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United Tribes graduates honored
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY FOR 123
5 May 2012

 


Rolynn J. Clown (Cheyenne River), who earned a BS in Business Administration, is congratulated by Billy Bell, Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribal Chairman. At rear, center left, Spirit Lake Chairman Roger Yankton; center right, Three Affiliated Chairman Tex G. Hall.
United Tribes News photos DENNIS J. NEUMANN

BISMARCK (UTN) - Tribal leaders, who believe in the power of education to change lives, were among the first to express their congratulations May 4 to the graduating class of United Tribes Technical College.

      Dressed in their caps and gowns for the 2012 Commencement Ceremony were 123 students who earned Bachelor of Science or Associate of Applied Science Degrees, or Certificates of Completion.

      "I didn't know where I was going to wind up after graduation," said keynote speaker Billy A. Bell, chairman of the Ft. McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe, McDermitt, Nevada. "I didn't think I would ever become a tribal chairman."


UTTC President David M. Gipp

      Bell's talk had particular meaning because he was once one of them, having graduated from United Tribes.

      "What I learned here, I still use today," he said. "Researching what I need to know and speaking before audiences, being able to advocate on behalf of tribal people."

      Bell said he was overwhelmed by a sense of family when he arrived back on campus. He said he was a teenager and didn't know what to expect when he first came to UTTC. He graduated from the college's Criminal Justice Program in 2002 and served six years on his tribe's council before becoming Ft. McDermitt chairman in 2009. Among his many responsibilities, he is president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, an organization of the 27 tribes in the state.


Mervin Packineau

      "Each and every one of you represents your families, your reservation communities, your tribes and your ancestors," he said. "You bear the recognizable names of your people. You represent a time when your people survived on the land, lived with the natural beings and cherished what we have come to know today as our heritage and culture. Everyone has a background and connections that will take you where you want to go in life. Your heritage, your culture, your language, and your own intellectual self will provide for you some day, if it hasn't already."

      Bell told the graduates to remember what it was like to challenge themselves as students: "Your rewards came through persistence and hard work. Life is no different."


Charles W. Murphy

      Other leaders offering congratulations and advice included Mervin Packineau, a member of the Three Affiliated Tribal Council: "Two things are needed for a nation to prosper: health and education," he said. "To see you here taking care of the education part is awesome." Packineau asked the grads to be role models and help convince others about the importance of getting an education.

      Chairman Charles W. Murphy of the Standing Rock Tribe mentioned family in his congratulations: "I want to thank the parents and the families too," he said. To the graduates: "It's your day to enjoy and I wish you all the best of luck."

      Chairman Roger Yankton of the Spirit Lake Tribe said: "You've learned from your education here that you are on a journey to a better life. This is your day and the journey is underway."


Billy A. Bell

      Chairman Tex G. Hall of Three Affiliated singled-out the college faculty for "working right through to end of the term to get those final grades in the book."

      "You put in many dedicated hours, above and beyond the normal day," said Hall, himself a former educator. "That's what happens when you have a caring faculty and administration. We appreciate that on the board of directors."

      The leaders of North Dakota's tribes serve on the governing board that originally started the college in 1969 and transformed the former military post where it is located into one of the nation's premier tribal colleges.

      "This was originally a fort that we acquired…and we're still here 43 years later, still training and educating you and others to follow," said David M. Gipp, United Tribes President. "You, as graduates, represent the 'Indians who took over the fort' for good, peaceful and educational purposes. You are living proof of that."


Miss Indian Nations Shanoa Pinkham, UTTC Counselor Russell Gillette

      All the speeches and ceremony, handshakes and hugs, were telecast on the Internet, connecting an additional 335 friends and family who are unable to make it to the event. The video program was produced by students and staff in the Media Arts division of the college's Art/Art Marketing Program, along with technical support from the college's Information Technology staff.

      As an intertribal college, United Tribes serves students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. The 2012 grads came from 21 different tribes around the country.

      The commencement ceremony concluded the 2011-12 academic year. Rainy weather had forced the event indoors to the James Henry Community gymnasium, where over 500 people assembled. Honor songs were provided by the drum group Tatanka Nagi. A traditional meal of buffalo stew, fry bread and wojapi was served afterward in the college's newly renovated cafeteria for all graduates and guests.


United Tribes Technical College
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
2011-12 GRADUATES
Friday May 4, 2012, 1 p.m. James Henry Community Gymnasium

ART MARKETING – FINE/GRAPHIC ARTS - AAS
*Shane Brunelle (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck, ND; Coleen Cain (Three Affiliated) Poplar, MT; Cleveland E. Good Shield (Rosebud) Bismarck, ND; * Philip Grider, Bismarck, ND; Dustin M. Thompson (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; Karmin F. Walker (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – CERT
Shotay S. Fasthorse (Cheyenne River) Dupree, SD; Harley R. Lone Bear (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – AAS
*Lester Crooke (Hopi Indian) Tuba City, AZ; **Tom Joshua (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; Fabian J. Lohnes (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; Donyulita Marshall (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; ***David L. Mountain (Standing Rock) McLaughlin, SD; D'Aun T. Skinner (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; Aaron Skunkcap (Blackfeet Nation) Browning, MT; Emanuel J. Red Bear (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – AAS
***Missy Cloud (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – BS
Rolynn J. Clown (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Arden Boxer (Fort Peck) Bismarck, ND

BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY– AAS
Jessica R. Brunelle (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck, ND; *Amber Encalada (Oglala) Bismarck, ND; Carol Free (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; Dawnelle J. Red Horn (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; Gwen t. Holding Eagle (Three Affiliated) Fargo, ND; *Bariel Lawrence (Standing Rock) Mandan, ND; *Joseph Lawrence (Standing Rock) Bullhead, SD;

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – AAS
*John Gunville (Turtle Mountain) Dunseith, ND

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY – CERT
Carl J. Grey (Native Village of Unalakleet) Bismarck, ND

CRIMINAL JUSTICE – AAS
Amanda Burcham (Turtle Mountain) Dunseith, ND; Renee R. Ellis (Navajo Nation) Sioux Falls, SD; Kassandra K. Estes (Yankton) Wagner, SD; ***Hether L. Haefner, Bismarck, ND; Kyle Leaf (Cheyenne River) McLaughlin, SD; *Gayla L. Little Dog (Standing Rock) Mandan, ND; ***Salli R. McCarty (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; ***Trista Y. Phelan (Crow Agency) Bismarck, ND; Danielle T. Plenty Chief (Fort Berthold) Mandan, ND; *Anthony Walker (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) Bismarck, ND; *Preston E. Wise Spirit (Standing Rock) Cannonball, ND

CRIMINAL JUSTICE – BS
***Mary Brown (Standing Rock) Fort Yates, ND; Jared Cutting, Bismarck, ND; ***Gertrude Foolish Bear (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND; Warren Horse Looking (Rosebud) Bismarck, ND; Tracie E. Packineau (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND; Monica L. Patneaud (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck, ND; ***Savannah Peterson (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD; ***Gordon J. Runs After Jr. (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – AAS
*James Reginald Bagwell, Detroit, MI; Marisa L. Laundreaux (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD; *Justyn J. Lawrence (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Crystal L. Moran (Three Affiliated) New Town, ND; Randi Waln (Rosebud) Bismarck, ND; *Kathryn M. White (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - AAS
*Wylee Bearstail (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND; Nikita Knight (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Jamie L. Lawrence (Cheyenne River) Ridgeview, SD; Tyson Maxon (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; *Memoree Skinner (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; *Marie Spotted Horse (Three Affiliated) Bismarck,

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION – BS-(Sinte Gleska University, SD)
*Nevada Allen (Three Affiliated) Cannonball, ND; Joelle Bearstail (Three Affiliated) New Town, ND; *Kara Four Bear (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Jodene Uses Many (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Shyanne Schmalz (Standing Sioux Tribe) Bismarck, ND

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – CERT
Debra Moore, Fort Worth, TX; Marlo Balch-Bismarck, ND (Navajo Nation)

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – AAS
Lynette C. Ashes (Yankton) Wagner, SD; Patricia John (Seneca Nations) Salamanca, NY; Heather McClane (Sitka Tribe of Alaska) Aberdeen, SD

PRACTICAL NURSING - AAS
Makalay Butler, Bismarck, ND; Adriana Dean, Mandan, ND; Chelsey M. Doll, Almont, ND; Doreen M. Duttenhefer, Mandan, ND; Mary Jo Lends His Horse-Dupris (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Kimberly Goldade, Mandan, ND; Lindsey J. Irwin, Bismarck, ND; Jennifer Jacobs, Mandan, ND; Brittany Kraft, Bismarck, ND; Jolene Lavallie (Turtle Mountain) Fort Totten, ND; Tina K. Ringuette (Oglala) Mandan, ND; Xtal L. Silk (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND

NUTRITION & FOOD SERVICE/WELLNESS - AAS
*Allison J. Archambault (Standing Rock) Bullhead, SD; Harvey J. Flowers (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska) Bismarck, ND; Lezly Hodge (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Bethel OK; Patricia Ross, Lilburn, GA; Delett Siegfried (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - CERT
Jazalyn Corley, Bismarck, ND; Harlie CrowsBreast (Three Affiliated) Parshall, ND; Lauren Derrick (Standing Rock) Solen, ND; Tashina M. Dupris (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Darla Hanley (Standing Rock) Mandan, ND; Elizabeth Hattaway (Rosebud) Bismarck, ND; Jason Mills, Bismarck, ND; Wynette Mills (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND; Ann Parisien (Turtle Mountain) Dunseith, ND; Rochelle Perkins (Red Lake Band Chippewa) Bismarck, ND; Mikelyn Teeman (Fort McDermitt Paiute/Shoshone) Bismarck, ND

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - AAS
***Jacqueline Archambault (Cheyenne River) Mandan, ND; *John C. Bearstail (Three Affiliated) Mandan, ND; Lora L. Grey Bear (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; Meldina Iron Cloud (Rosebud) Mandan, ND; Melanie Martinez (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; **Nicole Montclair-Donaghy (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; Antonio J.L. Motis (Red lake Band Chippewa) Minneapolis, MN; **Laramie D. Plainfeather (Crow Agency) Bismarck, ND; **Jaylene D. Pretends Eagle (Standing Rock) Bismarck, ND; **Devero Yellow Earring (Cheyenne River) Bismarck, ND

TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – AAS
Jason P. Breiner (Turtle Mountain) Mandan, ND; Rose M. Burcham (Turtle Mountain) Belcourt, ND; Duane Jackson (Spirit Lake) Bismarck, ND; *Nicole Wells (Three Affiliated) Bismarck, ND; *Jessica M. Pumpkinseed (Oglala) Bismarck, ND

TRIBAL MANAGEMENT – AAS
***Bonnie S. St. John (Crow Creek) Fort Thompson, SD; Jimi M. White (Colorado River) Bismarck, ND

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION – CERTIFICATE
Bonnie J. Bettenhausen, Wishek, ND; * Karen A. Emineth, Bismarck, ND; Karie Martinez, Tappen, ND; Cindy Raile, Fargo, ND; *Mary Jo Sloven, New Salem, ND; *Stacy Newburgh, Mandan, ND; Danielle D. Scharnowske, Bismarck, ND


* December 2011 graduates
** Double Majors
***Summer Graduates

 

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