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Three Affiliated donates vehicles to United Tribes
24 January 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College is the beneficiary of a generous donation from one of its governing tribes. Three Affiliated Tribes of the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation donated a fleet of law enforcement vehicles to the college in Bismarck.

      Chief of Security James Red Tomahawk (Standing Rock) accepted the donation on behalf of United Tribes during a December 5 visit to the tribe's headquarters and law enforcement facilities west of New Town, ND.

The Three Affiliated Tribes donated law enforcement vehicles to United Tribes through the tribe's police department.
TAT photo Glenda Embry

      The tribe donated 15 fully equipped law enforcement vehicles that were previously used by the tribe. UTTC will repurpose them to serve in campus security and safety work, and for use by personnel of the college's Student Health Center. They'll also be put into service for education in the college's Criminal Justice education and training programs.

      "I'll be showing students how to operate the light bars, radars, cameras and other specialized equipment in these units," said Red Tomahawk. "It's part of the learning process to help students gain some familiarity with how this kind of equipment works."

      Five of the units are in running condition. The others will either be repaired and reconditioned by the UTTC Transportation Department, Red Koch, director, or used for their parts and equipment. All have been transported to the campus.

      The vehicle donation was facilitated by former UTTC Security Officer Dustin Krueger and Nelson Heart, both with the Three Affiliated Tribal Police Department.

      Accompanying Red Tomahawk to accept the donation was: UTTC Security Secretary Autumn Gwin (Three Affiliated) and UTTC Transportation Dept. employee Thomas Mc Carty (Three Affiliated). The group presented gifts from the college as a 'thank you' for the tribe's generosity, and a letter of appreciation from United Tribes President David M. Gipp and Vice President Russell Swagger. The gifts were accepted by the tribe's Chief of Staff Karen Rabbithead.

      More information James Red Tomahawk, Chief of Security, United Tribes Technical College, 701-255-3285 x 1300, jredtomahawk@uttc.edu.


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