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Student involvement on campus
By Nathan Dunn, United Tribes Student Senate President
23 November 2009

BISMARCK (UTN) - For National Native American Heritage Month: November 2009 there have been various events which were scheduled to be held in the Student Union (Jack Barden Center lower level).

      On November 3 there was the soup & fry bread contest and the winner would receive: 1st PLace - $100, 2nd Place - Crockpot, 3rd Place - Dishware Set. There was a good turnout, and all were eager to try out who had the best soup and frybread here at UTTC. The results of the contest were:

      1st Place - Sheena & Sonja Cain
      2nd Place - Kara Runs After & Rolenthea Begay
      3rd Place - Karen Merrick & Twyla Crowghost

MATTERS AT HAND: The saying goes: “The world is run by those who attend meetings.” In this case, it was about improving the campus and college experience for students at United Tribes. Members of the UTTC Student Senate met with college leaders, including Vice President Russell Swagger, an experienced group facilitator. Swagger praised the current Student Senate for their activism and led them in a discussion about the kind of future involvement they see for themselves. United Tribes News photo Dennis J. Neumann

      November 11 was Veterans Day and the "Honoring Warriors Of The Past To The Present" was held for United Tribes Veterans. Students and Staff started the celebration with a UNITY prayer held at the Medicine Wheel at 8:30 a.m. The Veteran Honoring continued with a presentation of gifts of appreciations to these Native American Warriors who served for our country and represented our Tribal Nations. A Flag Song was sung by the Wise Spirit Singers while the UTTC Honor Guard brought in the colors. Russell Gillette started the honoring with an opening prayer, followed by speeches by UTTC President Dr. Gipp, Student Senate President Nathan Dunn, Ms. AIHEC Jenna Skunkcap, Vice-President of Academic Phil Baird, and various Honored Veterans who described their experiences. Later on that day a Ribbon Tree Tying ceremony was held at the Medicine Wheel to honor those who had served.

      A viewing of Native American Film "Rain in the Mountains" was held on November 17. Students and members from the community came to view this film and enjoyed some popcorn, drinks and snacks provided by the UTTC Cafeteria, Student Senate and Strengthening Lifestyles Program.

      On November 23, students watched the video of a speech given by UTTC President Dr. Gipp at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.

      On November 26, a Thanksgiving Potluck by the Student Senate is scheduled for those students and other interested people to engage in some fun and food. Students and staff can donate or are welcome to attend this UTTC "family" event. The Strengthening Lifestyles and Student Senate shall be hosting a BINGO that evening as well.

      National Native American Heritage Month will conclude with a presentation about Native American Rights and Treaties by Dr. Phil Baird, VP Academic, Career and Technical Education, in the lower level of the JBC starting at 3 p.m.