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Dedication program in 1969 started training center
27 August 2009


40 YEARS AGO: The United Tribes Employment Training Center was formally dedicated on September 6, 1969. Attending the program on the front porch of Sakakawea Hall were officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of Labor, United States Congress, State of North Dakota, the tribes of North Dakota, city of Bismarck, and the Bendix Field Engineering Corporation. The public was invited and 750 residents of Bismarck-Mandan and the tribal reservations in North Dakota responded. Two days later, classes began for the first time on campus, offering instruction in these vocations: Prevocational, Business Clerical, Food Service and Nurse’s Aide. By the end of the year 39 students were making satisfactory progress in eight vocational training programs, according to a report by Bendix.


Bismarck Mayor E. V. Lahr speaking at the dedication program.