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Kickoff meeting held for Upper Missouri Tribal Environmental Risk Mitigation Project
20 December 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - United Tribes Technical College hosted a kickoff meeting December 12 for the Upper Missouri Tribal Environmental Risk Mitigation (UM-TERM) Project.

      Representatives from federal sponsoring agencies attended, along with several tribal colleges, to discuss resources available for the project.


Listening to United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp at the UM-TERM Kick-off meeting, from near Dr. Gipp to left: Stacey Baker, CTE Director/Business Instructor, Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, ND; Jim Stai, SBA District Director, Fargo, ND; Christine Sorensen, USDA Rural Development Coordinator, Pierre, SD; and Dale Van Eckhout, Senior SBA Area Manager, Bismarck, ND. At rear is Brent Maxon, Brek Maxon, Coordinator of the ND/SD Native American Business Enterprise Center at UTTC. DENNIS J. NEUMANN United Tribes News

      UM-TERM was awarded $1.6 million as part of the Obama Administration’s Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge. The project focuses on the upper Missouri River region in the Dakotas and Montana to help accelerate jobs and business development in natural resources and reduce unemployment in economically distressed tribal areas. The cluster leverages existing resources of tribal colleges, the Native American Business Enterprise Center funded by the Minority Business Development Agency, and tribal planners.

      Represented at the meeting were: the SBA, EDA, DOL and USDA Rural Development, along with Sitting Bull College, Cankdeska Cikana Community College and Fort Berthold Community College.

      The meeting was coordinated by Barbara Schmitt, United Tribes Economic Development Director, 701-255-3285 x 1436, bschmitt@uttc.edu.

      Hear a welcome from United Tribes Technical College President David M. Gipp in the college’s Wellness Center healing room by following this link.

 

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