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21 November 2013

Security Wise

James Red Tomahawk

      Congratulations to James Red Tomahawk on becoming a member of the Midwest Gang Investigator Association. The United Tribes Chief of Security attended a conference September 25-26 at Bismarck State College, along with participants from other law enforcement agencies. Red Tomahawk's knowledge of native, street and outlaw motorcycle gangs is used to train security officers in his charge, cooperating with other agencies and protecting the United Tribes campus.

Under Our Roof

Barb Baker-Poff

      The United Tribes Housing Department welcomes three individuals to the department's staff:

      Housing Compliance Technician Barb Baker-Poff is a Bismarck resident of 24 years who originally comes from Belcourt, ND. She has four children and eight grandchildren, who all reside here. Barb worked in the hotel industry for over 15 years and says she looks forward to her new position and meeting people on campus.


Don "DJ" Two Bears

      Don "DJ" Two Bears is the new Resident Service Specialist for housing. He's an enrolled member at Standing Rock, home of his father, Don; his mother, Carmen, is from Three Affiliated. DJ has a brother, Cody, and a sister Jaye Dawn. "I'm excited to be part of the UTTC Team, looking forward to the work and getting to know everyone," he says. "I would like to say 'thank you' for greeting me with a warm handshake. Wopida Tanka."


Michelle Thomas

      Michelle Thomas is the new Admissions and Occupancy Coordinator. She is from Belcourt and a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Her parents are Mary and Clifford Peltier Sr., Belcourt. "I have two beautiful children and one gorgeous granddaughter," she says. Michelle attended UTTC in 1996 and earned an associate degree. She is currently working on a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing. "I'm excited to be here and looking forward to each and every adventure in the daily life of the Housing Department."


On The Case

      Please welcome Duane Steele to the United Tribes campus family. Duane has joined the college as a new employee. He is the new WIA Case Manager and can be reached at x 1229, dsteele@uttc.edu.

Deb Painte, WIA Coordinator

Great Performance

      Congratulations to the United Tribes Culture Club on a well-received performance October 1 at Fort Lincoln. Taking-in the event were special guests on tour from Norway and elsewhere in the U.S. "Thank you for the great introduction to Native American dance," said Molly Wiesen of Brekke Tours. It was an "awesome program" and visitors appreciated it very much, she said.

Julie Cain, UTTC Culture Advisor

Steering Toward Healthy

      United Tribes Extension Nutrition Educator Jan Keller was the expert guest on local talk radio October 30 on the subject of alternatives to candy at Halloween. Short of casting a spell on trick-or-treating, how DO you cope with the overabundance of sweets? Jan's advice: incorporate some healthy items in the mix: popcorn, granola bars, goldfish crackers, trail mix, sugar-free gum or raisins. Some kids might also enjoy non-food items, like stickers, tattoos, quarters or pencils.

      It may seem like an uphill battle but in the end you do what you can, Jan advised, and still have fun while steering toward being healthy. The program "Extension Connection" was hosted by Peggy Netzer of the Burleigh County office of the NDSU Extension Service and carried on Super-Talk Radio 1270.

Pat Aune, Land Grant Director

Doctorate Earned

Karen Paetz-Sitting Crow

      Congratulations to former UTTC employee Karen Paetz-Sitting Crow, "White Weasel Woman," who graduated in August with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education from Capella University, Minneapolis, MN. Her studies specialized in Leadership in Tribal Higher Education. She is an education program graduate of Minot State University and she earned a Master's Degree in Education at the University of Mary. Paetz is the former Land Grant Programs director at United Tribes and Tribal Tourism program coordinator. Currently she is an education and leadership consultant, and owns and operates her own business: Star Blanket Mercantile, New Town, ND


Managerial Debut

Chris Renshaw

      The foodservice management organization AVIANDS has engaged a new manager for the United Tribes cafeteria. He is Chris Renshaw, formerly of Fargo, ND, who began welcoming his clients and customers on October 31. The Halloween debut coincided with an unceremonious and unintentional release of the kitchen fire suppression system, inundating the cafeteria food preparation facilities. But Chris and his staff rebounded in stride, setting up temporary foodservice on All Saints Day in the Jack Barden Center lower level.



Now an NCAI Official

Robert Shepherd

      Congratulations to Robert Shepherd on his October 17 election as secretary of the National Congress of American Indians. The Chairman of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate will serve a two-year term in office with the nation's oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization. Shepherd is a former United Tribes employee in the college's enrollment services department.

Lorraine Davis, Mandan, ND



Hosting Visitors

Laurette Pourier

      Congratulations to Laurette Pourier (Oglala Tribe) on becoming a board member of the Dacotah Territory International Visitor Program. She is one four Native women on the 13 member panel that seeks to promote global understanding through professional, cultural and educational person-to-person exchanges. Visitors stay with host families and visit government and private agencies and tribes and tribal organizations in the region. Laurette is coordinator of the UTTC Black Hills Learning Center in Rapid City.

Tom Katus, TKA Associates, Rapid City, SD

Christmas Tree

      The Culture Committee would like to say a special 'Thank You' to those who helped decorate and set-up a United Tribes Christmas Tree at the Bismarck Civic Center: All the young ladies and RA Cindy at Sakakawea Hall for all their hard work on the many dream catchers and beads around the tree; Geno Declay and the Student Senate for the beautifully hand painted Christmas ornaments; Gina Comeau for help setting the tree up at the Civic Center; and last, but not least, Julie Cain for the tree topper. Please stop in at the civic center to see all the beautiful trees!

Mechelle Iron Cloud


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