United Tribes News Speech Archives
United Tribes Student
Ground Breaking Ceremony
September 8, 2009, United Tribes Technical College New Campus
Good morning. My name is Ki mew no kI hew skwa o, “Pretty Eagle Woman.” My Christian name is Mrs. Lisa Stump.
I am honored to speak here representing my Chippewa and Cree Tribes of the Rocky Boy’s reservation and the Business Administration program at United Tribes.
I arrived here in 2007 and have since witnessed history at United Tribes: Seeing college president Dr. David M. Gipp speak on behalf of tribal Nations at the Democratic National Convention; watching United Tribes Veterans march in the Inaugural Parade of President Barack Obama; and meeting with the newly appointed Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar on his visit to our campus earlier this year.
I was also a part of the 2008 dedication ceremony for this south campus.
Here we are one year later, and again I find myself witnessing another milestone in the growth of United Tribes. I can’t help being amazed at how this once-empty lot is becoming the United Tribes of tomorrow that Dr. Gipp and Vice-Presidents Russell Swagger, Phil Baird, Harriett Skye and other campus leaders envisioned.
Part of the United Tribes vision is to have “a campus community with state of the art facilities.”
In staying true to that vision, the Creator has seen fit to bless us with the resources to make it a reality.
Today I ask the Creator to continue to bless the people who speak and act on behalf of our next generation of modern day warriors. These are the same people who provide a place to learn traditional values while interweaving modern technology into education.
I am proud to be part of this ground breaking ceremony and proud to be a student at United Tribes Technical College.
I ask the Creator to bless us all in our daily lives and I thank you for your time.