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Tribal College President Honored
17 May 2007

David M. Gipp
Members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council honored David M. Gipp with a buffalo robe, presented ceremonially, during a reception in his honor on May 2. United Tribes News Photo.

BISMARCK (UTN) - David M. Gipp was honored at events during graduation week 2007 at United Tribes Technical College. Friends, relatives and colleagues gathered to mark his 30 year tenure as college president.

      Gipp is the third individual to permanently lead the organization since its founding by North Dakota tribal leaders in 1969 as the nation's first inter-tribally owned, post-secondary vocational technical center for American Indians. Over the years the school has attracted students from tribes all across the nation.

      Gipp was associated with the college in its formative years and began serving as executive director, now president, on May 2, 1977.

      Thirty year honoring events included a reception and dinner; he was also recognized during the college commencement ceremony for his leadership in American Indian higher education.

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

      Prior to joining United Tribes, he served as the first executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Denver, CO.

National Indian Gaming Association Leadership Award
LEADERSHIP RECOGNIZED: Gipp, at right, was presented the National Indian Gaming Association Leadership Award May 4 during the United Tribes 2007 Commencement Ceremony at the college in Bismarck. "For his hard work on behalf of tribal higher education and his strong ethics," said Ernie Stevens Jr., NIGA Executive Director, in presenting the award May 4. United Tribes News Photo.

      Prior to joining United Tribes, he served as the first executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, Denver, CO.

      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. More recently it was the first tribal college to obtain accreditation for online degree programs.

      Annual enrollment now exceeds 11-hundred students per year, a ten-fold increase during his tenure, and millions of dollars in improvements have been made to the college campus, which was formerly a surplus U. S. military post.

      His leadership of the college and contributions in developing national tribal higher education policy were recognized in 1991 with a Doctorate in Laws, Honoris Causa, from North Dakota State University.

      To mark the 30 year milestone, United Tribes established the David M. Gipp Scholarship Fund. Money contributed will be used exclusively to assist the educational needs of students. Over $10,000 was gifted during and after graduation week. The fund remains open for contributions: David M. Gipp Scholarship Fund, % Brad Hawk, Development Director, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND, 58504. For more information: 701-255-3285 x 1387 or bhawk@uttc.edu.


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