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United Tribes Veterans Honored
23 December 2012

HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS: The United Tribes Veterans group, Freedom Defenders, presented its first-ever scholarship November 16 during an all-campus Veterans honoring. Brett Smith (Standing Rock), Fort Yates, ND, was named recipient of a $250 award for Spring Semester 2013, presented here by Mike Iken, UTTC Counselor and Veterans group coordinator. Smith, a student in the Criminal Justice bachelors program, served eight years in the U. S. Army. He was selected to receive the scholarship based on his essay response to this question: “How did your time in the Military help make you a better student?” His response is reprinted here.

DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News

DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News

How my time in the military helped make me a better student?

By Brett Smith, UTTC Criminal Justice Student

My time in the military helped by reinforcing few values that I learned growing up. I relate the “Seven Core Values of the Army” to my personal life and my upbringing. L.D.R.S.H.I.P. is the acronym for those values and they played a huge part in growing up, while I was in the Army, and even more so now as I further my education.

  1. Loyalty: To my school, my fellow students and my instructors.
  2. Duty: It is my duty to be in class on time, turn in my work on time and always lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
  3. Respect: For myself, my family, friends, classmates and anyone I interact with.
  4. Selfless Service: Doing the right thing without expecting anything in return; Lending a helping hand without expecting reward.
  5. Honor: In what I do; Getting an education is something I take pride in.
  6. Integrity: Being honest; don’t cheat.
  7. Personal Courage: Going back to school is a huge step! Having the courage to face the world where things can be tough; overcoming any hardships that follow.

I take these values and use them for daily motivation in everything I do in my classes, with my friends and family, and most of all, with the “higher-ups,” my instructors.

I believe it’s important to observe them all. I lived by them during six years of active duty. They support to each other. If you neglect one, then the next will fall away.

Veterans Day 2012

Veterans Day 2012

It Was The Veteran

It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It was the Veteran, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech,
It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag,
Who served under the flag,
And Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

– Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

"This Nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." – Elmer Davis

"American Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world." – John Doolittle

‘Thank You’ Veterans of United Tribes

Bud Anderson
Mark Anderson
Sam Azure
Richard Fiddler
Russell Gillette
David M. Gipp
Andi Gladson
Mike Iken
Donovan Lambert
Louis “Buster” Laundreaux
Dennis Lowman
Curtis Maynard
Terrance Moericke
Ron Newman
Wayne Pruse
David Raymo
Margaret Red Shirt
Janet Thomas
William Titus
Mike Upham
Jay Wheeler

Chad Austin
Ryan Baker
Dan Balch
Waylon Black Crow
Mary Brown
Jacklyn Craig
Gene Declay
Brandyn Derrick
Lauren Derrick
Mary Brown
Gabriella Eagle
Nicolas Gladue
Jarell Grant
Billi Jo Gravseth
Chris Hilfer
Erica Jones
Sicangu Lee
Ashley Lommen
Sir Edward Manning
Andrew Montriel
Carlo Quarry
Isaiah Rave
Dave Shepherd
Marie Short bull
Brett Smith
Dustin Thompson
Preston Wise Spirit
Larry Yankton
Angel Young

– Compiled by Mike Iken, Center for Academic/Personal Counseling; UTTC Veterans Coordinator



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