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Pomeroy is keynoter for United Tribes graduation
26 April 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Congressman Earl Pomeroy is scheduled as featured speaker for graduation at United Tribes.

Earl Pomeroy

      Pomeroy is a long-time friend of the college and consistent supporter in Congress of Native American programs. He has been North Dakota’s Congressman since 1992. Prior to that he was a State Representative and North Dakota Insurance Commissioner.

      His keynote address will be part of the 2010 Commencement Ceremony starting at 1 p.m. Friday, May 7 in Lone Star Arena in the center of the college campus.

      those who cannot make it there, technology will come to the rescue. The event will be on computer. MY TRIBE TV will stream the ceremony live and in real time on the Internet at http://mytribetv.com/.

MyTribeTV Logo

      MY TRIBE TV is a Native-owned company that specializes in webcasting tribal meetings, celebrations, and athletic events, and recently added the popular Native talk show “Native America Calling” to its weekday line up.

      Support for carrying the United Tribes event is provided by the U. S. Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development. A recording will be archived and stored for ‘on demand’ play at the MY TRIBE TV website.

       UTTC Commencement will honor 114 students who earned Associate of Applied Science Degrees and Certificates of Completion in the college’s academic and vocational programs.

      Included will be a group of 20 graduates in a new program: Native American Energy Auditor Training. Students from 14 different tribes and eight states began the training last fall for specialized jobs in the new “green economy.” The program’s graduates acquired the skills and ability to perform detailed inspections for improving the energy efficiency of homes and buildings.

      It is the first program of its kind to be offered specifically for tribal participants. Partners in the program with UTTC are the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

      Commencement is the concluding event of the 2009-10 academic year. Graduates have chosen the theme: “Life Isn’t About Finding Yourself; Life is About Creating Yourself.”

      Formal graduation photos will be taken from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center. Grads are asked to arrive early for best results; Photo sessions end promptly at 12:30 p.m.

      A graduation banquet is scheduled for the evening prior to commencement.

      Also presenting remarks during the program will be tribal leaders on the United Tribes governing board representing the tribes of North Dakota: Three Affiliated Tribes, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Tribe, Standing Rock Tribe, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      The drum group Tatanka Nagi will provide honoring songs.

      In case of inclement weather, commencement will be held in the James Henry Community gym.


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