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OLC Weekly Bulletin                                                                                         April 28-May 2,  2008


President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull)___There will be an All Staff meeting on Friday, May 2, 2008 starting at 10:30 a.m. during which time end of the year announcements will be made and staff awards will be presented.   Committee meetings will commence at 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.  The President’s Office will be providing the noon meal at this All Staff Meeting.


HS/EHS (Michelle Yankton)___Head Start graduation dates and times: 

1.      Allen HS (13 students) – May 9th @ 2 pm

2.      Kyle HS (20 students) – May 9th @ 10 am

3.      Martin HS (15 students) – May 9th @ 10 am

4.      Manderson HS (13 students) – May 9th @ 12 pm

5.      Oglala HS (15 students) – May 9th @ 11 am

6.      Porcupine HS (17 students) – May 9th @ 1 pm

7.      PRHS (55 students) – May 9th @ 10 am

8.      Red Shirt HS (5 students) – May 9th @ 1 pm

9.      Wakpamni HS (4 students) – May 9th @ 10 am

10.  Wanblee HS (20 students) – May 8th @ 11 am

11.  Wounded Knee HS (10 students) – May 9th @ 10 am

For more information contact Jacqueline J. M. Randall, HS/EHS Secretary, at 455-6114.


Lakota Language Institute (Bryan Charging Cloud)___Mitakuyepi  (all my relatives).  Here is e-mail in Lakota. (108a male and 108b female)

1.  I shake your hands with a good heart. Male speaker:  Cante wasteya nape ciyuzapi  yelo.  Female speaker:  Cante wasteya nape ciyuza pe.   Chan-te-  wash-te-ya  na-pe  ci-yu-za pe.  cante:  heart,  wasteya:  good way, nape:  hand, yelo and pe:  male and female gender endings

2.  Thank you to all.  Male speaker:  wopila heca yelo.  Female speaker:  wopila heca ksto.  Wo-pi-la

wopila:  thank you to all, heca:  that is/this,  is…eg: thank-you to all, yelo and ksto:  male and female gender endings.  anpetu waste yuha po  (have a good day). 


Business Office (Andy Thompson)___Announcement from Mia Albers, Office Mgr.  THIS APPLIES TO ALL EMPLOYEES FULL TIME, PART TIME OR TEMPORARY!!!!!  The quarterly activity reports (for those of you paid out of more than one funding source) covering the time period OCT-07 to DEC 0-07 and Jan 08 to March 08 are due this month.  Please get these to me as soon as possible.  Also remember that the semi-annual certification forms (for those of you who are paid 100% out of one funding source) were due April 08 also.  ( for the time period Oct 07-March 08).  Please take a few minutes of your time to complete the necessary forms. These are very important!!  These reports are to satisfy the A--87 Audit Report for personnel who work with more than one grant.   ALSO if you did not complete all required for last fiscal year please turn them in ASAP. The auditors do ask for these when they come.  Supervisors please let your employees know of any funding changes made for Budget Mod II.  Thank you. 


Woksape Tipi (Michelle May)___Great news from the library…….the semester is winding up…. or down…..depends on where you are standing…..……..If you are in the library: NEW MATERIALS……from the Indian Land Working Group: The Indian Land Consolidation Manual -2 copies with cd’s; Native Strategic Land Planning Workbook -2 copies with cd’s; Indian Land Data; Land Acquisition and Financing; Leasing of Indian Land; Land Exchange and Consolidation and Estate Planning and Probate - 2 sets with cd’s.  There will be one copy of everything for checkout and one copy will be placed in reference…….come over, get a library card and check out some materials!!...thanks Lorie Broberg for requesting this material!!!!   <><><>   Woksape Tipi and Lakota Language Institute will host a reception/book signing with author Steven T. Newcomb, his work is titled Pagans in the Promised Land – Decoding the Doctrine of Christian Discovery……We are having a special reception and book signing with Steve at Woksape Tipi on Friday, May 9, 2008 from 1-3.  If you would like to have Steve visit your class during this week, please let me know and we can help you with the arrangements!!!!!


Lakota Studies (Karen Lone Hill)___The Lakota Studies Department will be conducting its annual Lakota Oral Proficiency Interviews for OLC staff and faculty on Friday May 23, 2008 beginning at 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., so if you are interested in having your Lakota language proficiency assessed, contact Karen Lone Hill at Piya Wiconi  to schedule your appointment. Language bonuses will be paid according to your proficiency level. Contact Karen at (605) 455-6100 (leave a message if I’m not there) or email me at


Education (Art Fisher)___I want to announce that the Early Childhood Program is now housed at OLC's Education Department.  There are rumors out there that the BA in Early Childhood will be replaced by a state approved program in ECH.  The BA Program in ECH will remain, although the Education Department is working on state approval in a Birth-Age 8 Early Childhood and also adding an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education.  <><><>  The Reading Children’s Literature Class at Porcupine is engaged in a Service Learning Project.  April is poetry appreciation month so all the activities are based around reading and writing poetry.  <><><>  Earlier this month Shannon Amiotte participated in a meeting of The National Reading 1st Higher Education Consortium.  The group consist of 20 reading specialist,  from 20 different states who are seeking to establish a model for preparing effective reading teachers. 


New babies: 

The rest of the story:  Introducing Sakurako (Cherry Blossom) Tinant! 


We have another addition to the OLC family:  Dawn Frank had an 8 lbs. 5 oz. baby girl April 29th at 3:00 p.m.   Welcome!  You’ll have the rest of the story next week. 


Activities (Theresa Lone Hill)___ATTENTION:  The activities committee is reminding and asking for donations to sponsor the 2008 wacipi categories for our graduation powwow.  The category sheets for signing up are in the conference room at the Piya Wiconi administrative building.  For more information you can contact Theresa Lone Hill @! 605-455-6085 or Diane Winters @ 605-455-6022. 


KOLC TV Schedule

Here is the schedule for this week. Please let me know of any events in your area that you feel would be newsworthy for KOLC and something for OLC’s archives. Thanks.  Tony Brave

 8:00am: Welcome

  8:08am: Lyle Noisy Hawk

  9:50am: Kiwanis Boxing, Gordon, NE Pt.1

11:59am: Impeach Justice Douglas!

  2:30pm: Kiwanis Boxing, Gordon, NE Pt. 2

  4:00pm: Lakota History II, Intro Class

  5:08pm: Lyle Noisy Hawk

  6:50pm: Kiwanis Boxing, Gordon, NE Pt.1

  9:00pm: Impeach Justice Douglas!

11:30pm: Kiwanis Boxing, Gordon, NE Pt. 2

  1:00am: Lakota History II, Intro Class

  2:07pm: End of Day



Spring 2008 Calendar (May)

May 9....................................Regular Classes End

May 14..................................Faculty’s Last Day

May 12-16.............................Make-up Period

May 16..................................Grades Due

May 26..................................Memorial Day (Offices Closed)

May 30..................................Last Day for Chairs


Announcements of Internships, Workshops, etc.:

Portraits of Compassion Video Story Contest.  Deadline May 1, 2008.    The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives invites you to participate in the Portraits of Compassion video story contest.  This contest is designed to shine a light on the countless caring Americans who offer help and hope to their neighbors in need as part of President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative.   The mission of the Faith-Based and Community Initiative is to strengthen both faith-based and other community-based service organizations and to grow government’s collaboration with them to aid people in need.  Over the past seven years, tens of thousands of partnerships have formed between government and dedicated nonprofits, extending service and hope to millions of needy individuals both at home and abroad.  The Portraits of Compassion video story contest is a chance to honor this vital work and inspire others to service as well.  Eligible applicants include any domestic or international nonprofit organization that has partnered with a Federally-funded program since 2001 to serve the needy.  Applications must include a “video story” of three minutes or less that can be uploaded on a free online video sharing service such as YouTube, Google Video, iTunes, or MySpace.  All videos must be submitted as an Internet link by May 1, 2008.  To learn more or to submit an application, visit  Winning videos will be premiered during the White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in Washington, D.C., on June 26 and 27, 2008 and showcased nationally on the Conference website.  This Conference is free and open to the public.  Online registration for the Conference is available at  by clicking on the “Washington DC” conference link at the top right corner.  

Jay Hein, Director, White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives


Johnson seeking summer and fall intern applicants.  Call or email for deadline.  As students begin to plan for their summer and fall semesters, U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) is now accepting applications for summer and fall internship positions in his Washington, DC, Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen offices.  The Washington, DC internship program matches interns’ interests to South Dakota and federal issues and provides a firsthand opportunity to experience a wide-range of office duties.  Interns may attend hearings, research issues for projects, and work with the office administrative staff.  Students may also apply to intern in the press shop for Johnson.  Press interns work on tracking media coverage, organizing clips, writing releases and other various press shop activities, as needed.  College sophomores, juniors and seniors are encouraged to apply for the internship program.  College credits or a stipend are available. To apply for a state office internship, please call toll-free at 1-800-537-0025.  To apply for a Washington, D.C. internship, interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample to:  Senator Tim Johnson,  ATTN: Lindsey Wagner, Intern Coodinator or Jeff Gohringer, Press Intern Coordinator, 136 Hart SOB, Washington, DC 20510.  By Fax to: 202-228-5765.  Or by Email to: or 


Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS) is still taking applications for the upcoming 2008 summer program!  If you know of a student who is looking to jumpstart their career or develop professional experience through an internship in the public sector, send them to All forms and detailed information are available for download from the website.  If you have any specific questions, you can call our office at (202) 885-5934 or (800) 853-3076.  You can also email our office at If you are unfamiliar with WINS, we have been in operation for 15 years in creating leaders for Indian Country through sponsorship of federal agencies and American University.  The program is an all-expense paid 8-week internship within the public and private sector of the D.C. area.  Please forward to students, staff and faculty.   Jack Soto, Director, Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS), Washington Semester AI/NA Program, American University, Capital Building, Room 114, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016-8083 USA, T - 202-895-4879, F - 202-895-4882, C - 202-445-5211,,


Creating Schoolyard Habitats Workshop for educators, aides, administrators, community members & parents.  May 10, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., pine Ridge High School.  Free workshop includes continuing Education Credit from CO School of Mines, Creating Schoolyard Habitat and Access Nature Curriculum, Lunch & Refreshments, SD Native Plant and Wildlife Reference Guides, Ongoing NWF support, Global Warming effects in South Dakota.  To register: email or call Alexis Bonogofsky, National Wildlife Federation,, 406-252-2886. 


National Congress of American Indians.   The National Congress of American Indians is seeking youth to be a part of their Youth Ambassador Leadership Program.  Please read the information about this program in the NCAI Broadcast below.  They have provided links where you can go to find out more information on the program and access the application.  Applications are due August 1, 2008.

Applications for the 2008 NCAI Youth Ambassador Leadership Program are now available. 

The YALP is a scholarship program open to males and females aged 17-25.  The Ambassadors, one male and one female, serve a two-year term representing and promoting NCAI and the NCAI Youth Commission and aiding the NCAI Youth Commission leadership in its meetings and functions when requested.  Ambassadors are chosen every two years at the NCAI Annual Convention.  Anyone may apply who is eligible for NCAI membership according to the NCAI Constitution, has support from their tribal council, and is a full time student at the high school, college, or graduate level.

Each Ambassador will receive a $2,500 scholarship to be paid directly to their academic institution. 

 To apply to be an NCAI Youth Ambassador, please visit the NCAI Youth webpage  or fill out the NCAI Youth Ambassador Leadership Program Application.  Applications must be received by August 1, 2008 and must be complete in order to be considered.  For any questions, please contact our office at (202) 466-7767.


REZ Happenings:

On the Land of the Oglala: A Horseback Ride Across the Homeland.  May 7 – May 11, 2008. From the east to the west boundary.  We live on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which consists of 2.5 mil. acres.  How many of our youth have seen our land?  Other than what they see from a car!  This is an opportunity to bring awareness about our homeland to our youth.  The freedom of movement on our land!  Contact: Percy White Plume 867-5834,


1st Annual Race Across the Reservation.  100 mile 4 Horse Relay, 2 Day Race $100 Entry Fee.  May 10-11, 2008 -- $2000 added purse.  WAR PONIES ONLY!  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th places will be paid.  16-18 yrs w/parental consent.  Experienced riders only.  Horse must be sound to enter!   Contact committee members for rules.  Committee members & contact info:  Alan Reddy 441-4957, CJ Clifford 867-1920, Marge Spider 867-1920, Ramona White Plume 867-1024