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Wellness Center named for college founder

BISMARCK (UTN) - A new wellness center on the campus of United Tribes Technical College was dedicated September 5 in the name of one of the college's founders, Lewis Goodhouse.

      Goodhouse was chairman of the Devils Lake Sioux Tribe, Fort Totten, North Dakota (presently the Spirit Lake Nation) from 1957 to 1972. He is credited with steady leadership throughout the 1960s that guided the development of community infrastructure, tribal programs and the tribe's land base.

Relatives honored
RELATIVES HONORED: Former ND Governor Arthur A. Link congratulates family members of Lewis Goodhouse at the UTTC Wellness Center dedication program in Bismarck. To Link's right are Kenneth Dunn and Richard Yankton (both Spirit Lake), nephews of Lewis Goodhouse, Bonnie Yankton, and UTTC President David M. Gipp. At far left, Russell Gillette of UTTC. UTN photo.

      He was responsible for changing the tribe's name from "Fort Totten Tribe," to "Devils Lake Sioux Tribe."

      UTTC's Department of Community Wellness Services will offer mainstream and holistic wellness practices by a combined staff of employees in student health, counseling, chemical health, dormitory wellness, and the college's athletic and fitness programs. The $2.7 million facility is the focal location for a long-range initiative to improve and sustain the health and wellness of members of the campus community. The effort is headed up by Dennis A. Renville (Sisseton-Wahpeton), director of Community Wellness Services.

      Goodhouse was chosen as the building's namesake because he was one of the original signers of the charter that created United Tribes of North Dakota in 1968. As such, he helped organize United Tribes Educational Technical Center (UTETC), as the college was known then, and served as chair of the College Board. He died in 1982. His Dakota tribal name is Wiyaka Maza, Iron Feather.

      "He served at a time when tribes had little or no power or funding to help advance their development," said David M. Gipp, UTTC President. "He was a man of quiet determination whose work helped this college."

      Four primary sources provided funds for the wellness center construction: U. S. Department of Education, USDA Rural Development, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Prior Lake, MN, and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      Following the dedication program and ribbon cutting, visitors toured the new building, heard presentations from staff members and enjoyed a meal.


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