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Giago to keynote education summit at UTTC
14 April 2012

BISMARCK (UTN) - Tim Giago, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe and founder of the Native American Journalists Association, is keynote speaker for the seventh North Dakota General Education Council Summit on Friday, April 20 at United Tribes Technical College.

      Giago is synonymous with Native American journalism and publishing. He founded his first newspaper, the weekly Lakota Times, in 1981. Re-named Indian Country Today in 1992, he served as editor and publisher for 18 years, building it into the largest independent Indian newspaper in America before selling it. He started the Lakota Journal in 2000 and Native Sun News in 2009. He retired from news writing in 2011 but continues to write a syndicated column.

Tim Giago

      He founded NAJA in 1984 and served as its first president . He holds honorary doctoral degrees from Bacone College in Oklahoma, Nebraska Indian Community College at Winnebago, Neb., and Sinte Gleska University at Rosebud, SD.

      Giago studied business and journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno and was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship in Journalism to Harvard University in 1990-1991. He has lectured on Indian issues and journalism at many colleges and universities around the country.

      He was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1994 and is the first Native American ever to be inducted into the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

      His most recent work involves racial unification in South Dakota through events that bring Indians and whites together, such as the Central States Fair, the Black Hills Powwow and the Lakota Nation Invitational Tournament.

      Giago will address the seventh North Dakota General Education Summit, the first to be held on a tribal college campus. Attending will be educators from the North Dakota University System, tribal colleges and private institutions. The gathering will explore how institutions with different missions can work together to prepare students to become successful professionals and citizens.

      For more information or to register, visit the North Dakota University System website: http://www.ndus.edu/system/councils/academic-affairs/general-education-summit/.


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