United Tribes News Speech Archives2012 Martin Luther King Jr./Diversity Day
United Tribes Technical College
16 January 2012
David M. Gipp (Hunkpapa Lakota)
David M. Gipp has been the leader of United Tribes Technical College since 1977. He is an enrolled citizen of the Standing Rock Tribe. He was educated at the University of North Dakota (1969) and holds a Doctorate in Laws, Honoris Causa, from North Dakota State University (1991) for his contributions in developing tribal higher education.
He was honored in 1992 with an award from Coretta Scott King for his work in establishing the North Dakota observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. He was chairman of the state commission that successfully lobbied the 1991 Legislature to adopt the day as a State Holiday.
Chase Iron Eyes, Guest Speaker
Chase Iron Eyes is a Native American attorney and writer, who advocates for Indigenous rights and spiritual dignity. He was raised at Standing Rock, lives in Bismarck and practices law in the Dakotas. He is involved in the movement to end the practice of using Indians as mascots and nicknames. He also works for the protection of sacred sites, including Bear Butte near Sturgis, South Dakota.
Iron Eyes believes in tribal sovereignty and having Native people flourish in today's world based on principles and values that indigenous peoples are regaining. His writings are featured in major Native American print publications and online sites. At the beginning of 2012 he launched the website "Last Real Indians" (www.lastrealindians.com), featuring original work by writers, artists and other Native contributors who bring an indigenous perspective to subjects that impact Indian country and the global community at large.
He was recently selected for the Bush Foundation's third cohort of Native Nation's Rebuilders. He is married to Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle, a Bismarck pediatrician; they have three children.
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