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Wellness Center to be named for college founder
11 August 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - A new wellness center on the campus of United Tribes Technical College will be dedicated September 5 in the name of one of the college's founders.

      UTTC will host a grand opening and dedication ceremony on Tuesday, September 5 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center.

Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center
The rounded design of the southeast wing of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center at United Tribes Technical College will be a place for traditional ceremonies that emphasize the circular nature of life. The newly constructed building will be dedicated on Tuesday, September 5 in Bismarck. UTN Photo.

      Goodhouse was chairman of the Devils Lake Sioux Tribe, Fort Totten, North Dakota (presently the Spirit Lake Nation) from 1957 to 1972. He was responsible for changing the tribe's name from "Fort Totten Tribe," to "Devils Lake Sioux Tribe."

      As one of the original signers of the charter that created United Tribes of North Dakota, he helped organize United Tribes Educational Technical Center (UTETC), as the college was known then.

      Goodhouse is credited with steady leadership throughout the 1960s that guided the development of community infrastructure, tribal programs and the tribe's land base.

      When Congress passed Public Law 280, offering states the option of assuming civil and criminal jurisdiction over tribes, Goodhouse was among a small group of North Dakota tribal leaders who rallied support for retaining tribal integrity and sovereignty.

      "He served at a time when tribes had little or no power or funding to help advance their development," said David M. Gipp, UTTC President. "He was a man of quiet determination whose work helped this college."

      The $2.7 million Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center will offer mainstream and holistic wellness practices by a combined staff of 50 employees in student health, counseling, chemical health, the college's athletic and fitness programs, and the strengthening lifestyles program.

      The consolidation is part of a long-range plan initiated in 2002 to improve and sustain the health and wellness of the campus community. The effort is headed up by Dennis A. Renville, director of Community Wellness Services.

      Four primary sources provided funds for the wellness center construction: U. S. Department of Education, USDA Rural Development, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Prior Lake, MN, and the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      The dedication program and ribbon cutting will take place in the college gymnasium, followed by tours of the new building.


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