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Reception to Honor College President
19 April 2007

BISMARCK (UTN) - A reception marking the 30th anniversary of David M. Gipp as United Tribes Technical College president is set for Wednesday, May 2 beginning at 2 p.m. in the Jack Barden Student Life and Technology Center.

      The event features entertainment and refreshments, and is open to the public.

David M. Gipp
A May 2 reception is scheduled to honor David M. Gipp for 30 years as college president.

      Gipp is the third individual to permanently lead the college since its founding by North Dakota tribal leaders in 1969. He was associated with the college in its formative years and began serving as executive director, now president, on May 2, 1977.

      His leadership is responsible for building United Tribes into one of the leading tribal colleges in the nation.

      Born at Fort Yates, North Dakota, Gipp is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His Hunkpapa Lakota name translates as Lone Star.

      Following his graduation in 1969 from the University of North Dakota with a degree in political science, Gipp was a developmental planner for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. His work helped establish new elementary schools at Little Eagle and Bullhead, SD; a new Standing Rock High School at Fort Yates, ND; and a new community college that eventually became Sitting Bull College.

      In 1971 Gipp served in the North Dakota Constitutional Convention, where he was the only American Indian among the 98 delegates and the youngest. He called it an "once-in-a-lifetime experience" to help rewrite the state's constitution.

      Prior to joining United Tribes, he served as the first executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Denver, CO. Working with committed Indian educators from across the country, Gipp was the point-man on a landmark piece of legislation, the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 that provided federal support to advance the nation's emerging tribal college movement.

      His entire professional life has been involved with creating systems and opportunities for tribal people. Among his first accomplishments at United Tribes was to secure accreditation for the college from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of College and Schools.

      During his tenure, millions of dollars in improvements have been made to the college campus, including new construction of the Skill Center, Co-Ed Solo Dorms, Childhood Development Center, Jack Barden Student Life and Technology Center, Itancan Leadership Lodge, Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center, and Family Student Apartments.

      Gipp has been an advocate for developing tribal research programs. He believes that tribal colleges should be an integral part of the effort to strengthen tribal sovereignty.

      His leadership of United Tribes and his contributions in developing higher education policy for tribes and tribal colleges across the nation were recognized in 1991 with a Doctorate in Laws, Honoris Causa, from North Dakota State University.

      His record of volunteerism covers all levels of government and non-profit service. He is a charter member and past president of the UND Indians into Medicine Advisory Council. He is a past president and board member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; past chair and board member of the American Indian College Fund; past chair of the Education Committee of the National Congress of American Indians.

      Gipp is a board member of the National Indian Education Association; board member and former chair of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges; member of the North Dakota P-16 Task Force; member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Budget Advisory Council; member of the IT and Reporting Performance Measure Work Group of the California Indian Manpower Consortium; member of the Native Nations Institute Advisory Council; past member of the U. S. Department of Labor Manpower Advisory Council; past chair of the All Nations Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Advisory Board; member of the Circle of Tribal Advisers Advisory Board to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial; member of the Indian Pride Advisory Board; and member of the Harvard Honoring Nations Advisory Board.

      He served as chair of the North Dakota Committee on the Martin Luther King Holiday, which earned him a "Living the Dream, Let Freedom Ring" award from the King Federal Holiday Commission.

      He is a strong advocate for eliminating stereotypes about American Indians, including changing the nickname at the University of North Dakota.

      Other state of North Dakota service includes: North Dakota Workforce Development Council; North Dakota State Commission on National and Community Service; and the North Dakota Quarter Design Selection Commission.

      He was one of the first appointees to the Bismarck Mayor's Committee on Human Relations. He has worked for strong community relations between United Tribes and the Bismarck-Mandan area and the State of North Dakota.

      Gipp's mother, Margaret Teachout, and one brother, Robert Gipp, reside at Fort Yates, ND; his brother Gerald Gipp lives in Alexandria, VA.

      Following the public reception on May 2, a dinner will be served to invited guests in the UTTC Cafeteria. For ticket information contact Brad Hawk, UTTC Development Director, 701-255-3285 x 1387 or bhawk@uttc.edu.

 

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