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Tribal Colleges Honor ND Higher Ed Leaders
27 July 2012

PARTNERS IN PROGRESS: Two leaders of the North Dakota University System were honored July 17 by the presidents of North Dakota’s Tribal Colleges. Former NDUS Chancellor William Goetz and Vice Chancellor Mike Hillman were thanked and lauded for their cooperative work in strengthening the partnership and working relations between tribal colleges and the state university system. Gifts were presented and an honor song rendered for the pair in the Healing Room of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center at United Tribes. Pictured from left: Cynthia Mala, Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten; Jim Davis, Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt; Vice Chancellor Hillman; Chancellor Goetz; Russell Mason, Jr., Fort Berthold Community College, New Town; and Laurel Vermillion, Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates. Not pictured David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck. The signature accomplishment of the tribal/state partnership was enactment in 2007 of a law providing a nominal amount of state funding for non-beneficiary students who attend tribal colleges. In the 43 year history of tribal colleges in North Dakota, and after more than 20 years of trying, it was the first direct financial support provided with state resources. “If it wasn’t for your support and testimony, I don’t know if that law would have passed,” said Jim Davis. “Thank you for your professionalism and friendship.”

- DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News

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