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UTTC to award Native leader fellowships
22 April 2013


BISMARCK (UTN) – United Tribes Technical College will award two Native American Leader Fellowships on Wednesday, May 1 at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club, 930 Griffin Street. A dinner program with Native entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited.

Award recipients will be UTTC students who possess qualities that will help empower the next generation of Native American Leaders.

The Fellowships are named for David M. Gipp (Hunkpapa Lakota-Standing Rock), the president and leader of United Tribes Technical College since 1977.

“With these awards we recognize and encourage young people who have clear goals for what they want to accomplish in life and have started preparing for leadership work,” said Gipp. “They’re awarded on merit to those most likely to improve the lives of Native people by contributing to the betterment of a tribe or tribal community.”

Two guest speakers from the Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Nation are scheduled; both are Native leader role models. Tex G. Hall is chairman of the tribe headquartered at Four Bears, ND. Hall is in his third term in office, the longest record of service of any elected M/H/A chairman. He grew up on a ranch near Mandaree, ND, where he still lives. Over 12,000 enrolled members of the tribe are benefiting from Hall’s leadership and vision in developing the tribe’s energy resources.

The other speaker is Gerard A. Baker, former superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, one of the nation's most visited national parks. Before retiring, Baker served in the federal government for 27 years with the National Park Service and the US Forest Service. He also grew up at Fort Berthold on a cattle ranch.

Also attending the event will be Miss Indian Nations Shannon C. Hooper, Fallon, NV. Miss Hooper is Shoshone-Paiute and a student at Western Nevada College. She was selected the twentieth Miss Indian Nations last fall during the United Tribes International Powwow.

The leader fellowships help students expand their educational experience in college. Along with a stipend for educational expenses, fellows receive professional and personal skills development opportunities. They interact with the media, write reports and press releases, fundraise, testify at policy hearings, and participate in policy meetings. The experience helps develop leadership skills, clarify career commitments, build a leadership network, and extend contacts to other leaders beyond the college. Previous recipients have enhanced their personal potential, talent and leadership strengths, and built skills and management ability to more successfully engage in the responsibilities and challenges in their future.

The cost per plate for the banquet is $55 or $400 for a table of nine. All proceeds will help support the fellowship recipients. Reservations can be made by calling 701-255-3285: Suzan O’Connell x 1533, soconnell@uttc.edu; Janet Thomas x 1431, jthomas@uttc.edu; or Charisse Fandrich x 1207, cfandrich@uttc.edu.


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