                                                                       TURTLE MOUNTAIN BAND OF CHIPPEWA
  and Foodservice instructor.                          in time for Valentine’s Day!                           Merle St. Claire, Chairman
    The class is scheduled for Thursday, Feb-             To register, call me at x1234, or e-mail                 SPIRIT LAKE TRIBE
  ruary 10 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.                                                          Myra Pearson, Chairperson

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DISABILIT Y U.S. Attorney pledges...
SUPPORT                                              Continued from page 1

                                                                                                                                                        Bismarck	Tribune	photo	by	Leo	LaLonde
SERVICES                                             by the reservation system until, first and
                                                     foremost, they feel safe in their homes and
    United Tribes Technical College                  communities,” said Purdon. “As the chief
    recognizes its responsibility for making         federal law enforcement officer for North
    reasonable accommodations to ensure              Dakota, my goal is to improve public safety
    there is no discrimination on the basis          in Indian Country. The second goal is to
    of a disability as established under             have a small part in the Department of Jus-
    section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act            tice’s long history in civil rights.”
    and the Americans with Disabilities                 Purdon was sworn in five months ago as
    Act. Reasonable support services,                North Dakota’s eighteenth U. S. Attorney.
    accommodations, and appropriate                  Since August, he said he has visited all of
    referrals are coordinated through the            the state’s reservations, meeting with lead-
    office of Disability Support Services.           ers of tribal government, law enforcement,
                                                     social services, and tribal courts.                 Atty.	Gen.	Robert	Kennedy	visited	Bismarck	in	1963	
    The UTTC office of Disability Support              “I’m just beginning my process of trying          for	 the	 National	 Congress	 of	 American	 Indians	
    Services is a resource for all UTTC              to reach out to tribal communities and help
                                                                                                         20th	Annual	Convention.
    Students with a documented disability            affect positive change,” he said.                   infant mortality rate 33 percent higher than
    from a licensed professional and is                 Purdon noted that January 21, 2011marked         for whites. In tribal communities a Native
    committed towards supporting the                 the 50th anniversary of Robert Kennedy’s            American is 229 percent more likely to die
    student in accessing all UTTC Academic           swearing in as attorney general. He de-             in a car crash than a white person. The mur-
    Programs. The DSS office collaborates in         scribed Kennedy’s commitment to enforc-             der rate in tribal communities is 61 percent
    assessing students’ needs and provides           ing civil rights laws for African-Americans.        higher than the rest of the country. And the
    appropriate reasonable accommodations            He said Kennedy ensured that the law pre-           suicide rate is 62 percent higher.
    in a timely manner.                              vailed and not the forces of bigotry, hatred          “These problems have not been solved. So,
                                                     and violence. That, he said, was a tremen-          the struggle for Native American civil rights
    UTTC Students are encouraged to                                                                      is far from over,” he said.
                                                     dous contribution to the Civil Rights move-
    schedule an appointment and visit                                                                       Purdon said he sees Robert Kennedy as
    with the Disability Support Services                                                                 his guidepost when thinking about what
                                                       “I would hope that Robert Kennedy holds
    Coordinator in promoting self advocacy                                                               he can do to help. In his office in Fargo,
                                                     a special place for Native Americans,” said
    towards Academic Success within                                                                      he said he has a framed photo of Kennedy
                                                     Purdon. “The cause of Native American
    the United Tribes Technical College
                                                     civil rights was something he cared deeply          when he spoke to the NCAI in Bismarck. It
                                                     about as well.”                                     shows Kennedy being presented with a full
                                                        In September of 1963, Kennedy traveled to        eagle-feather headdress by a member of the
                                                     Bismarck to address the National Congress           Standing Rock Tribe.
                                                     of American Indians at their 20th annual              “Every time I look at that photograph it
                                                     convention. As part of his remarks he said          reminds me of the responsibility (we) have,
                                                     that the Native American had been “the vic-         not just to the enforcement of our criminal
                                                     tim of racial discrimination in his own land.”      laws, but also to the enforcement of our civ-
                                                     He noted the statistics at the time: an infant      il rights laws,” he said. “I look to that photo-
                                                     mortality rate two times that of whites, and        graph often as I begin this journey reaching
                                                     a life expectancy 20 years less than whites.        out to tribal communities.”
                                                       “Forty-seven long years ago the Attorney             While the prosecution of violent crimes
             DSS COORDINATOR:                        General of the United States came to Bis-           in tribal communities comes first and fore-
                                                     marck and addressed these problems,” said           most, Purdon said, it is just as important to
                Tammy Kelsch
                                                     Purdon. “You would think that, at some              enforce civil rights laws so Native Ameri-
       Jack Barden Center • Room 215                 point, those problems would be dealt with           cans know the Justice Department stands
            701-255-3285 x 1465                      and fixed.”                                         with them against the forces of bigotry, ha-
                                                        But the statistics haven’t changed in 50         tred and ignorance.
              Fax: 701-224-7230                      years, he said. Indian Country now has an           Read Purdon’s entire speech at

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  Title-holder accepts role as community leader
  By Jessica Beheler, United Tribes Technical College

  “I     see the crown as much more than
         just being about the individual,” said
  Evereta Thinn, a 27-year-old Dine’ woman
  from the Navajo Nation in Arizona. “I’ve
  really wanted it to be more than just going
  around making appearances.”
     The crown, a shiny, unmistakable symbol
  of her reign, has been hers to wear since last
  fall, when she became the eighteenth Miss

                                                                                                                                                        DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News
  Indian Nations during the 2010 United
  Tribes International Powwow.
     “Each Miss Indian Nations has made it
  their own throughout the years; they’re the
  ones who decide how they want their year
                                                       Meet Miss Indian
  to run,” she said.
     Since its inception nearly 20 years ago,
  the pageant has been a showcase for tribal
  culture and not strictly a beauty contest in
  the sense of other pageants. Previous title-         Evereta	Thinn,	Dine’,	was	presented	to	the	audience	at	the	United	Tribes	International	Powwow	when	
  holders have been called upon by United              named	Miss	Indian	Nations	XVIII.
  Tribes to use their special talents in music         Or can I touch it? then can I wear it?” She        Nations have been of the appearances vari-
  and cultural awareness to make presenta-             smiles and continues, “Even to just let them       ety. At parades and entertainment events,
  tions before tribal and mainstream audi-             do that I think it gives them hope, some-          she raises awareness about tribes and tribal
  ences all over the country.                          thing to look forward to. Like, ‘I wanna be        people, and educates about the Dine’ (Nava-
     Thinn clearly enjoys the opportunity to           like her!’”                                        jo) culture as a Native ambassador. But she
  travel. She makes it a point to visit schools           Thinn started competing in pageants in          aspires to do projects with an impact.
  wherever she goes and reach out to kids.             college and was crowned Miss Indian Ari-              “As a title holder, I think you are looked
     As a child growing up in Shonto, Arizona,         zona State University 2003-04, Miss Indian         at as a leader in the community,” said Thinn.
  with fewer than 1,000 people, Thinn never            Arizona 2007-08, and Miss Indian World 1st         “We look up to our leaders…they should
  heard about tribal royalty.                          Runner-Up 2009.                                    provide some type of community service or
     “Let’s see, we have one store, one laundry           In college she earned a bachelor’s degree       community project.”
  mat and a chapter house for the people who           in political science and American Indian              Her priority community project is to be
  represent us. Oh, and the nearest Wal-Mart           studies from Arizona State University, Tem-        able to hold a youth conference, or create a
  is about an hour away!”                              pe, AZ. She plans to continue her education        conference-like tour, to inspire young peo-
     In Shonto, like small communities                 by studying international law. She hopes           ple and encourage and motivate them to fol-
  throughout Indian Country, everyone                  to lobby for indigenous issues once she re-        low their dreams and passions.
  seems to know everyone else.                         ceives a law degree and eventually enter the          “If you want to go to school, if you have
     “I really care about the kids and I under-        Peace Corps.                                       an artistic ability or talent, don’t be afraid to
  stand that it takes a community to raise a              Thinn recently started an internship in         keep on going. It’s time that young people
  kid and I know that because my community             Washington, DC with the Substance Abuse            step into the roles of leadership and prepare
  has helped me get to where I am.”                    Mental Health Service Administration un-           to become leaders,” she said. “And not forget
     Asked how children respond to her, she            der the U.S. Department of Health and Hu-          our young kids because we want to make
  laughed and said the most commonly asked             man Service, and is also attending Ameri-          sure they have the right tools as they grow
  question is about the crown: “Is the crown           can University part time.                          up to make decisions for us too.”
  really made out of metal? Or is it real heavy?          Many of her engagements as Miss Indian
                                                                                                          Jessica Beheler is a multi-media producer in
                                                                                                          the United Tribes Office of Public Information.
                           To Contact Miss Indian Nations:
                                                                                                          Her work appears on the United Tribes
           Sharon Clairmont, 701-255-3285 x 1499,;
                                                                                                          Facebook page and the education section of
             or visit the website:
                                                                                                          Dakota Media Access TV.

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    Domesticother stay safe...
         Please Stop                                                                                      STAY SAFE, STAY ALIVE.
                                                                                                                   UTTC respects your privacy
                                                                                                                      and confidentiality.

    Lets help each                                                                                       WE WANT YOU TO BE SAFE.
                                                                                                                   Julie Beston Sage,
    If you have any questions or concerns about domestic violence,                                                 Domestic Violence Advocate
      my office is in the Wellness Center. I am available M – F, 8-5.                                             United Tribes Technical College
    You may call UTTC Security to get in touch with me after hours.
                                                                                                                   701-255-3285 x 1456
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        Center. Their hours are 8-4, M – F. 701-222-8370. After hours 1-866-341-7009.
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                       Tribal Cooks Workshop
        Monday, March 7 beginning at 1 pm until
             noon Friday March 11, 2011
      If you plan the menus, maintain the inventory, prepare and serve food to young children
      in childcare settings, the elderly at senior centers, residents of treatment centers or justice
      centers this is a skill building workshop for you. The workshop will be held in the Nutrition
      and Foodservice Department on the UTTC campus. Register early only 20 people will be
      able to participate.

      The cooks attending this hands-on workshop will study food safety and be able to take the
      National ServSafe® exam. Culinary skills such as knife use, plating, spices and herbs will be
      taught by a local chef. Nutrition recommendations will be reviewed and menus planned to
      meet the special needs of the audiences served.

      Tentative Schedule
      Monday 1 pm                       Welcome and Introductions
                                        Nutrition Update
      Tuesday                           Food Safety update
                                        Food preparation skills (meat, poultry, fish)
      Wednesday                         Menu planning and food purchases
                                        Culinary Skills (vegetables and fruits)
      Thursday                          Portion sizes and food service
                                        Food preparation skills (beans, rice, pasta)
      Friday                            National ServSafe® exam

      The $150 registration fee will cover food costs and expenses for the National ServSafe®
      book and exam fee. Interested cooks can contact Pat Aune, UTTC Land Grant Director
      and Food Safety Educator at (701) 255-3285 x 1399 or email

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                                                                                Academic Calendar
      February 16 ...................................................................................... College Career Fair
      February 21 .........................................................................President’s Day (No Classes)
      Feb. 28 – March 4 ................................................................................ Mid-Term Exams

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                                                                                                    DR. PHIL BAIRD participated in a panel
                                                                                                 presentation about Minority-serving Land
                                                                                                 Grant Institutions At the USDA Food and
                                                                                                 Agricultural Leadership Conference Decem-
                                                                                                 ber 7-9 in Arlington, VA. His presentation
                                                                                                 covered the origins and current activities of
                                                                                                 1994 Tribal land grant colleges and universi-
                                                                                                                                      – USDA

                                                                                                    GRACE BULLTAIL (Crow), joined the
                                                                                                 United Tribes faculty and will focus on de-
                                                                                                 veloping a new pre-engineering program.
                                                                                                 She will work closely with UTTC STEM di-
                                                                                                 rector DR. JEN JANACEK-HARTMAN, who
                                                                                                 also chairs the college’s Tribal Environmental
                                                                                                 Science program.
                                                                                                                                    – Phil Baird

                                                                                                   CAROL ANDERSON, Business Manage-
                                                                                                 ment department chair, underwent knee re-
                                                                                                 placement surgery on December 17 and will
                                                                                                 be on medical leave for most of the Spring
                                                                                                 2011 semester.
                                                                                                                               – Phil Baird

                                                                                                    PATRICK BECKER, Business and Office
                                                                                                 Technology faculty member, has been collab-
                                                                                                 orating with the North Dakota Department
                                                                                                 of Corrections in exploring the offering of
                                                                                                 coursework at the State Penitentiary. During
                                                                                                 its 40 year history, UTTC has periodically
                                                                                                 engaged in similar activities.
                                                                                                                                 – Phil Baird

                                                                                                    RAY DINGEMAN was toasted and roasted
                                                                                                 January 20 at a reception in his honor in the
                                                                                                 Skill Center. The Criminal Justice Depart-
                                                                                                 ment Chair-Instructor returned to the Bur-
                                                                                                 leigh County Sheriff ’s Department after eight
                                                                                                 years at UTTC. His exemplary instruction
                                                                                                 and advising for an average of 60-70 students
                                                                                                 per year earned him an AICF-TCU Faculty
                                                                                                 of the Year Award in 2009 and the everlasting
                                                                                                 respect of his colleagues.
                                                                                                                                  – Phil Baird

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                                                                         Legal Notice

                                    Important information about the
                                   $3.4 billion Indian Trust Settlement

                               For current or former IIM account holders,
                      Owners of land held in trust or restricted status, or their heirs

       There is a proposed Settlement in Cobell v. Salazar, a class action                      What does the Settlement provide?
       lawsuit about individual Indian land held in trust by the federal         •	 A	$1.5	billion	fund	to	pay	those	included	in	the	Classes.
       government. This notice is just a summary. For details, call the          •	 A	$1.9	billion	fund	to	buy	small	interests	in	trust	or	restricted	
       toll-free number or visit the website listed below.                          land owned by many people.
       The lawsuit claims that the federal government violated its duties        •	 Up	 to	 $60	 million	 to	 fund	 scholarships	 to	 improve	 access	 to	
       by (a) mismanaging trust funds/assets, (b) improperly accounting             higher education for Indian youth.
       for those funds, and (c) mismanaging trust land/assets. The trust         •	 A	 government	 commitment	 to	 reform	 the	 Indian	 trust	
       funds include money collected from farming and grazing leases,               management and accounting system.
       timber sales, mining, and oil and gas production from land
       owned by American Indians/Alaska Natives.                                                       How much can I get?
       If you are included in the Settlement, your rights will be affected.      •	 Historical	Accounting	Class	Members	will	each	get	$1,000.
       To object to the Settlement, to comment on it, or to exclude              •	 Trust	Administration	Class	Members	will	get	at least	$500.	
       yourself, you should get a detailed notice at                             •	 If	you	own	a	small	parcel	of	land	with	many	other	people,	the or by calling 1-800-961-6109.                            federal government may ask you to sell it. You will be offered
                                                                                    fair market value. If you sell your land it will be returned to
                             Can I get money?
                                                                                    tribal control.
       There are two groups or “Classes” in the Settlement eligible for
       payment. Each Class includes individual IIM account holders or            If you believe you are a member of either Class and are not
       owners of land held in trust or restricted status who were alive          receiving IIM account statements, you will need to call the toll-
       on September 30, 2009.                                                    free number or visit the website to register.

       Historical Accounting Class Members                                                             What are my other rights?
                                                                                 •	 If	 you	 wish	 to	 keep	 your	 right	 to	 sue	 the	 federal	 government	
       •	 Had	 an	 open	 individual	 Indian	 Money	 account	 (“IIM”)	               about the claims in this Settlement, you must exclude yourself
          anytime between October 25, 1994 and September 30, 2009,                  by April 20, 2011.
                                                                                 •	 If	you	stay	in	the	Settlement	you	can	object	to	or	comment	on	it	
       •	 The	account	had	at	least	one	cash	transaction.                            by April 20, 2011. The detailed notice explains how to exclude
       •	 Includes	estates	of	account	holders	who	died	as	of	September	             yourself or object/comment.
          30, 2009, if the IIM account was still open on that date.              The	 U.S.	 District	 Court	 for	 the	 District	 of	 Columbia	 will	 hold	
                                                                                 a hearing on June 20, 2011, to consider whether to approve the
       Trust Administration Class Members                                        Settlement. It will also consider a request for attorneys’ fees,
       •	 Had	 an	 IIM	 account	 recorded	 in	 currently	 available	 data	 in	   costs,	 and	 expenses	 in	 the	 amount	 of	 $99.9	 million.	 	 However,	
          federal government systems any time from approximately                 Class Counsel has fee agreements that would pay them 14.75% of
          1985 to September 30, 2009, or                                         the funds created for the Classes, which could result in an award
       •	 Owned	trust	land	or	land	in	restricted	status	as	of	September	         of	$223	million.		The	Court	may	award	more	or	less	than	these	
          30, 2009.                                                              amounts based on controlling law. If approved, these payments
                                                                                 and related costs will come out of the Settlement funds available
       •	 Includes	estates	of	landowners	who	died	as	of	September	30,	           for payment to Class Members.
          2009 where the trust interests were in probate as of that date.
          This means you have asked a court to transfer ownership of             If you wish, you or your own lawyer may ask to appear and speak
          the deceased landowner’s property.                                     at the hearing at your own cost. For more information, call or go to
                                                                                 the website shown below or write to Indian Trust Settlement, P.O.
       An individual may be included in one or both Classes.                     Box	9577,	Dublin,	OH	43017-4877.	

            For more Information:                                 1-800-961-6109                   

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Spring Term Student Orientation

STARTING OUT RIGHT:	 Spring	 semester	 orientation	 was	 conducted	 January	                 Construction	 Technology.	 Students	 at	 orientation	 listened	 to	 briefings	
2-4	 as	 part	 of	 the	 routine	 for	 new	 students	 entering	 United	 Tribes.	 Counselor	   and	 were	 involved	 in	 workshops,	 talking	 circles,	 campus	 tours	 and	 family	
Vivian	 Gillette	 helped	 set	 up	 the	 admissions	 records	 for	 three	 Standing	 Rock	     activities,	and	a	“First	Year	Experience”	class.	They	took	meals	in	the	newly	
students:	Thalia	Flying	Horse,	Small	Business	Management;	Elizabeth	Bullhead,	               renovated	 United	 Tribes	 Cafeteria,	 where	 they	 heard	 a	 talk	 from	 David	 M.	
Business	and	Office	Technology;	and	Francis	Bullhead.                                        Gipp,	college	president.	DENNIS	J.	NEUMANN/United	Tribes	News

                                                                                                                          Nursing Education
Students receive briefing                                                                                                 Loan Repayment
                                                                                                                          Applications due February 8, 2011

                                                                                                                          T    his selective program of the U.S. Gov-
                                                                                                                               ernment helps alleviate the critical
                                                                                                                          shortage of registered nurses currently expe-
                                                                                                                          rienced by certain types of non-profit health
                                                                                                                          care facilities by helping nurses working at
                                                                                                                          them to repay their student loans.
                                                                                                                             In exchange for the initial two years ser-
                                                                                                                          vice commitment, participants receive 60
                                                                                                                          percent of their total qualifying nursing ed-
                                                                                                                          ucation loan balance. For an optional third
                                                                                                                          year of service, participants may receive 25
                                                                                                                          percent of their original total qualifying
                                                                                                                          nursing education loan balance.
                                                                                                                             For information on eligibility require-
                                                                                                                          ments and how to apply, visit: http://www.
TIPS FOR TEACHERS:	 Josh	 Askvig	 of	 the	 North	 Dakota	 Education	 Association	 visited	 United	 Tribes	                   Applicants selected to receive funding
January	 13	 to	 brief	 students	 in	 the	 Teacher	 Education	 Program.	 Askvig	 provided	 an	 overview	 about	
programs	 and	 services	 of	 the	 association	 and	 its	 student	 organization.	 United	 Tribes	 has	 a	 student	         will be notified no later than September 30.
chapter	and	 UTTC	 student	 Ro	 Begay	 is	 the	 current	 President	 of	 the	Student	North	Dakota	Education	                  Applicants who submitted complete ap-
Association.	DENNIS	J.	NEUMANN/United	Tribes	News                                                                         plication packages, but are not selected for
                                                                                                                          funding, will be notified in October.

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   Remembering Y2K
   By Dr. Phil Baird, Vice President, Academic, Career & Technical Education

   Now entering                                           in 2007, and the college’s 40th anniversary in
                                                          2009, ranking UTTC as an elder among the

   another decade                                         nation’s tribally-controlled postsecondary
                                                          institutions of higher education. And inter-

   of progress                                            est grew in the WWII history of Fort Lin-
                                                          coln, the college site.

                                                             We said goodbye to friends, colleagues
          or the opening of the Spring 2011 se-           and leaders with the passing of people like
          mester, I offer a warm welcome to the           Austin Angel, Art Link, August Little Sol-
          new and returning students and staff            dier, Ann McLaughlin Kuyper and Margaret
   at United Tribes Technical College.                    Teachout. Time and tide took many of our
      OMG is it January 2011?!!!                          own family members – husbands, moms,
      The significance of that date hit me like a         dads, grandmas and grandpas.
   two-year-old piece of fry bread. We weren’t                                                             Phil	Baird
                                                             The accomplishments, challenges and
   just saying goodbye to another year; a whole           events of the Y2K decade were both impres-          The Criminal Justice program will also be
   decade was gone.                                       sive and bittersweet. It’s a sure bet now in     expanded to coordinate specialized law en-
      Do you remember where you were when                 2011 that we’ve entered another decade of        forcement training for Tribal and BIA offi-
   Y2K rolled around?                                     progress.                                        cers. A new crime scene and weapons simu-
      At the stroke of midnight, I was watching              What’s on the immediate horizon?              lator in the Science and Technology building
   my “hunka” parents, Wayne and Patty Evans,                By the end of January, three academic de-     will bring state-of-the-art technology to Bis-
   exchange vows in South Dakota’s He Sapa.               partments – Computer Information Tech-           marck to be shared by students and local law
   Later that first day of 2000, I stopped at Prai-       nology, Criminal Justice, and Nursing – will     enforcement personnel alike.
   rie Knights and took in the wedding celebra-           complete office relocations into the new Sci-       Speaking of technology, the Nursing fac-
   tion of Kurt and Melanie Luger.                        ence and Technology building, the first facil-   ulty will complete training this Spring on a
      UTTC was involved in its own achieve-               ity on the south campus.                         new nursing clinical simulator, acquired as
   ments then. A major land acquisition of 132               The General Education faculty will final-     part of a cost-share partnership with other
   acres ushered in the dream of expansion on             ize their space consolidation in the Edu-        nursing programs in the state. This technol-
   the new campus.                                        cation Building. At the same time, prep          ogy will become important as the program
      A year later, the college was completing its        coursework will undergo closer assessment        prepares for its five-year evaluation next Fall.
   comprehensive self-study and preparing for             regarding student learning and academic             Did I mention the college is planning for a
   another successful accreditation evaluation.           promotion. A Native American studies mi-         Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program,
   The new academic program initiative was                nor will continue development.                   and maybe a welding training component?
   “web-based education.” By 2003, UTTC be-                  The Tribal Environmental Science pro-            If there’s one event that signals the kind
   came the first tribal college to offer accred-         gram will be situated closer to Tribal land      of progress we can expect from the new
   ited online degree programs. The seeds were            grant programs and lab resources in the Skill    decade, it is the on-site accreditation evalu-
   also planted for the introduction of bacca-            Center, making for better collaboration and      ation this spring of the NCA-Higher Learn-
   laureate programs.                                     resource sharing. A new TES faculty mem-         ing Commission. It was ten years ago when
      Over the past 10 years we have construct-           ber will shape the new pre-engineering pro-      the last comprehensive visit occurred. An
   ed many new campus facilities: Jack Barden             gram with a focus on water resources.            abundance of talent and energy on campus
   Student Life and Technology Center; Itan’can              The college’s Teacher Education program       contributed to the self-study. It is clear that
   Hall co-ed dorm; Lewis Goodhouse Well-                 will have completed a long-awaited review by     UTTC will be rewarded when the NCA con-
   ness Center; August Little Soldier apartment           the N.D. Education Standards and Practices       sultant-evaluators arrive April 18-20.
   complex; Human Resources office building;              Board. A successful evaluation will certify         So, to the students and staff, welcome
   Spirit of the Plains Art gallery, and multi-           the baccalaureate program as “the real deal.”    again. You’ve not only arrived on campus for
   purpose room added to the gym.                         Next in line will be the curricula of Business   Spring semester, you’ve entered another de-
      Toward the latter part of the decade, we            Administration and Criminal Justice being        cade of progress at United Tribes.
   marked important commemorations, like                  assessed as upper division programs.
   President David M. Gipp’s 30th anniversary

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   Tribal and State Relations... C
   their committees they will have a roadmap             Energy Division. We currently have 87 ac-          capacity within North Dakota. In particu-
   for improving relations between Tribal and            tive wells producing on the reservation with       lar, the absence of a natural gas pipeline on
   State Governments.                                    another 11 wells drilling and an additional        the western portion of the Reservation has
      These matters are not in order of impor-           41 wells waiting on completion of a pipeline       caused the natural gas produced from these
   tance but I would like to clearly state for the       system.                                            wells to be lost into the atmosphere rather
   record the following points:                             Without proper road maintenance the             than being gathered and transported to
      First of all I would like to thank the 60th        current system cannot keep up with the in-         market. This lack of infrastructure is result-
   Session of the State Legislature for support-         creased volume of traffic in our area. Safety      ing in a significant loss of revenue, taxes and
   ing and approving Senate Bill 2419, our Trib-         is also a concern that must be closely exam-       royalty payments. The lack of infrastructure
   al/State Tax Agreement. This was introduced           ined not only for Tribal members and non-          is detrimental to the Tribe, the allottees and
   by Senate Majority Leader Bob Stenehjem               Tribal members but for safety of the envi-         the operators on the Reservation. The MHA
   and Representative Rick Berg. This agree-             ronment.                                           Nation supports a comprehensive infra-
   ment has provided much needed revenue for                Current economic indicators and fore-           structure solution that will serve all needs of
   the tribe. We would like to ask that Senator          casts predict that we have yet to witness even     oil activity, in particular the allottees on the
   Majority Leader Stenehjem please stand up             higher levels of development. According to         Reservation, in gathering and transporting
   and be recognized.                                    recent data, the Bakken has one well which         oil and gas from individual wells.
      While this agreement served its purpose            has been producing more than 3,000 bar-               We thank the State of North Dakota for
   in 2007, our roads are in very poor shape             rels a day. The formation is located in the        their efforts to work with us in order to fur-
   due to intense oil and gas traffic, which was         counties of Mountrail, McKenzie and Dunn,          ther our development. We currently are im-
   unpredicted just a few years ago, and has hit         which all lie within the boundaries of the         plementing systems of regulations and en-
   us like a tsunami. We will experience record          Fort Berthold Reservation. In an effort to         suring that these regulations will safeguard
   oil well drilling activity within the next few        produce safe, responsible energy develop-          the environment, but also will allow for
   years. We do not have adequate funding                ment plans, we will maximize the develop-          meaningful enhancement of our economic
   from the BIA, state, and or tribal funds to           ment of our resources, but more importantly        growth and development for the MHA Na-
   repair these roads, so we would like to reex-         we will safeguard our environment for the          tion. As a sovereign Nation, the MHA Na-
   amine our existing agreement.                         future health and welfare of our Tribal mem-       tion should benefit from the oil and gas
      We are asking the State of North Dakota            bers. Currently, environmental statutes stifle     development by participating in the work-
   to acknowledge the ownership of the Mis-              energy development.                                ing interest side of oil and gas development,
   souri River bed as the MHA Nation’s, which               Funding is vital for new infrastructure.        and not just getting royalties and taxes. We
   is outlined in our 1851 Ft. Laramie Treaty.           Due to lack of infrastructure, all the flaring     currently have to negotiate through a multi-
      We the Tribes of North Dakota would like           releases harmful toxins into the air, when         tude of governmental agencies, including 49
   to pursue an economic plan and policy with            the MHA Nation could increase revenue              steps to drilling an oil well. We are looking to
   the state of N.D. to help with our huge un-           and protect the environment if it had the in-      streamline this process.
   employment rates, as high as 70% on some              frastructure to collect natural gas from the       2. Tax Agreement
   of our Native communities.                            well head to a pipeline. The transportation           The rapid exploration and development
      Our Tribal Colleges have been a huge suc-          of oil utilizing a pipeline would reduce traffic   of the oil and gas industry continues to
   cess for training our tribal members and will         and improve the safety of our roads. There         have a major economic and social impact
   be a great resource as we move into develop-          are over 100 wells on our Reservation so far       to our Reservation. The Tribal government
   ing viable economic plans to put our people           and we expect over 1,000 more. But we don’t        and the State of North Dakota have realized
   to work.                                              have the infrastructure or the staffing to sup-    significant direct and indirect revenues for
   1. Oil & Gas Development                              port maximum and planned development               governmental support. Our Tribal govern-
      Our new tribal administration has been             endeavors. If this funding is not provided,        ment has seen a dramatic and substantial
   working hard to revamp our oil and gas di-            the Tribe will not be able to sustain this oil     increase of revenue provided by the current
   vision to become more proactive, while tak-           and gas development and this will stop our         taxation system of the oil and gas industry.
   ing an active role in our oil and gas devel-          growing economy in its tracks. There is a          The agreement provides a tax rate attribut-
   opment, including exploration, production,            critical need for pipeline infrastructure on       able to the production and extraction of oil
   infrastructure, and a better price.                   the Reservation to transport oil, natural gas      at 11.5%. The agreement provides that the
      We are of the firm belief we will become           and natural gas liquids to market. Oil pro-        State shall administer and pay the Tribe fifty
   more sovereign by the barrel.                         duction outside the Reservation has grown          percent (50%) of tax proceeds on trust land
      The lack of basic infrastructure is the            exponentially over the past several years and      and twenty percent (20%) of the same on
   number one priority for the MHA Nation                is taking up most of the existing pipeline         non-trust land.
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Continued from page 3
     There are several points of concern with
  regard to the current circumstances that the
  MHA Nation now faces. These concerns are:
     • Increased structural damage to land and
       roadways due to heavy oilfield traffic
     • Negative environmental impact

                                                                                                                                                           DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News
     • Increased risk of traffic injuries and
     • Increase in population with attendant
       increase in crime, violence, illegal drug
       trafficking, reservation-wide demand for
       housing and costs of living increase
     • Increased and unreasonable demands
       on a law enforcement systems with inad-
       equate resources and jurisdictional con-
       cerns over non-Tribal members                  Hall	was	congratulated	by	Lt.	Governor	Drew	Wrigley	and	Governor	Jack	Dalrymple	(at	right)
     In summary, I strongly recommend that
  we diligently explore any opportunity to re-        ments and repair jobs far exceed the amount           rate and a 33% poverty level rate. This is a
  examine the current Tax Agreement with              of revenue generated.                                 huge waste of human capital.
  the State of North Dakota. We need a more           4. Government to Government                              As North Dakota Tribes, we intend to
  equitable and effective agreement. Although            Consultation                                       change these circumstances and statistics.
  increases in revenue are evident, there is a           As Tribal Leaders, we are aware of our             The MHA Nation plans to create a business
  shortfall of monetary resources to adequate-        unique relationship with Federal, State and           development office on the Fort Berthold
  ly address the impact of increased oil and gas      local governments set forth in the Consti-            Reservation. Tribal leadership, including
  development.                                        tution of the United States, treaties, statues,       myself, meet with President Obama to pres-
  3. Roads                                            court decisions, and executive orders and             ent our priorities that include economic de-
     Our Nation covers about 1,544 square             memorandums placed on us. Similar to the              velopment efforts, and the need for develop-
  miles, covers six counties, and according           Presidential Executive Order May 14, 1998,            ing a comprehensive plan.
  to the most recent BIA inventory of Indian          that requires every federal agency to consult            The Tribes of North Dakota will work to
  Reservation Roads, it shows that we have            with Indian Tribes prior to any adverse ac-           develop an economic plan that may include
  approximately 1,097.7 miles of road. An ad-         tion that would affect them, we the Tribes of         legislation in your upcoming session to sup-
  ditional 664.4 miles of county roads and 150        North Dakota are requesting a consultation            port our efforts.
  miles of state-owned roads are located with-        policy with the State of North Dakota.                   As Chairman, I filed the permit to build a
  in the boundaries of the reservation.               5. Economic Development                               refinery in 2003, and the permitting process
     The increased activity which includes               Economic development is very crucial to            is still moving toward approval, yet today,
  heavy truck traffic and pedestrian vehicles         the longevity of our people. Our ancestors            there is still no final outcome. Cumbersome
  has already resulted in a higher number of          planned with seven generations in mind as             regulations delay the progress of this project.
  traffic fatalities in the past two years alone.     they progressed as nations and brought their          Our tribe has prioritized the MHA Nation
  The current road-bed system located within          tribal membership thru ever-changing times            Clean Fuels Refinery Project to obtain the
  the reservation was not constructed to with-        and difficulties.                                     EPA permit this year and we would welcome
  stand and bear the weight and volume of                North Dakota Tribes have huge economic             any support from the State of North Dakota.
  traffic associated with an oil boom. One of         potential including energy, oil and gas, wind,           These are the challenges that we face as
  my council members estimated that nearly            hydro power, biomass, grazing, farming and            Tribal Nations when we attempt to develop
  $350 million is needed to meet the demands          businesses including Lakota Technology;               economically as a nation. The clean fuels re-
  of the activity taking place on the reserva-        MHA Systems; Standing Rock Wireless;                  fineries permit needs to be approved and it’s
  tion. We have requested that the regional           Sioux Manufacturing; Chippewa Technol-                long overdue. A pipeline needs to be built to
  office in Aberdeen support an engineering           ogy and the Inter-Tribal Economic Alliance.           this refinery and development will be good
  study to assess and estimate factual costs for         However, our Tribes of North Dakota have           for our economy and the sustainability of
  building this road system to support current        the highest unemployment and poverty rate             our roads. The Tribe has asked for quick ac-
  traffic. The current BIA Highway system is          in the United States and in Indian Country.           tion with regard to the regulatory issues we
  beyond its life span and the list for improve-      The figures indicate a 50% unemployment                                             Continued	on	page	16

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   have encountered. The building of a pipeline             • Identify off reservation factors that af-    negotiations or litigation with the federal
   to handle the natural gas emission is neces-               fect the tribe’s water supply and future     government on defining and securing such
   sary. These economic ventures and similar                  growth.                                      water rights for the current and future needs
   activities will create jobs and revenue not              More importantly we also must pay spe-         of their respective reservations. In many in-
   only for our Tribe but for the State of North         cial attention to the Army Corps of Engi-         stances an adversarial relationship develops
   Dakota.                                               neers proposed System Storage Study.              because the water in the area, including both
      The 1944 Flood Control Act, which took                The COE is proposing to impose a multi-        surface water and ground water, has been
   over 156,000 acres of land from the MHA               year (up to seven years) moratorium on al-        prior-appropriated to non-Indian users,
   Nation for the purpose of creating a dam,             lowing access to waters of Lake Sakakawea         leaving little or no water for the Tribal needs.
   and which permanently inundated those                 while they do a ‘system storage study.’ The       In the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation
   lands, provided a promise to the Tribe and            intent of the study is to determine if there is   area, there currently is significant unappro-
   State of a federally funded irrigation project.       available water in Lake Sakakawea for MRI         priated water, with an apparent abundance
      The original concept was for a project             (municipal, rural, and industrial) purposes.      of water for the foreseeable needs of both
   to encompass over 1 million acres of land.               If there is such available water, then the     Tribal and non-Tribal interests. The MHA
   Now, nearly 70 years later from that act, that        COE proposes to charge the users of such          Nation is looking at studying our current
   promise is still unrealized. We have identi-          water a fee; such money to be used by the         and future water needs.
   fied over 100,000 acres of highly potentially         federal government to offset the initial costs       The Tribe believes that sufficient water is
   irrigable lands within the reservation adja-          of building the dam and for ongoing opera-        available in Lake Sakakawea for the needs of
   cent to Lake Sakakawea.                               tional costs of the dam. The fee applies only     all users of the State of North Dakota, includ-
      The Tribe has performed preliminary                to users taking water from Lake Sakakawea,        ing both Tribal users and non-Tribal users.
   studies which indicate that such a project            which of course includes Tribal access and        However we are concerned about requests
   would provide a huge and significant posi-            use of the water. Users downstream or up-         for allocations of such water by downstream
   tive economic impact for both the reserva-            stream from the Lake (in the natural river        interests beyond the borders of the State of
   tion and the State of North Dakota.  Ad-              channel) would not have a charge for using        North Dakota. In order to establish a right
   ditionally the potential irrigation project           any water.                                        for the waters of Lake Sakakawea which will
   would encourage and allow for a beneficial               This is an issue in which the MHA Na-          have primacy over any downstream or non-
   use of water from the Missouri River system           tion and State have common ground and             Tribal water right, the Tribe intends to look
   for our Tribe and the State of North Dakota.          common interests.  The MHA Nation and             at options that may include pursuing a fed-
      We urge the State of North Dakota to               the State of North Dakota have paid enough        erally authorized water quantification effort.
   continue to support the study and develop-            for the “privilege” of having the Garrison        7. Missouri River Bed Ownership
   ment of a Fort Berthold Irrigation Project.           Dam. The Three Affiliated Tribes sacrificed          The Missouri River Bed, within the exte-
   The Tribe understands that the state has sig-         over 156,000 acres of prime land for the          rior boundaries of the Fort Berthold Indian
   nificant water development funds available            Lake.                                             Reservation, belongs to the Mandan, Hidat-
   from oil development which is occurring in               Additionally the Tribe and State are treat-    sa, and Arikara Nation. Any revenue gener-
   the northwest portion of the state, including         ed collectively by the Corps as secondary         ated from river bed oil leases belongs to the
   the lands of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Ari-             beneficiaries of the Lake with our common         Tribe. The Missouri river is a trust asset and
   kara Nation. We believe that reinvestment             interests subjugated to the interests of the      the MHA Nation views this trust asset as an
   of a portion of those revenues in an area ir-         downstream interests.                             important natural resource. When the Unit-
   rigation project, for the benefit of residents           When downstream interests need water,          ed States flooded our homelands in 1948 as
   of both the Reservation and the State, is ap-         they are provided such water even if it means     a result of the construction of the Garrison
   propriate and equitable.                              economic, social, and cultural damage to the      Dam, our reservation – our homelands were
   6. Water Usage                                        State and Tribe. Similarly, when the down-        displaced. This flooding of our homelands
      The recognition of reserved water rights           stream interests have too much water, the         placed the Missouri river bed in a trust as-
   and the Winters Doctrine must be acknowl-             State of ND and the Tribe are tasked with         set status. Prior to the flooding, the Missouri
   edged. The MHA Nation has Reserved Pri-               holding water even if such actions are to the     river bed was our homeland. We will work
   mary Rights to our water and these rights             disadvantage of the State and Tribe.              towards resolving this very critical issue.
   must be acknowledged.                                    The MHA Nation joins the State of North        8. Transfer of Excess Lake Shore
      Most importantly, we strive to:                    Dakota in opposing any moratorium of use             The return of the excess lands has been a
      • Provide practical strategies for protect-        of water from Lake Sakakawea and any im-          political issue for many years. The sole pur-
        ing Tribal rights;                               position of federal fees for such water.          pose in requesting the transfer of the lake-
      • Implement on-reservation regulation of              In recent years many Tribes of the west-       shore is to hold the United States to the many
        water use;                                       ern United States have entered into either                                       Continued	on	page	19

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                                                                                                             CENTER FOR
    THE LEWIS GOODHOUSE                                                                                  ACADEMIC & PERSONAL
      WELLNESS                                                                                          (Formerly The Center for Student Success)

                                                                                                                LEWIS GOODHOUSE

                                                                                                                 WELLNESS CENTER
                                                                                                                  Monday - Friday
                                                                                                               8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                                         Offering Noon Hour Coverage
                                                                                                          Appointments Encouraged…
                                                                                                             Walk-Ins Welcomed!
                                                                                                         In case of an after-hour emergency:
                                                                                                          Contact UTTC Security Department
                                                                                                            (701) 255-3285 ext. 1200, 1300
                                                                                                          An on-call staff member will be con-

                                                                                                        MISSION STATEMENT:
                                                                                                        The CA&PC is committed to the UTTC
                                                                                                        student by providing professional
                                                                                                        and cultural development services to
                                                                                                        enhance life-long learning, personal
                                                                                                        growth and educational success.

                                                                                                        VISION STATEMENT:
                                                                                                        A holistic, healthy student is the cen-
                                                                                                        ter of our vision. This includes social,
                                                                                                        mental, physical and spiritual growth
                                                                                                        in support the UTTC student in an
                                                                                                        increasingly changing environment of
    The Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center houses UTTC’s Community Wellness                                learning.
    Services. UTTC has made a major commitment to the health and wellness of                            VALUES:
    our students, staff and visitors within the campus community. United Tribes                         We will provide standards of ethical
    Technical College promotes a safe environment to experience diverse cultures,                       conduct to protect the well-being of
                                                                                                        our students. We value the quality
    sample the mainstream, and focus on building the student’s future in a good                         of student life and are committed to
    way on their path of “Life Long Learning”.                                                          honor and respect all Native Americans
                                                                                                        and their cultures. We express our val-
                                                                                                        ues through listening, confidentiality,
    The Wellness Center provides a multi-disciplinary approach enhanced by                              trust, honesty, competence, integrity,
    professionally trained staff. The departments included are: Center for Academic                     courtesy, and serving our students with
    & Personal Counseling, Chemical Health, Disability Support Services, Domestic                       care and professionalism at all times.
    Violence Advocate, Resident Life - Single Student Housing, Strengthening
    Lifestyles, and Student Health.                                                                     The Center for Academic & Personal
                                                                                                        Counseling offers a variety of services.
                       Mission Statement: Our Wellness Center believes in a                             Such services are held in the strictest
                                                                                                        of confidentiality. The services include,
                        holistic approach, blending cultural practices with the                         but are not limited to:
                         best in physical, emotional, mental and spiritual care. The
                         Wellness Center provides students and staff with state of                      • Supportive Academic & Personal
                                                                                                          counseling (Individual, family, group)
                         the art exercise equipment along with counseling services                      • Assisting in the transition to UTTC
                        and healthy living guidance to include support of spiritual                       Community life
                       growth utilizing traditional methods.                                            • Supportive Counseling Consultation
                                                                                                        • Referral services
                                                                                                        • Mediation services
                                                                                                        • Intervention services
                                                                                                        • Campus Wellness &
                                                                                                          Educational activities

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         2011 CAMPUS
                       “Just Move It”
                 Nutrition and Fitness Program
                         Healing Room
              Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center
       Each Tuesday through April 26, students, staff and
       faculty are encouraged to participate in “Just Move
             It,” the Nutrition and Fitness Program.

        Nutrition and Wellness topics, exercise activities
         and a check-in for measurements and weight
        changes are included in 30 minute sessions with
           additional time for walking or exercising.

                        Walking Club
                       Through April 26
           *Walking in the gym during cold weather;
            Treadmills count towards miles walked.
                  20 laps in large gym = 1 mile
              *Must sign in to keep track of miles
              Group Walks (weather permitting)
               Meet in front of Wellness Center:
               12 to 12:30 p.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m.

                    Volleyball League
                      Through April 27
                   Each Wednesday @ 6pm
                   Game Time is Forfeit time
                     Multi-Purpose Room

                    More information
             Tamera Marshall, 255-3285 x 1492

         March 7-11, 2011: Leaders of Character, BIA
         March 15-17, 2011: Drug Identification of Uniform Police Officers, FLETC RPI
                                                                                                        Dates & details
         March 22-24, 2011: Reid Interviewing and Interrogation, FLETC RPI                             subject to change
         March 28-April 1, 2011: First Line Leadership, BIA
                                                                                                      More information:
         April 7, 2011: Gangs in Indian Country, FLETC RPI                                             Brent LaRocque
         May 5, 2011: Basic Criminal Investigations, FLETC RPI                                      701-255-3285 x 1490
         June 16, 2011: Intelligence Led Policing for Rural Executives, FLETC RPI          

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CORRECTION                                             Tribal and State Relations... Continued from page 17

T   he tribal identification was incorrectly           promises it made to us in 1948, as our Tribe             • Maintain and sustain Tribal Languages
    reversed in the January edition of Unit-           reluctantly agreed to the forced flooding                  and the culture of North Dakota Tribes;
ed Tribes News for two mid-year graduates              of the most precious lands on our reserva-               • Work collectively with North Dakota
of the Tribal Management Program. Nilah                tion. The MHA Nation is still waiting for the              Tribal Colleges, North Dakota Univer-
M. Griffin is a member of the Omaha Tribe              transfer of the lakeshore lands to the Tribes              sity System, North Dakota Indian Affairs
of Nebraska and Tracey T. Brown is from                that are no longer needed for the Pick-Sloan               Office, and the North Dakota Depart-
the Standing Rock Tribe.                               and Garrison Diversion project.                            ment of Public Instruction (DPI) and
                                                          We already manage contiguous tribal                     create an Indian Education Office desk
                                          – Editor     lands. The return of the lands would assist                within DPI.
                                                       in developing tourism, recreation and eco-               I commend the 61st Legislature’s passage

                                                       nomic development opportunities for the               of HB 1394 which is providing much needed
                                                       MHA Nation. We look forward to working                financial assistance to the Tribal Colleges in
                                                       with the new congressional delegation for             North Dakota. I would like the support of
                                                       the return of our shorelines.                         the 62nd Legislative Assembly to increase the
                                                       9. Tourism                                            funding from $700,000 to $1,200,000 that
FELLOWSHIPS                                               The mission of our Tribal tourism pro-
                                                       gram is to protect, preserve and educate
                                                                                                             is included in the Governor’s budget for this
                                                                                                             biennium.  Tribal Colleges provide educa-
      Applications Now                                 the world about the living culture, history           tional opportunities for all citizens of North
                                                       and environment of our sovereign Nation-              Dakota regardless of race, yet the only fund-
      Available Online                                 Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people. MHA               ing we receive from the Federal Government
                                                       Tribal Tourism will create economic devel-            is for our Native American students.
 ND Council on the Arts                                opment opportunities that promote Tribal
                                                       tourism and create a sustainable economy
                                                                                                                We would also like to see an increase in
                                                                                                             CTE (Career and Technical Education)
   2011 Fellowships                                    for the people of the Fort Berthold Reserva-          funding. With the increase of oil activity in
                                                       tion. MHA Tribal Tourism will provide edu-            our area there is more need for monies to
Traditional Arts, Dance & Theatre Artists              cation and training while encouraging the             support vocational programs in the oil in-
                                                       understanding and acceptance of the Man-              dustry. Currently Fort Berthold Community
     • Two fellowships of $2,500 awarded               dan, Hidatsa & Arikara people.                        College receives approximately $80,000 to
       annually with different disciplines in             Recently the Tourism Director for our              support all vocational programs at our insti-
       each fiscal year                                Tribe was elected as the chairman of a newly          tution, which is not enough considering the
                                                       established alliance of the North Dakota              demands for increased training.
     • Draft review deadline: January 15, 2011         Tribes focused on bringing more visitors to              I would like to recognize the following
                                                       the original inhabitants of this great land.          legislators for their support and sponsorship
     • Final grant submission deadline:                We look forward to working with the State             of House Bill 1394 in 2009:
       February 15, 2011                               of North Dakota Tourism Office in develop-               Representative RaeAnn Kelsch, Chair of
                                                       ing comprehensive tourism plans.                      the House Education Committee, and Rep-
      • Early submission strongly encouraged.          10. Education                                         resentatives Jim Kasper and Dennis Johnson
                                                          Today, there are over 10,000 Native Amer-             Senator Layton Freborg, Chairman of the
     • Online grant system http://                     ican students in North Dakota schools with            Senate Education Committee, and Senators                          a graduation rate of only 57%. We can do              Tim Flakoll and Rich Wardner
                                                       better.                                               Closing Remarks
            More information:                             Some of the goals we have set for our stu-            In closing, I would like to thank Gov. Dal-
           NDCA 701-328-7590                           dents on Fort Berthold include:                       rymple and the North Dakota State Legisla-                   • Create and develop a comprehensive               ture for allowing me to present the State of
                                                            education plan for all students, birth           the Tribes Address, and I look forward to
     Grants are supported by the North Dakota               through adulthood;                               working with all of you in this 62th Legisla-
     Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the         • Develop a Tribal and State task force to         tive Assembly on all of our issues.
        National Endowment for the Arts                     address Indian education;

                                United Tribes Technical College is currently conducting a self study evaluation. A written report of its findings will be pro-
          UTTC                  duced for its NCA reaccreditation visit. The NCA comprehensive visit will take place April 18-20, 2011. If you have ques-
                                tions or comments regarding UTTC’s self-study experience, please send them to: To learn
       SELF-STUDY               more about the NCA accreditation process, visit the website:

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  THEODORE JAMERSON ELEMENTARY                                                                           UNITED TRIBES
                                                                                                  Parenting Classes
                                                                                                         Mondays at 6 pm

   Second Quarter TJES Honor Roll                                                                     Support Group

        CONGRATULATIONS!                                                                                 Noon Luncheon
                                                                                                      Meetings Every Tuesday

  N     evaeh Bear Eagle, 3rd grade, and Kobe McKay, 4th grade, had perfect attendance with
        zero tardies during first semester. Both were recognized at the TJES quarterly recogni-
   tion held January 14.
                                                                                                     Call to pre-register
                                                                                                  for lunch 255-3285 x 1323

                                                                             – Glenna Mueller            Wellness Center
                                                                                                        Wellness Classroom
        Grade                        Name                                           GPA
        4                            Trevin Yazzie                                   4.0
        4                            Daeshaun StrongHeart                             3.8
        4                            Kobe McKay                                       3.3
        4                            Tyler Bear Eagle                                 3.0
        4                            Larissa Fox                                      3.0
        5                            Tayla Blaine                                  3.833
        5                            MarLynn Cloud                                 3.833                   More information:
        5                            McKenzie Archambeau                           3.667              Lisa Stump, 255-3285 x1323
        5                            Devin Benson                                  3.667
        5                            Taylahni Jackson                              3.667
        5                            Kasa Lohnes                                   3.667
        5                            Kaeleigh Cain                                    3.5         2010-11 NATURE PROGRAM
        5                            Gwyneth High Elk                              3.333
        5                            Robert Sam                                    3.333
                                                                                                  SUNDAY ACADEMY
        5                            Talyn Shelltrack                              3.333             SCHEDULE
        5                            Ampo Thin Elk                                 3.333          TURTLE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
        5                            Dace Eagleman                                 3.167
                                                                                                  Feb. 13 ......“Muscle Contraction & Grip
        5                            Mayan Fox                                     3.167                        Strength”
        5                            Tayson Long Feather                              3.0         Mar. 6........“Laws of Electricity”
        6                            Chad Derby                                     4.00                    SITTING BULL COLLEGE
        6                            Trevan Long Feather                            4.00
                                                                                                  Feb. 13 ......“Muscle Contraction & Grip
        6                            JoLynn Windy Boy                               3.60                        Strength”
        6                            Ozzy Belgarde                                  3.40          Mar. 6........“Hydrogen Bonding & Surface
                                                                                                                Tension of Water”
        6                            Elissya Feather Earring                        3.40
        6                            Jelani Foote                                   3.40          CANKDESKA CIKANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
        6                            Daryl Jones                                    3.40          Feb. 13 ......“Muscle Contraction & Grip
        6                            Kaylean Lohnes                                 3.40                         Strength”
                                                                                                  Mar. 6 ........“How Acidic They Are”
        6                            Mary Charboneau                                3.00
        7                            Marlaysia Cloud                                3.60                      FORT BERTHOLD
                                                                                                            COMMUNITY COLLEGE
        7                            Elijah Feather Earring                         3.40
        7                            Hayden Strong Heart                            3.20          Feb. 13 ......“Muscle Contraction & Grip
        7                            Shanna Douglas                                 3.00          Mar. 6........“Fun with Physics & Computers”
        7                            Hallie McDaniel                                3.00
                                                                                                      UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
        7                            Shyla McKenzie                                 3.00
        8                            Zachary Burdick                                3.80          Feb. 13 ......“Muscle Contraction & Grip
        8                            Marques Has Horns                              3.40          Mar. 6........“Food Safety: The Importance &
        8                            Briarrose Little Bird                          3.20                        Analysis of Aflatoxin in Corn”

20 	        United	Tribes	News	 		     	        	        Volume	20	-	Number	2	      	        	    	
Tribal-related Legislation
     North Dakota Legislature                       Flu season fast upon us
• HB 1003 Portion relating to an increase           By Bill Wuolu, United Tribes Safety Director
  in funding for the ND Indian Scholarship
  Program within the ND University System
• HB 1003 Portion relating to an increase in       U     nited Tribes has a flu vaccine for mem-
                                                         bers of the campus community. To set
                                                    up an appointment, please contact Sue Big
                                                                                                              viruses that circulate during the flu sea-
                                                                                                              son, which can also cause flu-like symp-
                                                                                                              toms such as rhinovirus. Flu vaccine
  funding for the Tribal College Assistance
  Grant program of the ND University Sys-           Eagle at the Student Health Center at x 1247.             will not protect a person from respira-
  tem; for non-beneficiary students attend-         Also available to answer your questions                   tory bacterial illnesses that is not caused
  ing tribal colleges                               about the flu are Student Health Center                   by the flu virus.
• HB 1005 NDIAC Appropriation, includ-              Nurses:  Charmelle Fuchs (x 1331) or Lucie              • A person may be exposed to an influ-
  ing increase in funding for the ND Indian         Gall (x 1409).                                            enza virus that is very different from
  Youth Leadership Academy and a new ap-                                                                      the viruses included in the vaccine. The
  propriation for suicide prevention efforts        Influenza FAQ’s                                           ability of a flu vaccine to protect a per-
• HB 1049 DPI study to provide for reports          Q: Can a flu shot give you the flu?                       son depends largely on the similarity
  to the legislature (Tribal/State Relations        A: No, it cannot. The flu virus in the flu shot           or match between the viruses or virus
  Committee)                                           are inactivated (killed), which means                  in the vaccine and those in circulation.
• HB 1198 Allocation to counties a portion of          they cannot cause infection. Manufac-                  There are many influenza viruses.
  the state’s share of oil and gas gross produc-       turers kill the viruses used in the vaccine          • Unfortunately, some people can remain
  tion tax revenues from production within             during the process of making the vac-                  unprotected from the flu despite getting
  the Fort Berthold Reservation; to provide            cine.                                                  the flu vaccine. This is more likely to oc-
  for retroactive application                       Q: Why do some people not feel well after                 cur among people that have weakened
• HB 1208 UND nickname and logo                        getting a flu shot?                                    immune systems or the elderly. How-
• HB 1257 UND nickname and logo                     A: Common side effects from the flu shot                  ever, even among these people, a flu
• HB 1263 UND nickname and logo                        are soreness at the injection site last-               vaccine can still help prevent complica-
• HB 1268 Allocation between counties and              ing two days. It is caused by the person’s             tions.
  the state general fund of oil and gas gross          immune system making productive an-                Q: Is it too late to get a flu shot?
  production tax revenues from production              tibodies to the killed viruses in the vac-         A: No. Vaccination can still be beneficial as
  within the Fort Berthold Reservation                 cine. These antibodies are what allow the             long as influenza viruses are circulating.
• HB 1298 Relating to the creation of a state          body to fight against the flu. Rare symp-             CDC recommends that providers begin
  ethics committee.                                    toms include fever, muscle pain, and feel-            to offer the vaccinations as soon as the
• HCR 3004 To direct the Legislative Man-              ings of discomfort or weakness. These                 vaccine becomes available in the fall, but
  agement to study Indian education issues,            symptoms generally occur soon after the               if you have not been vaccinated you can
  including a fair and equitable allocation of         injection and can last from 1-2 days. Treat           be protected if you get one later. Sea-
  all state and federal educational funding            symptoms with over the counter medica-                sonal influenza usually peaks in January
  (Tribal/State Relations Committee)                   tions such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.                   or February most years, but disease can
• SB 2051 Relating to enhanced penalties            Q: What about people who get a seasonal flu              occur as late as May.
  for conviction of discrimination in public           vaccination and still get sick with the flu-       Q: Is the stomach flu really the flu?
  places, aggravated assault, and harassment           like symptoms?                                     A: No. Many people use the term flu to de-
  involving a hate crime (Tribal/State Rela-        A: There are several reasons why this may                scribe illnesses with nausea, vomiting
  tions Committee)                                     happen:                                               and/or diarrhea. These symptoms can be
• SB 2052 Relating to an enhanced penalty             • People may be exposed to one of the                  caused by many different viruses, bac-
  for conviction of criminal mischief involv-           influenza viruses in the vaccine shortly             teria or even parasites. While vomiting,
  ing a hate crime (Tribal/State Relations              before getting vaccinated or during the              diarrhea and being nauseous or sick to
  Committee)                                            two week period of time that it takes the            your stomach can sometimes be related
• SB 2053 Relating to extension and duties of           body to gain protection after getting the            to the flu, more commonly in children
  the committee on tribal and state relations           vaccination.                                         than adults, these problems are rarely the
  (Tribal/State Relations Committee)                  • People may become ill from the non-flu               main symptoms of influenza.
• SB 2130 Appropriation to fund a director
  of Indian education in the Department of
  Public Instruction                                         
           More information:
    Chadwick	Kramer,	ND	Indian	Affairs	            
 Commission,	701.328.2406,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                               DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News
DENNIS J. NEUMANN/United Tribes News

                                                                                                                                                           HOME GAMES:	 The	 United	 Tribes	 Thunderbirds	
                                                                                                                                                           teams	each	played	five	home	games	in	January.	At	
                                                                                                                                                           left,	6’4”	sophomore	James	Bagwell,	Highland	Park,	
                                                                                                                                                           MI,	attacked	the	basket	for	two	of	his	19	points	in	
                                                                                                                                                           the	 game	 against	 Dawson	 Community	 College.	
                                                                                                                                                           Above,	5’8”	freshman	Shanaye	Packineau,	Parshall,	
                                                                                                                                                           ND,	 scored	 several	 key	 baskets	 down	 the	 stretch,	
                                                                                                                                                           including	this	one	inside,	in	the	January	20	game	
                                                                                                                                                           against	BSC.	Packineau	had	18	in	the	80-75	win.

                                       Thunderbirds February/March Schedule
              15................................... Dakota College @ Bottineau ............. M&W ....................... 6-8 pm
              22................................... Northern State University JV ............ W ................................ 6 pm
                                                                                                                                                                           MORE INFORMATION:
              MARCH                                                                                                                                                    Daryl Bearstail, Athletic Director
                                                                                                                                                                             701-255-3285 x1361
              15-19.......................................NJCAA.Men’s.Division.II.Championships................................ Danville,.ILL...
                 HOME GAMES IN BOLD

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       HELEN MAYNOR                                    Cross Country - Nationals
   W       e at United Tribes express our con-
           dolences to family, friends and col-
   leagues of Helen Maynor Scheirbeck, who
   entered the Spirit World December 19 at her
   home in Maryland. She was 75.
      We knew her as an activist who expanded
   educational opportunities for American In-
   dians and led efforts for greater self-deter-
   mination. Later she became a top official of
   the NMAI.
      Among her contributions to the cause of
   Indian education: she succinctly wrote the
   first draft of what became the Tribal College
   legislation in 1974. It was the beginning of
   what became the Tribally Controlled Com-
   munity College Act of 1978, which has been
   renewed again and again providing untold            RUNNING REVIEW: Men	 and	 women	 members	 of	 the	 United	 Tribes	 Cross	 Country	 team	 competed	
   support and resources.                              November	14,	2010	at	NJCAA	Nationals	in	Greenville,	South	Carolina.	From	left,	Jayli	Fimbres,	Alvina	
      She was a great friend.                          Wolf,	Justin	Many	Ribs,	Lane	Standish,	Patrick	Wolf	and	Hanna	Hellekson.	The	team	was	coached	by	
                                – David M. Gipp        Dolly	Hellekson.	United	Tribes	News	photo	Dolly	Hellekson

   SMSC Annual Wacipi is                                     United Tribes                                  ND Indian Child Welfare
                                                         Welcome Back Powwow                                & Wellness Conference
   August 19-21, 2011
                                                                  February 12, 2011                                   February 2-4, 2011
     The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Com-                           1:00pm-6:00pm                                  Radisson Inn • Bismarck, ND
   munity 2011 Wacipi will be held Friday                     Traditional Meal will be served                  Topics: Wellness, cultural and cross-
   through Sunday, August 19-21 at the pow-                   All Dancers receive Day Money                Cultural Perspectives, Bullying, and Gangs
   wow grounds on the SMSC reservation near
   the Twin Cities at Prior Lake, MN.                       For more information contact:                          For more information contact:
     The public is invited. Twelve invited                   Lance White (701) 255-3285 x1572                     Anita Charging, (701) 255-3285 x1398
   drums will provide songs for the dancers.
   Grand Entries will be held at 7 p.m. on Fri-
   day, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 1
   p.m. on Sunday.
     More information 952-445-8900 or www.

             THE DATE
   HOLDResearchers National
               Conference in STEM
     A conference to help students enhance
   their science communication skills and to
   better understand how to prepare for sci-
   ence careers in a global workforce.
                Washington, D.C.
               February 24-26, 2011
                More information:
        Donna Behar (
      Registration deadline January 28, 2011

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                                              STUDENT FOCUS:
                                              By Nathan Stratton, Associate VP Enrollment Mgmet. & Student Finance

                                              Rolenthea Begay
                                              Diné Nation
                                              ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

                                             R     olenthea’s family saw an advertisement
                                                   for United Tribes Technical College
                                              and encouraged her to find out more. She
                                              had been planning to go to Arizona State
                                              University, but was attracted by the fact
                                              that a Tribal college offered the education
                                              she wanted. Rolenthea tells of arriving on
                                              campus and finding a community where ev-
                                              eryone was generous and respectful of her                     Currently, she and other UTTC educa-
                                              traditions and language.                                   tion students are actively participating in
                                                 Ms. Begay has earned the respect of her                 the Outreach to Teach Program, travelling
                                              colleagues throughout North Dakota and                     to under-resourced schools to help with
                                              was elected President of the Student North                 renovations and maintenance.
                                              Dakota Education Association. She was the                     Rolenthea plans to return to the Dine
                                              first Native American student to hold this                 Reservation and teach elementary school
                                              office, and the first UTTC student.                        when she completes her baccalaureate de-
                                                 As SNDEA President, she represents the                  gree. Her professional goal is to promote the
                                              student teachers of North Dakota on a                      importance of education to the students she
                                                 national level, attending conferences and               serves. She hopes to one day earn her Mas-
                                              leading community service initiatives.                     ter’s degree as well.

                                                United Tribes Technical College

                                               COLLEGE CAREER FAIR
    Meeting dates:
      February 9, 2011
       March 9, 2011
       April 13, 2011
        May 4, 2011

                                                               More information: Lorraine Pompana
                                                             701-255-3285 x1447,       February 16, 2011
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   Accreditation Self-Study Entering New Phase
   NCA visit just ahead                                  their personal educational goals. That is the     out in the com-
                                                         reward for them and us.                           munity, sharing
   By Russell Swagger, Vice President                       Our students are smart, capable, and need      information and
   Student & Campus Services
                                                         to be challenged intellectually and globally      creating forums

           he New Year brings a renewed sense            to prepare them for their future. The ques-       for learning and
           of hope and spirit that are comforting        tion is whether our students make necessary       understanding
           as we look forward to our upcoming            gains in their knowledge, skills and abilities    the process, its
   reaccreditation visit with the Higher Learn-          as a result of their educational experience       purpose and your
   ing Commission of the North Central Asso-             here.                                             role.                 Russell	Swagger
   ciation (NCA) of Colleges and Schools.                   Students, parents, tribes and employers           A five-member
      My optimism about UTTC’s future is                 have a right to expect educational results.       visiting team has been assigned and ap-
   based on my reflections about the self-               What we strive to produce are students who        proved. Mark your calendar, the visit is
   study journey we have been on. Many have              are prepared to continue their higher learn-      scheduled for April 18-20, 2011. I have talked
   worked hard and the process has been an               ing and/or enter the marketplace and con-         with the team’s chair and we are preparing
   organization-wide effort. Developing a doc-           tribute their skills and abilities to improving   an agenda and working on logistics. Ad-
   ument to “Share our Stories” about United             their communities as productive tax-paying        ministratively, we have accepted a final draft
   Tribes involved students, staff, faculty, ad-         U.S. and Native American citizens.                of the self study document and are seeking
   ministrators and our board of directors,                 Our self-study examination suggested           board approval to print and distribute it.
   along with experts at the Higher Learning             some opportunities where we can strength-            I want to thank the members of our Self-
   Commission and other UTTC associates.                 en our educational system. These op-              Study Steering Committee, its executive
   I thank each person who committed time,               portunities, along with our strengths and         committee members, Dr. Robert Appleson
   effort and resources to help examine our or-          challenges, are outlined in our self-study        of NCA, our board of directors, President
   ganization and create a document reflecting           document. Your input was gathered through         David M. Gipp and the United Tribes Ad-
   our work and purpose. This work was not               Professional Development Day sessions and         ministrative Council, students, staff, and the
   easy but it was definitely rewarding.                 other formal and informal sessions over           faculty for supporting and guiding the pro-
      I value my role as chair of this important         the course of the past several years. Your        cess and making the road easier.
   effort. I truly embrace it as an opportuni-           thoughts and ideas are expressed in this             I especially want to thank Kathy Johnson
   ty. It allowed me to spend more time with             document.                                         and Leah Hamann for starting and stick-
   people throughout our organization and                   Based on my discussions with NCA staff,        ing with the process; Dr. Stacie Iken for
   gain insights into the valuable work they do.         the knowledge I gained from annual NCA            the assistance, edits and undivided atten-
   It is particularly through our contact with           conferences, and other conversations and          tion to the development of the document;
   students that we share the belief that we can         readings, I believe United Tribes is a strong     Dorvin Froseth for his leadership with the
   improve our work and create a more robust             candidate for reaccreditation for its asso-       resource room; Mark Mindt for his work
   and comprehensive learning environment.               ciate of applied science degrees. I further       on the NCA characters; Sandy Erickson
   We know that we must continue to chal-                believe we are a strong candidate for full        of Arrow Graphics in designing the docu-
   lenge ourselves to help students achieve              accreditation for our online programs and         ment; Nathan Stratton and Monte Schaff for
                                                         three bachelor degree programs.                   their work on important details; Lisa Azure
                                                            As we close out the documentation phase        (PhD Candidate) for her important work on
       As	chair	of	the	United	Tribes	Self-Study	         of the reaccreditation process, I am confi-       online and bachelor degree program devel-
       Steering	 Committee,	 I	 challenge	 UTTC	
                                                         dent in our ability to demonstrate our ca-        opment; Dr. Kurt Linberg for his assistance
       to	 embrace	 the	 AQIP	 process	 in	 the	
       future,	as	opposed	to	the	PEAQ	process	           pacity to continue to provide a quality edu-      with financial modeling and online pro-
       that	we	currently	use.	I	believe	that	we	         cation even in the face of tough economic         grams; Suzan O’Connell for her intellectual
       are	organized	and	poised	to	make	this	            times and challenging expectations.               challenges and writing contributions; Shir-
       significant	change.	I	further	believe	that	       On-Site Visit – April 18-20                       ley Bordeaux for her assistance on finan-
       the	times	we	are	living	in	will	require	us	
                                                            Now we now need to shift gears and turn        cial status; Dennis J. Neumann for his fine
       to	constantly	evaluate	and	improve	our	
       organization	 to	 remain	 competitive	 to	        our attention toward preparing ourselves          and accurate news coverage of our process;
       produce	 quality	 educational	 results.	          for the actual NCA visit. We will be pre-         and to our dearly departed colleague Anne
       Please	 visit	 to	 learn	         paring the resource room, a CD for certain        Kuyper for nourishing our spirit, vision and
       more	about	each	of	these	processes	and	           documents, our appendix and other impor-          physical well-being.
       why	I	make	this	recommendation.
                                                         tant details. Look for our committee to be           Megwitch!
                               – Russell Swagger

26 	          United	Tribes	News	 		       	         	         Volume	20	-	Number	2	        	         	       
United Tribes Technical College will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit
April 18-20, 2011, by a team representing the Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. United Tribes Technical College
has been accredited by the Commission since 1982.

It is accredited at the Associate of Applied Science degree levels, and offers degree
programs on campus as well as online. The HLC evaluation team will be reviewing the
College’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

Through the upcoming evaluation process, UTTC will also be requesting Commission
approval to offer Baccalaureate degrees and to expand its online programs.

     United Tribes Technical College Self-Study
                              In preparation for the comprehensive visit, the College has been engaged in a self-study, addressing the
                  Commission’s requirements and criteria for accreditation. UTTC is using the self-study as an opportunity to gather
                   and share its stories about the impact and success of the college. We would like to provide an opportunity for the
                              public to share their stories of their experiences and interactions with United Tribes Technical College.

               Among the areas considered in the self-study have been the College’s ability to address the following:

                                             • Mission and Integrity • Preparing for the Future • Student Learning & Effective Teaching
                                                           • Acquisition, Discovery & Application of Knowledge • Engagement & Service

The public is invited to submit comments regarding United Tribes Technical College to:

Public Comments on United Tribes Technical College
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic
programs. Written, signed comments must be received no later than March 18, 2011. Comments must
be in writing and signed, and will not be treated as confidential.
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  Classes underway in new building
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 NEW DIGS: Students in three vocational programs were the first to take               nology instructors also began teaching in the bright, new building. In use at
 instruction in the newly constructed United Tribes Science and Technol-              present are classrooms and offices on the main floor. As the first structure
 ogy building. Practical Nursing Instructor Sharon Zwinger (at left) start-           on the south campus, the 38,000 square foot building is a symbol of college
 ed Spring semester on January 5, the first day of classes, with this group           growth and expansion.
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