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Umonhon Earth Lodge

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Santee Groundbreaking

Santee Tribal Chairman Rodger Trudell

Omaha Tribal Chairman Amen Sheridan

The new Santee Student Center construction is underway!


arch’s ground-breaking ceremony for the all new Santee Student Center meant more than construction. The new $1.3 million permanent facility will be located in the northeast part of Santee, across from the Episcopal Church. The architectural firm of English and Smart is working with Isanti Construction to complete the facility within 175 days. The new Santee Student Center will feature a single-level, 10,005-square-foot facility housing four classrooms, science lab, computer lab, Santee Public Library, a student lounge and five offices. The facility is funded

News in Brief EmployeeTraining

An employee cultural development training is scheduled during the month of April. NICC Instructor, Wynema Morris provides lessons for cultural values and wisdom common not only to Umonhon, but throughout many Native lands. Dates: 4/13 and 4/27 from 10am to 3pm.

Isanti Construction Jim James

NICC President Mike Oltrogge

by $300,000 from the Shakopee Mdewankton Nation and $1 million through a Department of Education Title III Construction grant. The ground-breaking ceremony represents a strong commitment toward community development for the Santee Nation and the surrounding area communities. “After about 40 years in a tribal building, we will be in a college-owned facility,” stated our college president, Mike Oltrogge. Across Indian Country, a growing number of Native nations are working hard to reclaim control over their own affairs, create vibrant economies, revitalize their cultures and languages, and rebuild healthy societies -- all on their own terms. Our communities tend to have a small number of people to draw on, and talented citizens often are already


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NICC Board President Jerry Denny

wearing three or four hats. As an arm and a resource for the Nations we serve this new facility will attract many community members that will further enhance our determinations to advance cultural and educational opportunities in this area to grow our talent base. Education is critical for developing effective leaders, managers, and providing for our community’s cultural needs. We are truly growing into an institution of excellence with guidance from our own citizens. It is the mission of the Nebraska Indian Community College to provide quality higher education and lifelong educational opportunities for Umonhon and Isanti and other learners. It is our hope you will support us in our efforts.

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Graduation and Accreditation POW-WOW

College committees are currently finalizing plans for this years graduation. May 19th at the S. Sioux Cobra Sports Academy (Golf Dome). Graduation starts is at 10:30am -noon. From noon to 1pm we’ll have a meal and then our Accreditation Celebra-

News in Brief continued tion POW-WOW will begin. Plan to attend as it will be an exciting event!

Training for the People

Department of Labor is providing funds to assist workers to develop skills that provide direct employments. The NICC is meeting weekly on Thursdays mornings in pursuit of this proposal for our communities.

Giving Campaign

The college is seeking funding through caring donations to build our stability and capacity to provide advanced and effective education. If you’d like to help us support our critical role within the community give us a call at (402)494 2311 ext 2570.

GoogleVirtual Campus

Representatives from Google will be at each of our campuses on April 23rd and 24th plotting our service to the communities for a virtual campus on Google maps.

NSF STEM Funding

Science Technology Engineering and Math are critical for our communities expansion and leadership within the global world. The NICC meets each Friday afternoons to plan this future growth.

Native Corn Workshop


Keep a look out this month for fliers for our Native Seed Corn workshop to address community concerns. Come to learn from each other and enjoy traditional meals. Five workshops are planned throughout the 2012 growing season, hosted by student instructors.


During the month of March the NICC was awarded a native voices proposal. This provides for archival methods for both the Dakota and Umonhon languages.

Smoking KIlls

Do you want to quit? NICC and the Santee Wellness center are Co-sponsoring a smoking cessation presentation. Where: Santee Health and Wellness training room,When: 4/23/12 5:00 pm. Speakers: Great PlainsTribal Chairman’s HealthBoardandtheCasasaCoalition’s, VanessaTibbits Richard Mousseau.

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his last March at the Sioux City Museum trauma and the effects of trauma. The NICC our Dakota Center of Excellence, led by wishes to thanks all our presenters from this Wyatt Thomas, brought forth training year’s cultural sensitivity training for their for partners, program gift of knowledge for our managers, staff, and area participants. The college leaders on perspectives has two of the lectures to consider when servicrecorded and available for ing and assisting Native community use through people. These two day our public libraries located training sessions are of in Santee and Macy camastonishing value for unpuses. If you would like derstandings to happen to purchase a DVD copy for many unaware of for your program, managthe challenges faced by ers, or individual use they Native people. Many of can be obtained through a the speakers came from Gene Thin Elk - The Red Road Approach donation of $20.00 for the all around Indian councontinuation of these types try to help our communities. Rick Thomas of events. For orders or more information please and Gene Thin Elk provided great insight on contact us here at



o promote an up-and-coming Native Seed Corn workshop, earlier this year we held a contest for T-shirt designs that was won by NICC Student, Israel Harlan of Macy, Nebraska. As a result of his skill and hard work, Israel received a new iPod Touch. Local talent such as Israel’s, and many others within our community is abundant, highly available and what is known as the invisible economy. By sought after but is often under utilized. For starting small, developing skills, networking this reason, it is especially important for us to with others one can make a good living and even remember the most powerful resource, is that progress into the store front visible economy. of human beings that exercise skills and foster The entrepreneurial road is hard work however their interest through learning in a meaningful with balance of sweat and business savvy the productive way. Many times we might overlook road ahead has led to large scale operations. this as a true contributor for driving healthy By supporting individuals with skills and the economies. Often we consider only businesses entrepreneurial spirit we also help to further the that have store brick and mortar fronts. Econ- dollar multiplier effect. By re-circulating and omist call this the visible economy, a prime attracting money within our own communities example of this would be Isanti Construction we can proliferate economic growth and spendor HCI. Just as equally important is the small ing our money with community members with group or individual with skills that can drive skills is a great idea. If you are a community member who would like learn more about entrepreneur business or just like to learn more about expanding your skill, service, or value throughout our communities we’d like to hear from you at Because of Israel’s efforts he was also chosen to work in joint partnership with William Winchell, another local artist in building our new POW-WOW poster for our up and coming Accreditation Winning digital art from Israel Harlan Celebration event on May 19.

Communication for thePeople


adio is the most cost effective and significantly appropriate broadcast communication tool available, being that it is a seasoned technology that the entire rural community has access in their own homes and other areas. The Santee Sioux Nation community has discussed the need for such a communication channel on numerous meetings with overwhelming community support of such activities. Many positive actions and results are stimulated by this project. For instance, this public service can aid economic development by promoting individuals with skills needed, along with the few businesses that exist and help them flourish and expand and encourage new business. By promoting these aspects we encourage a capital multiplier effect within the community and therefore are able to recirculate income inside the community that aids against poverty. News on available tribal positions, needs, and opportunities for community members will be communicated. Segments about available services, cultural events, health and many other community events would note increased participation as this communication vehicle becomes established as a critical tool. Tornado and severe storm warnings would exist to protect the people and guide them to appropriate safety. The beautiful Umonhon and Dakota languages would be broadcast throughout the communities to hear and in itself would lift the community up in a positive way. Education on language would broaden participation for elders

and our youth resulting in a profound new connection for identity through this tool. Education on health issues prominent within the community such as diabetes can happen daily. Local and National drum groups could be heard daily that recharge the soul of the Umonhon and Dakota people. Furthermore, Community radio can be a catalyst for social change cultivating community unity, productivity, education including discussions and debates of critical community issues. In January of 2011 the NICC acquired a grant of assignment from the Santee Sioux Nation to further develop communication through a proposed radio station. The NICC has established legal rights to the proposed radio station through a license with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) for the call letters KZYK, which

will expire on July 28 of 2012. Additionally, the NICC has secured funds that will purchase our entire electronic broadcast equipment needed for the Radio Station and is prepared to execute. The NICC has further more acquired a 60 foot tower needed for operation and has sent out a bid for the tower pad transmitter house with tower erection and respondents have provided a reasonable cost. In this last phase of the project we need to train the staff, and power on the broadcast equipment prior to the expiration of our FCC license. The NICC is looking to caring investors to assist in the last $25,000.00 needed to compete this final phase and will meet with the engineers this month on Monday, April 23. If you are interested in helping to support these efforts please give us a call at (402)494-2311 Ext 2570

NICCCalendar ■■ April 6-9th

April Recess NICC offices closed

■■ April 12th

10 am Building a sweat lodge at the Macy Campus

■■ April 13th

10am - 3pm Cultural Sensitivity Training at the S. Sioux City Campus - Employees only

■■ April 14th

10am - 1pm Board Meeting


April 16th Summer 2012 Registration Begins

■■ April 23rd

5 pm Smoking cessation presentation at the Santee Health and Wellness training room

■■ April 27th

10am-3pm Cultural Sensitivity Training at the S. Sioux City Campus - Employees only

New Employee Corner ■■ Renee Sans

■■ Jessica

■■ Shelly

■■ Sarah

Souci Tribal Extension Macy Campus

Rouillard Student Recruiter Santee Campus

Bausch Human Service S. Sioux City Campus

Rowland Executive Assistant Macy Campus

April 2012 |

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2012AIHEC Representation


ast month in Rapid City, South Dakota, Mary Provost, Henry Love Joy, Todd Stabler, Breland Parker, Ladonna Carrillo, along with Danielle and Renae John led NICC efforts at this year’s American Indian Higher

Education Consortium (AIHEC) student inspiring stories of education. One woman event and opened the experience with a spoke to her collegiate journey in quest for POW-WOW. Our team her dreams which spanned boasted an outstanding three seventeen years over family rounds at the knowledge and economic problems to bowl with the women’s team become an instructor helping leading the way! Renae and others. Country and Western Danielle John performed an Superstar Marty Stuart eninterpretive duet which captertained and also spoke of tivated the audience with a his adopted Native American humorous lesson on greed family who has helped him through stories of a mouse with sobriety and has enabled Renae and Danielle John buffalo and a fox which him to be a better man. The netted fifth place! All enjoyed and participatNICC would like to take this time to let our ed in the volleyball tournament which lasted student members know that we are proud of throughout the day and captured our team your outstanding efforts and leadership in this fourth place and a late dinner. Many speakcollegiate representation! ers from around the lands gathered to share

EarthLodge Quest By the people for the people!


hen the Umonhon first settled this area of Nebraska long ago, it has been said that the knowledge of building earth lodges came from the Arikara. This wonderful knowledge still exists today within our communities and as part of the core vision of the Nebraska Indian Community College we look to foster and revitalize Umonhon and Isanti cultures so it may live through the lives of our future generations. Over the last few months the college has been holding small community meetings every Monday at 1pm at our Macy Campus to discuss the potential for a community event that promotes our earth lodge knowledge though functional application. Donald Porter and family of the Mon’thinka’gaxe clan has provided us with guidance for the location of the Earth Lodge.Tribal member Dwight Robinson of the Hun’ga clan has shared his own earth lodge building memories. The meeting together with the NICC’s Umonhon History, Traditions & Cultures classes have envisioned a community project that builds an earth lodge that is built by the people for the people. The NICC is investigating funding for this activity to assist and support volunteer community members in this endeavour. We are in our planning phase that will build out our natural resources list, other

Potential Earth Lodge Location

material, and heavy equipment needs to assist construction. Although it is the consensus of the group meetings to carry out this activity traditionally, contemporary means will be utilized for

safety and practicality. By the end of this month it is our hopes that we can put forward a good solid work plan for the activity to grow under. It is our sincerest hope that community members will join us every Monday at 1pm at our Macy Campus location so we may do this in unity together by the people for the people. If you would like to participate in our earth lodge survey you can find it here http://www.surveymonkey. com/s/HKS525K. If you would like to help the NICC provide resources and other needs for this projects successful completion please drop us an email at


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