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(Little Star)



OLC Weekly Bulletin                                                                                   Aug. 25-Sept. 5, 2008


August 28, 2006 declared John Around Him Day in SD by Gov. Rounds


Presidentís Office (Thomas Shortbull)___Gov. Rounds declared August 28, 2006 John Around Him Day, honoring him for his work with Indian inmates in SD prisons by helping them to maintain their connection to culture and heritage.  Shortly after, on September 20, 2006, John passed away and we lost a very special friend, spiritual leader and teacher.  We gained so much from Johnís teachings and his reminders to show respect for everyone and everything.  We can all honor his memory by remembering and practicing his teachings.  <><><>   September Board of Trustees meetings:  Sept. 2 Ė Finance @ 3:30 p.m. and Program Policy @ 4:30 p.m. at the PRCC.  Sept. 3 Ė Personnel @ 5:00 p.m. at Piya Wiconi.  Sept. 4 Ė BOT meeting @ 5:00 p.m. at Piya Wiconi.  <><><>  There will be an All Staff meeting on Friday, September 5, 2008 starting at 11:00 a.m. At this All Staff, we will discuss OLCís NCA Focus Visit that will occur on May 4-5, 2009.  This meeting is very important as I believe all of us here at OLC should know the reason for the visit and the issues that are involved in OLC preparing for the Focus Visit. The process for the NCA focus visit is that a self study report will have to be submitted to NCA in early 2009.   There will be short organizational committee meetings at 1:00 p.m.   Please bring food items assigned to your office or department as listed in memo to All Staff dated Sept. 2nd. 


Personnel (Christina Janis)___Open season to change/add/delete your Optional Benefits begins September 2nd through September 19th, 2008.  In order to make these changes you must complete the appropriate form from Delta Dental, VSP (Vision), or Wellmark for Health Insurance.  You may retrieve these forms from the Personnel Office.  If you have any questions feel free to contact myself or Jolene (455-6087), for more information. 


Student Services (Billi Hornbeck)___Notice:  The deadline for applying for those scholarships listed in OLCís Academic Planner and Catalog is September 5th.  Click on online application to apply Ė and use the same application for all scholarships.  Only complete applications will be considered for selection.  You must fill out the application, write an essay, attach a photo and have a completed Pell on file to be considered complete.  (An original photograph. No copies, no photo IDís).  All students must apply for the PELL grant to be considered for any scholarship even if the student is not eligible for PELL.  All scholarships require a minimum of 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students may only receive one scholarship per semester.  Native American students are to be considered first preference for all scholarships.  See the Counselors at your local college center for applications or more information.


Humanities & Social Sciences (Tony Fresquez)___Announcement from Gary Jones.  A district wide rhetorical competition will be held right here on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  Students will represent the district where they are registered (LaCreek, Pejuta Haka, etc.).   The events will be informative, persuasive, and oral interpretation. If you are interested in participating in this competition please EMail me as soon as possible of your interest and which college you will be representing. A meeting will be scheduled shortly if there is enough interest. Email me at


Math & Science (Jason Tinant)___News from Misty Brave!  I lead Cohort study sessions for Praxis Middle School Science and Math exam this last spring and summer with the help of Ida Red Bear and AJ Silva. Ida helped with the math component and AJ lead sessions in the physical science area.  This test is used nationally and is mandatory for state certification in these areas. Four people took the test in July. Congratulations go out to the two cohort participants who passed the middle school science - Ruth Ann Ridgeway (Crazy Horse School) and Regina Whipple (Batesland School) and Ronald "Bill" Ten Fingers (Loneman) who passed the math exam! The teacher who didn't pass the math exam only missed it by 3 points. There are 13 schools on Pine Ridge Reservation. 23% of schools have been impacted by our cohort. At least one more cohort will be held this year.


Athletic/EAP (Mary Tobacco)___Please allow me to introduce myself as the Athletic/EAP Director.  My office number is 455-6026, and location is room #215, Piya Wiconi.  I am excited about this opportunity to work in the Athletic Program and Employee Assistance, and I look forward to working with the staff and students of Oglala Lakota College.  Feel free to contact me via email ( or telephone, 455-6026, if you have any questions.  Respectfully, Mary Tobacco


Business Office (Chris Noordsy)___Note from Tiffany Lamont, Accounting Clerk.  If you are intending to drive OLC vehicles I need to have a copy of your current driverís license and proof of insurance at least one week before you intend to drive.  If you are currently on our driving list you do not need to worry about this.  If you are not sure if you are currently on this list, please feel free to contact me at 455-6025 or  Thanks


Activities Committee (Theresa Lone Hill)___Announcing the return of the Wazi Paha Festival, a festival celebrating traditional and contemporary Lakota lifeways on September 13, 2008!!  A one day traditional powwow with 2 sessions, intertribal and social dancing, indigenous handgames and stickgames and a tiospaye tipi raising contest will be featured (the team must consist of 2 men and 2 women), demo of the meaning of the paint on a horse and a student film festival.  Also on this day a cookoff will be held presenting the best of wojapi, fried bread, taniga soup and barbeque beef.  Bring your crafts for a competition featuring quilts, beadwork and quillwork for best of show.  There will also be a category for the best of garden produce.  If you have any questions contact the Ag and Natural Resources Department at 455-6085.  Help us by spreading the word!


Applied Science (Marilyn Kockrow)___We have one NEW scholarship, the Mac and Eleanor McKinzey Scholarship, which is for ONE female student for tuition and textbooks until the student graduates or up to four years in one of the Trades Programs.  The McKinseys will be here to interview the students sometime after the application closing date of September 26, 2008.  They strongly believe that a woman can be very successful in construction or any of the other three trades areas.  Letís make this a dream come true for them!   Call Faith Pourier at 455-6080 for the scholarship application.   <><><>   Also available Ė Johnson Scholarship for Entrepreneurship Programs.  Deadline September 26, 2008.  Students need to be registered in one of the following degree programs at the Registrarís Office and must have a 2.50 GPA or better.  Degree programs are: Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Accounting, Tribal Management or General Business.  The applicants will be screened for a 2.50 GPA, Full-Time student status, declared degree at Registrarís Office, letter stating your intention to own or operate a business.  All students must be enrolled in at least ONE course toward the Entrepreneurship Degree.  Call Faith Pourier at 455-6080 for scholarship application. 


PRCC (Shirley Brewer)___Note from Bessie LeBeau, Counselor.   A little message a student reminded me of...  The student is...

..the most important person on the campus.  Without them, there would be no need for the institution.

..not a cold enrollment statistic, but a flesh and blood human being with feelings and emotions like our own.

..not someone to be tolerated so that we can do our own thing.  They are our thing.

..not dependent on us.  Rather, we are dependent on them.

..not an interruption of our work, but the purpose of it.  We are not doing them a favor by serving them.  They are doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.


Fall 2008 Calendar (September/October)

Last Week to Drop 100%                                                                    September 1-5, 2008

Native American Day (offices closed, classes meet)                               October 13, 2008

Departmental Advising                                Oct. 20-Nov. 28


Miscellaneous Items


Life and Work on the Moon: Art and Design Contest 2008-2009  Contest details will be posted online on or before Sept. 1, 2008.   NASA invites college students from the arts, including industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts, to submit their work on the theme: Life and Work on the Moon.  The art contest gives students and faculty an opportunity to form an inter-disciplinary team to collaborate with science and engineering departments, either at their institution or other institutions, to produce the most well-informed art work possible.  High school entries also available.  For more info contact:    Thomas V. Durkin, Deputy Director, NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium, SD School of Mines & Technology, 501 E. Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.  Phone: (605) 394-1975, Fax: (605) 394-5360, Email: Thomas.Durkin@sdsmt.eduWebsite: 


Lakota Peopleís Law Project Art Contest.  Deadline September 10th.  OLC artists!  What does a tiospaye mean to you? The Lakota Child Rescue Project, a non-profit law office is looking for an image of a Lakota famil that can be used on t-shirts, flyers, posters, etc.  The image can be produced in any medium (paint, pencil, computer graphics), in any style (traditional, contemporary, etc) as long as it can be reproduced.  Creativity, authenticity and quality are key!  Submissions are due absolutely no later then Wednesday, September 10th.  Submit your work to the Main office of the Lakota Peopleís Law Project located adjacent to OLC at 117 Knollwood Dr.  Artistís name and contact information should be included.  Winner will receive $150 award and local and state-wide exposure. 


Tribal College Journal.  Whatís your story?  Send your entries for the 2009 edition of Tribal College Student!  Send us your best work for next yearís student edition!  Poems, short stories, personal narratives.  Deadline: February 6, 2009.  Send entries to:

Questions: Visit  Or call: 1-888-899-6693.  Specifications:  Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words.  Provide two paragraphs of biographical information. Entrants must be enrolled in a tribal college but do not have to be an American Indian to participate.  Entries in Native languages especially encouraged; submit English translation as well.   Tribal College Student, P.O. Box 720, Mancos, CO 81328, phone 970-533-9170. 


Childrenís Society is looking for Native American Foster Parents/Families.  Currently, there are over 1,500 children in the South Dakota foster care system.   The need for foster homes and families is huge and it is immediate.  Of greatest need are Native American Foster Parents/Families. Placing Native American children with Native American families aids in preserving and promoting culture and community -- which is vital to children. We are seeking people (single, married, families with children, young, old) who might be interested in becoming licensed as foster parents. Foster parents can be home owners or renters and may or may not have parenting experience. Foster Families receive financial assistance to help with child care and other costs. Children in foster care have their own medical, dental and vision insurance.   For more information about foster care and being a foster parent, please call 605.343.2598.   Michelle Sauvage, Foster Care Recruitment Specialist, Childrenís Home Society, 1330 Jolly Lane, Rapid City, SD 57703,, (605)343-2811