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29 September 2010

Tammy Kelsch, a former teacher education graduate of the United Tribes/Sinte Gleska Bachelor’s program, is the new coordinator/instructor of United Tribes Disabilities Support Services. Her office is in the Jack Barden Center. Please welcome her as a key player on the United Tribes Wellness team. And thank Betty Anhorn and Julie Beston-Sage for providing disabilities support services on an interim basis before Tammy’s arrival on staff.
– Sheri Baker

David M. Gipp was appointed in July by U. S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis to serve on the Labor Department’s Native American Employment and Training Council. The council was established as part of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and advises the Secretary on operation and administration of Native American employment and training programs. Dr. Gipp’s appointment is for two years; he had previously served on the council.

Congratulations to Colleen Bredahl (Art/Art Marketing) for her involvement in developing a new software manual. She is a contributing editor for the Adobe book “Against the Clock; Mastering Graphic Technology.” The book draws on years of professional experience and instructor feedback, from graphic design professionals like Colleen, in teaching how to effectively use graphics applications.
– Wayne Pruse

Former United Tribes staffer and TJES instructor, Mark Mindt, is now principal of Four Winds (Tate Topa) Middle School, Ft. Totten, ND. Building on his recent educational assignments at McLaughlin and Bull Head, SD, he is now serving youngsters of his home tribe, Spirit Lake. “It's a nice feeling to be a leader among the staff and to finally feel like I can genuinely and instantly give back to the community,” he said. Congratulations and best wishes to Mark! You can follow his KODA THE WARRIOR series on page two of each edition of United Tribes News.
– Editor

I want to express my gratitude to Wellness Director Sheri Bear King Baker and Chief of Security James Red Tomahawk for their quick action and team work on August 5. I was in need of medical attention and they were there to help me right away. Within 10 minutes I was at the ER with my doctor and being scheduled for surgery, which took place the next day. These two fine colleagues exhibited how responsive they can be an emergency. I am on the mend now and so grateful for the experience and life-saving knowledge of UTTC campus colleagues and friends!
– Dr. Harriett Skye, PhD., Vice President of Intertribal Programs

Two United Tribes cultural experts participated August 21 in the first annual “Day of the People” program at the N.D. Cowboy Hall in Medora. Tribal arts instructor Butch Thunderhawk presented a talk about “The Re-emergence of Native American Ledger Art,” and described his work on an exhibit at Harvard’s Peabody Museum in Cambridge, MA. Academic VP Phil Baird presented his rodeo history research with the talk “Indian Rodeo Cowboys of the Dakotas.” Baird is co-founder and president of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Also featured, Amy Mossett, Twin Buttes, presented a talk about “The Life of Sakakawea,” and Cecil Washburn, Medora, talked about “Cherokee Beliefs and Traditions.


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