United Tribes News

Creed is coordinator of statewide program
19 January 2004

BISMARCK, ND - A United Tribes Technical College staff member has become the coordinator of a statewide substance abuse program. Julie Creed is the North Dakota Substance Abuse Coordinator for Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The new job was effective January 5 and her office will remain on the college campus connecting UTTC with the national program.

      "Julie Creed has an excellent academic and experiential background in the field of addiction counseling and related services," said UTTC President David M. Gipp. "Her work will target American Indian populations using state programs that serve them."

      "Our vision is to improve addiction treatment that is respectful of individual cultures and circumstances," said Creed. "We'll use technology, education, special publications and presentations that assist the addiction treatment workforce."

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Julie Creed now coordinates a statewide substance abuse program.

      UTTC is the first tribal college in the region to be affiliated with the ATTC Network, which serves 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands, and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

      The ATTC Network operates as 14 individual Regional Centers and a National Office. The Prairielands region includes North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska, with the regional office located at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

      Creed says the UTTC faculty and administration have been an inspiration to her. "The faculty not only are concerned about grades, but they go the extra mile to empower students to take their education back to reservations and improve the lives of others," she said.

      UTTC also represents a special approach in this field because the five tribes in North Dakota are unified in implementing and supporting state and national initiatives concerning Native Americans, said Creed.

      Creed is an enrolled member of Spirit Lake Nation, Fort Totten, ND. She is a licensed addiction counselor and received a degree in Addiction Counseling in 1997 from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

      Creed has worked as an outpatient addiction counselor in Fort Totten, ND; and as an addiction counselor for juveniles at Lake Region Correctional Center in Devils Lake, ND before working in the Student Support Services Program at UTTC as a counselor. She has four children: Jason, Nathan, Kristin, and Bethany.


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