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AIHEC 2011 conference set for Bismarck
29 December 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - The American Indian Higher Education Consortium 2011 Student Conference is scheduled for April 16-19 in Bismarck, ND. The theme is: “Strengthening Our Culture through Agri-Culture.”

      The annual event is attended by about 1,200 students, faculty and administrators involved in American Indian higher education. The main attraction for students is a series of friendly competitions that test mastery in the range of learning at the nation’s 37 tribal colleges and universities. The gathering offers workshops featuring American Indian educational professionals, meetings of tribal college leaders, and a basketball tournament with exciting encounters between tribal college teams.

      Sponsors are the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, US Department of Agriculture, American Indian College Fund, and the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges through its six member organizations: Candeska Cikana Community College, Fort Berthold Community College, Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College and United Tribes Technical College.

      The conference is headquartered at the Bismarck Civic Center where the majority of the student competitions will take place. Some events and activities will be held at United Tribes.

      Conference details, including tentative schedule, lodging and vendor information, are posted at http://aihec.sittingbull.edu/.

      For more information, please contact Koreen Ressler, Sitting Bull College, 701-854-8001, koreenr@sbci.edu, or visit the website: www.sittingbull.edu.

      March 15 is the deadline for two steps involved with the 2011 AIHEC Conference in Bismarck: to submit advertisements for the conference printed program and/or to register for an exhibitor/vendor booth.

      The conference takes place April 16-19 at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall and is expected to attract 1,200 students, faculty and administrators from around the nation who are involved in American Indian higher education.

      Details about submitting ads for the printed program can be found at the conference website at http://www.aihec.sittingbull.edu, or by contacting Jaci Two Bears, jacitb@sbci.edu, 701- 854-8072, or Pamela Ternes, pamelat@sbci.edu, 701- 854-8090, both at Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND, one of the host colleges.

      Booth exhibitors/vendors may also visit the conference website for information or contact: Tim Krahler, timk@sbci.edu, 701-854-8059;  Jennifer Jewett, Jenniferj@sbci.edu, 701-854-8125; or Laurie Running Hawk, Laurierh@sbci.edu, 701-854-8110.

      Space in a central location of the conference is available for 83 booth exhibitors/vendors; The first 83 paid will be allowed in. If booth space is available after March 15, a notice will be posted on the website.


  • Currently enrolled at least half-time with a minimum of six credit hours per quarter or per semester
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA for students previously enrolled; Those not previously enrolled (e.g., new, transfers), must be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress
  • Cannot be a full-time college employee
  • Must have written certification of current college credits and academic standing

AIHEC Demographic Information

Every tribal college in the United States is an AIHEC member
Expect 1,200 tribal representatives, faculty and students to attend the conference in Bismarck
37 tribal colleges will be represented at the event
Tribal colleges are in 13 states around the nation
Tribal colleges have an enrollment of approximately 17,000 students


Art Show, Business Competitions, Critical Inquiry, Film Festival, Hand Games, Knowledge Bowl, Mr. & Ms. AIHEC, Science Poster & Oral  Competition, Science Bowl, Speech, Traditional Plants, Web Page Competition, Writing


1st Annual Art Fair: Opportunity for students to highlight more of their work and talent than during the Art Exhibition and Competition. Students are encouraged to show, network and market their work to a larger public audience. All AIHEC students are invited to participate.

AIHEC Powwow: Saturday, April 16. Bismarck Civic Center Exhibit Hall B. Registration 6 p.m. Grand Entry 7 p.m.

Volleyball Tournament: Co-ed (3 men/3 women/1 alternate), United Tribes Technical College Gymnasium

Pool Tournament: Student and staff divisions; Rules, regulations and registration available on-site at United Tribes Technical College

Wii Sports Tournament: Civic Center; On-site registration

Student Dance: Tuesday, April 19, 8 p.m., Civic Center

Cyber Café: Civic Center


The conference workshop committee is accepting proposals for presentations for Board of Directors, administration, faculty and staff, and student focused workshops on the theme: “Strengthening Our Culture through Agriculture.” Subjects should be associated with higher education and, in particular, tribal colleges as they relate to the theme. Workshops with elders as presenters will be given priority. Workshops take place Sunday and Monday, April 17 and 18 in the following time frames: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; 1 – 2:30 p.m.; and 3 – 4:30 p.m.

About the Logo

The 2011 AIHEC conference logo was designed by Harriet Black Hoop, a student from Sitting Bull College majoring in Environmental Science. Harriet says the theme, "Strengthening Our Culture Through Agri-Culture," came to mind when she was told USDA was sponsoring the conference. “Native Americans are agricultural, growing their own food, helping share the process throughout the ages, and continuing today. The sunflower and corn represent major crops grown in the Dakotas. The buffalo is a sacred animal; it provided most of the basic needs and without it Native Americans would not have been able to survive. The eagle is sacred to most of our cultures and a sign of good luck.”

Exhibitor/Vendor Opportunities

  • Build Relationships with TC students and staff
  • Potential to recruit graduates
  • Possible customers
  • Distribute information
  • Sell goods


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