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COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY CONCLUDES SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC YEAR
5 May 2013

BISMARCK (UTN) - Friends, relatives and well-wishers welcomed arrival of a spring-like day May 3 in Bismarck for the college's graduation. Sunshine and relatively warm temps in the upper 50s greeted over 500 guests and graduates attending the 2013 commencement ceremony held outdoors in the college's powwow dance arena. A relapse of winter, caused by a 20 inch snowfall just over two weeks earlier, faded away allowing planners to avert an indoor event for the natural setting that everyone prefers.

UTTC Graduates
United Tribes graduated 147 students on May 3.

      The ceremony honored 147 students who earned Bachelor of Science Degrees, Associate of Applied Science Degrees, or Certificates of Completion.

      Keynote speaker Gerard A. Baker, PhD, a former National Park Service superintendent noted for bringing Indian interpretation into the national parks, urged graduates to "attack the future" with enthusiasm and get "fired up" about making a difference for those to come.

      "If we want something to happen, it's up to us to change it," he said. "We are mentally competent. We have our certificates and degrees. As long as you stay moral, ethical and within the law, the doors are wide open."

CAREER PATH

      Baker's career is a study in service. He grew up on a cattle ranch near Mandaree, ND. After college he entered the park service as a maintenance worker cleaning toilets at Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, ND. Later he became an interpreter at Knife River Indian Villages National Park, the ancient home of his Mandan and Hidatsa ancestors, near Stanton, ND. Over the course of 35 years with the U.S. Government he came to supervise some of the most recognized and visited national parks in the nation, including Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, Little Big Horn Battlefield in Montana, and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. He said he ran into prejudice and racism throughout his career. We have to teach people a better understanding of who we are, he said.

Gerard A. Baker
Keynote speaker Gerard A. Baker

      "When I came into a situation with no idea what to do I would go back…and listen to the old men and my grandmas talking about what they went through and how they survived and the things our ancestors did," he said. "My grandpa used to tell me, 'you can get all the degrees you want but don't ever forget who you are.'"

TAKE THE LEAD

      Baker urged graduates to get into a position to make a difference. He said to strive for a management position and don't quit until you become a manager. Be a leader. Be aggressive. Be proud. Be humble, he advised. And believe in the power of prayer.

      "And let's stop asking the government how to live," he said, offering leadership advice. "Let's start telling the government how we are going to live."

      Baker retired from government service in 2010. He and his wife Mary Kay live in the Black Hills. He consults and presents programs about traditional and contemporary American Indian life.

CONGRATULATIONS

      Other leaders offering congratulations and encouragement to graduates were Tex "Red Tipped Arrow" Hall, Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara tribal chairman and chair of the United Tribes of North Dakota board of directors; Richard McCloud, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa chairman; Shannon C. Hooper, Miss Indian Nations XX; Ernie Stevens Jr., National Indian Gaming Association president; and Mark Van Norman, NIGA's former executive director.

      Also attending the event were Chairman Roger Yankton and Barbara Jackson of the Spirit Lake Tribe; Chairman Charles W. Murphy and Sharon Two Bears of the Standing Rock Tribe; and Jim Baker of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

      The leaders of North Dakota's tribes serve on the governing board that originally started the college in 1968 and transformed the former military post where it is located into one of the nation's premier tribal colleges.

GUY'S PASSING NOTED

      David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College president, mentioned in his remarks the passing of William L. Guy, who died April 26 at age 93. With the Stars and Stripes flying at half-staff on the nearby United Tribes flagpole in Guy's honor, Gipp described the former North Dakota governor's support for tribal self-determination during his tenure in the 1960s. Gipp said Guy was also behind the idea to transform the former military post Fort Lincoln into United Tribes. "Governor Guy was one of those who supported the idea that Indian people and tribal leaders ought to have their own authority to govern themselves. And he endorsed the idea of United Tribes having this property. So we commend him and thank his family for all he did for us."

ONLINE TELECAST

      All the speeches and ceremony, handshakes and hugs, were telecast on the Internet, connecting additional friends and family who were unable to attend. The streaming video was produced by the Media Arts division of the college's Art/Art Marketing Program and the college's Information Technology staff.

      United Tribes is an inter-tribal college that serves students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds. The 2013 grads came from 21 different tribes around the country.

      The commencement ceremony concluded the 2012-13 academic year. The invocation and benediction were presented by Russell Gillette (Three Affiliated), respected elder and member of the United Tribes staff. The drum group Wise Spirit rendered songs for the grand entry, presentation of Colors and Staff, and graduate's recognition. A traditional meal of buffalo stew, fry bread and wojapi was served afterward for graduates and guests.


United Tribes Technical College
COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
2012-13 GRADUATES
Friday May 3, 2013, 1 p.m. Lone Star Arena

ART MARKETING – FINE/GRAPHIC ARTS - AAS
Cleveland Good Shield (Rosebud) Bismarck; Cecily B. St. Cyr (Winnebago) Bismarck; *Quinn A. Austin (Cheyenne River) Bismarck

AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY – AAS
*Lacy M. Fox (Spirit Lake) Fort Totten, ND; Shotay S. Fast Horse (Cheyenne River) Dupree, SD; Nicole L. Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, SD

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – AAS
Dawnelle J. Red Horn (Standing Rock) Bismarck; **Wynette L. Mills (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; ***Brianna R. Baird (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Fabian Betone (Cheyenne River) Bismarck

TRIBAL MANAGEMENT – AAS
Jimi Mae White (Colorado River) Parker,AZ; ***Teresa G. Hughes (Wind River) Fort Washakie, WY

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT - CERT
Ann Parisien (Oglala Tribe) Mandan, ND; Elijah Bennett, Henderson, NV; Jaimee White Bear (Three Affiliated) Garrison, ND; Tammy McCorvey (Three Affiliated) Bismarck

SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT – AAS
Lora L. Grey Bear (Spirit Lake) Fort Totten, ND; *Tashina M. Dupris (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; Andrea J. Addison (Wind River) Ft. Washakie, WY; Jazalyn H. Corley Bismarck; Lauren L. Derrick (Standing Rock) ; **Wynette L. Mills (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; Jeri R. Morsette (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Dustin J. RedLegs (Standing Rock) Bismarck; ***Elizabeth L. Hattaway (Rosebud) Bismarck; Marian Declay (White Mountain) Bismarck; Meldina Iron Cloud (Rosebud) Mandan, ND; Jarrell Grant (Omaha Tribe) Macy, NE; ***Susan M. Emery Bismarck

BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY-Administrative Asst.– AAS
*Sherry B. House (Crow Agency) Bismarck; *Shannon M. Little Shield (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; *Shyla S. Spotted Elk (Northern Cheyenne) Lame Deer, MT; *Laurie D. Stewart (Crow Agency) Bismarck

BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY - CERT
Melody K. Bruguier (Cheyenne River) Eagle Butte, William B. Pauli, Bismarck

BUSINESS OFFICE TECHNOLOGY – MEDICAL
Marlo D. Balch (Navajo Nation) Bismarck; Victoria L. Buffalo (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Jacqueline C. Kills Plenty (Rosebud) Bismarck; Leslie A. Lawrence (Sisseton/Wahpeton) Bismarck

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – BS
***Brianna R. Baird (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; ***Aja R. Baker (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; *Glen T. Fox (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; ***Laramie Plainfeather (Crow Agency) Bismarck; ***Lora L. Grey Bear (Spirit Lake) Fort Totten, ND; Wendy Jourdain (Red Lake Band of Chippewa) Bismarck

COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – AAS
*Adam S. Nadeau (Turtle Mountain) Rolla, ND

CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY – CERT
*Byron L. Desersa (Oglala Tribe) Bismarck; *David M. Janis (Oglala Tribe) Pine Ridge, SD; *Merval B. Phelan (Crow Agency) Crow Agency, MT; *Winston B. Pretty On Top (Crow Agency) Bismarck; Jeremiah J. Nadeau (Turtle Mountain) Dunseith, ND; **Joseph D. Skunk (Lower Brule) Lower Brule, SD; Lloyd W. Hertz (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Jesus H. Duran (Rosebud) Mission, SD; **Matthew H. Marshall (Rosebud) Mandan, ND; Nigel L. Eagle Pipe Sr. (Rosebud) St. Francis, SD

CRIMINAL JUSTICE – AAS
Amanda R. Burcham (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Hether Haefner (Turtle Mountain) Dunseith, ND; Salli R. McCarty (Three Affiliated) Garrison, ND; *Timothy C. Hattaway Kingsland, GA; *Randolph J. Two Crow (Oglala Tribe) Bismarck; *Uriah K. Wise Spirit (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Dalta S. Green (Spirit Lake) Tokio, ND; Trina R. Griffin (Omaha Tribe) Walthill, NE; ***Billie Jo LaVallie (Turtle Mountain) Mandan, ND; Christopher Menendez, Miami, FL; D'aun Skinner (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Carlos M. Quarry (Three Affiliated) Bismarck

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION – AAS
*Michele L. LaRoche (Lower Brule) Bismarck; * April Y. Lindley (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Laura A. Bakken (Three Affiliated) Stanton, ND; Tara R. Chase Dickinson, ND; Theresa M. Tracke (Northern Cheyenne) Bismarck

ELECTRICIAN APPRENTICE TRAINING - CERT
Joshua L. Baker (Spirit Lake) Fort Totten, ND; Joseph L. Everett Bismarck; Lucian R. Harvey; Jiame No Neck (San Carlos Apache) Bismarck; Norlyn R. Swenson, Bismarck

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION - AAS
*Arin F. Casavant Mandan, ND; *Eliza N. Neigum Bismarck; Marisa L. Laundreaux (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; Janna L. Soberg, Bismarck

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION – BS
*Billi J. Gravseth (Standing Rock) Bismarck; ***Rolenthia Begay (Dine) Bismarck; Memoree Skinner (Cheyenne River) Bismarck

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – CERT
*Celena J. Red Owl (Oglala) Bismarck; *Nancy M. Pierce Farmington, UT; *Victoria L. Buffalo (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Lyndale N. Yazzie (Navajo Nation) Bismarck; Amanda Iron Boulder (Three Affiliated) Fort Yates, ND

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – AAS
*Debra R. Moore, Fort Worth, TX

PRACTICAL NURSING - AAS
Randi D. Armstrong (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Dinitia M. Corley, Hephzibah, GA; Jacklyn M. Craig (Northern Cheyenne) Bismarck; Shannon N. Dunn, Mandan, ND; Rikki S. Gillette (Three Affiliated) Mandan, ND; Tasha M. Haaland, New Salem, ND; Miranda M. Hager, Bismarck; Sanya L. Kom (Turtle Mountain) Mandan, ND; Joni E. Martinmaas, Orient, SD; Desirae P. Sanders, Napolean, ND; Elizabeth L. Smith, Bismarck

NUTRITION & FOOD SERVICE/WELLNESS – AAS
Jessika F. Free (Omaha) Winnebago, NB

TRIBAL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – AAS
*Pizi Lee (Rosebud) Bismarck; *Fawn M. Packineau (Three Affiliated) Bismarck

ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD TECHNICIAN
Andrew R. Montriel (Turtle Mountain) Bottineau, ND; **Jason P. Breiner (Turtle Mountain) Mandan, ND; **Rose M. Burcham (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck; **Pizi Lee (Rosebud) Bismarck

ENVIRONMENTAL LAB TECHNICIAN – AAS
**Jason P. Breiner (Turtle Mountain) Mandan, ND; **Rose M. Burcham (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck

Pre-Engineering – AAS
Alvin J. McLeod (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION – CERT
*Jennifer J. Fish Denver, CO; Kay A. Zidon Tappen, ND; Sherry L. Kramlich (Three Affiliated) New Town, ND; *Megan McAndrew, Linton, ND; *Tascha M. McConnell, Hazen, ND; Mandy L. Berger, Stanton, ND; *Monique A. Wollan, Bismarck; *Nicole A. Kuykendall, Lemoore, CA; *Wendy E. Johnson, Georgetown, TX, Debra Logan, Bismarck; Eric Schumacher, Bismarck; Kristin Jensen, Bismarck

WELDING – CERT
Chad A. Austin (Cheyenne River) Bismarck; Jesse Azure (Turtle Mountain) Rolla, ND; Dylan M. Decoteau (Turtle Mountain) Bismarck; Preston K. Demaray (Three Affiliated) Mandan, ND; Preston W. Demarce (Spirit Lake) Bismarck; Jeanette E. Fox (Three Affiliated) Mandan, ND; Nicholas A. Green (Rosebud) Sisseton, ND; Theodore P. Kelly (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Guy R. McLaughlin (Standing Rock) Bismarck; Randall Pumpkinseed (Sisseton/Wahpeton) Sisseton, ND; Sean M. Stevenson (Three Affiliated) Bismarck; Mallory A. Wilson (Three Affiliated) Bismarck

* December 2012 graduates
** Double Majors
***Summer graduates

– UTTC Registrar Joey McLeod

 

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