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Gipp to speak at Democratic National Convention
21 August 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) United Tribes Technical College President Dr. David M. Gipp has been invited to address the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.

David M. Gipp
David M. Gipp, President
United Tribes Technical College

      Gipp will speak to convention delegates assembled in the 20,000 seat Pepsi Center on Tuesday, August 26 between 3 and 3:30 p.m. MDT. His will be one in a series of talks by so-called 'real people' who have been asked to offer ideas on the theme of "Renewing America's Promise."

      Gipp will focus on renewing the country's promise for American Indians, who are largely invisible in the national consciousness.

      "I consider it an honor to be selected," said Gipp. "It's uncommon to have access to this kind of audience for expressing a tribal viewpoint. It says something about change in America."

      Gipp is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Tribe. He has been the leader of United Tribes Technical College since 1977.

      Part of his talk will focus on the role of tribal higher education in the process of rebuilding tribal nations.

      Gipp's invitation to speak came at the recommendation of Senator Barack Obama. He was notified in a letter from Howard Dean of the Democratic National Convention Committee.


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