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UTTC to award Native leader fellowships
April 24 2014


BISMARCK (UTN) – Sister Thomas Welder from the University of Mary is guest speaker Wednesday, May 7 for the United Tribes Native American Leaders dinner. A program of friendship and entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Bismarck Municipal Country Club. The public is invited.

           United Tribes will confer fellowships on UTTC students to expand their educational experience and empower them to join the next generation of Native American Leaders.

           The fellowships are named for United Tribes Chancellor David M. Gipp (Hunkpapa Lakota-Standing Rock).

           Sister Welder is a former University of Mary President. Her long and distinguished leadership of the private university at Bismarck began in 1978, the same time Gipp began his career of service and leadership at United Tribes.

           “The fellowships recognize and encourage young people who have started preparing for leadership work,” says Gipp. “They’re awarded on merit to those most likely to improve the lives of Native people by contributing to the betterment of a tribe or tribal community.”

           Along with a stipend for educational expenses, the fellowships provide opportunities for professional and personal development. Students interact with the media, write reports, fundraise, testify at public hearings, and participate in policy meetings. The experience is aimed at developing leadership skills, clarifying career commitments, building a leadership network, and extending contacts to other leaders beyond the college. Previous recipients have enhanced their personal potential, talent and leadership strengths, and built skills and management ability to more successfully engage in the responsibilities and challenges in their future.

           Cost for the dinner is $75/plate or $500 for a table of nine. All proceeds will help support the fellowship recipients. Reservations can be made by contacting Joey McLeod Thomas: 701-255-3285 x 1520, jmcleod@uttc.edu. The Bismarck Municipal Country Club is located at 930 Griffin Street.
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AT-A-GLANCE
Native American Leaders Dinner
Wednesday, May 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Bismarck Municipal Country Club, 930 Griffin Street
Public Invited; $75/plate
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