Wicah’pi Cikala

(Little Star)

“Celebrating 40 years ~ 1971-2011”


OLC Weekly Bulletin                                     May 2-6, 2011


Congratulations to students placing in AIHEC Competitions!   Critical Inquiry 3rd: Charles Bush & Charles Eagle Bull <> Speech 3rd: Tyler One Horn <> Art/Beadwork 2nd: Luke Dubray <>  Art/ Quillwork 3rd: Mark White Bull <>  Film Festival 3rd: Dena Lone Hill <>  Science Oral 3rd: Rebecca Bingham <>  Science Poster 3rd: Brandon One Feather <>  Business Competition. Economics 1st & Management 3rd: Nichole Cottier <>  One Act Play 3rd: Tyler One Horn, Adonnica Little, Lori Chavez, Jeff Not Help Him & Corey Stover <>  Archery Team 3rd: Preston Tuttle, Akisa Milk, Frank Yellow Hawk & Anthony Spotted Wolf   <> Volleyball Team 1st: Nichole Cottier, Alicia Running Eagle, Desirae Blacksmith, Lisa Bear Robe, John Hollow Horn & William Kills Enemy.   Thank you all for representing OLC, your families, your communities & the Oglala Nation.  And, last but not least, a big thank you to all the coaches. 


President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull)___ There will be an All Staff meeting to recognize the students who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd at the AIHEC Spring Conference on Friday, May 6th, 2011 starting at 11:10 a.m.  The last of the Committee meetings will commence from 10:00 – 11:10 a.m. In order to provide a meal for everyone (150-160 staff) you all need to bring some kind of dish.  <><><>  The second All Staff will be held on May 13th at 10:30 a.m., and it will be when we have the end of the year Staff Awards.  <><><>  May BOT Meetings: Tuesday, May 24, Finance @ 3:00 p.m. and Program Policy @ 4:00 p.m. at PRCC; Wednesday, May 25, Personnel @ 4:00 p.m. at Piya Wiconi; Thursday, May 26, Board of Trustees @ 5:00 p.m. at Piya Wiconi. 


HeSapa CC (Shirley Lewis)___NACA Wopila Gathering, Friday, May 6, 2011.  The HeSapa College Center students would like to invite the public to come participate in an honoring, powwow and various other activities.  Including social dances, handgames, art show, raffles & dinner.  Doors open at 12:00 Noon.  Grand entries will start at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Call Kelly Looking Horse @ 605-891-1319 for more information. 


Education (Thomas Raymond)___Announcement from Shannon Amiotte.  Connie Ahrens (Sicangu), an adjunct instructor at the He Sapa College Center, has just been awarded the Nation’s highest honor for K-6 teachers of mathematics.  On April 28, 2011, President Obama named 85 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration. Connie has taught at the elementary level for 15 years in the Todd County, St. Francis and Rapid City School Districts. The past 7 years she has been a math specialist teaching in grades 2 through 5 at Knollwood Heights Elementary in Rapid City.  She has been an adjunct instructor for the OLC Education Department for 3 years, teaching Mathematics for the Elementary Teacher I, II and III, as well as the Methods of Teaching Early Childhood Numeracy and Elementary Mathematics. Congratulations, Connie!!! We are very proud of you!  The White House Press Release along with the list of this year’s recipients is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/04/28/president-honors-outstanding-math-and-science-teachers. Information about the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching may be found at http://www.paemst.org.


Note from Editor___The documentary titled “Good Meat” is now being featured on PBS.  The documentary featuring Beau LeBeau is a look at one man’s struggle to maintain a traditional Native diet on a modern reservation.  Sam Hurst, Executive Hurst, Executive Producer, Writer & Director.  Larry Pourier, Producer & Co-Creator. 


Eagle Nest CC (Georgia Rooks)___The Community/Continuing Education Department is sponsoring eight weeks of classes on Positive Indian Parenting and Healthy Relationships at ENCC. The instructor is Mrs. Carol Iron Rope-Herrera.  The scheduled dates are: March 24 & 31, April 7, 14, 21 & 28 and May 12 & 19, 2011. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  The participants will receive CEU and Completion of Certificate. (Further info: Contact Phyllis Swift Hawk at 462-6274).


Rapid City CC (Shirley Lewis)___Jr. Bettelyoun, Director of Indian Education for the RCAS, has requested the participation and presence of OLC graduates at the, all high school feathering ceremony and pow-wow, to be held at Stevens on Wednesday, May 18th, at 4:00 pm.   Special seating will be provided and OLC students will be recognized.  Jr. and I felt it important to recognize our Rapid City graduating class, at the Senior High Level, and to provide encouragement and support, and congratulations, to both their graduating class and to ours.  Please notify your graduates and encourage them to sign up and attend.  I will be picking up the sign up sheets during the 1st week in May. Thank you.  Contact: Shirley Lewis, 605-342-1513 or slewis@olc.edu.


Graduate Studies (Dr. Dawn Frank)___ 2011 GRADUATE STUDIES FINAL COLLOQUIUM.  The Graduate studies program will hold the 2011 Colloquium for the 2011 graduate students on May 13, 2011 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. The colloquium will be held in the Oglala Lakota College Multipurpose building within the Piya Wiconi Campus in Kyle, SD.  This event is for the Graduate Candidates who will have completed their final Capstone project for the Lakota Leadership and Management and Lakota Leadership and Management: Education Administration Degree program.  For more information please contact the Graduate Studies Personnel at (605) 455-6007 or email dfrank@olc.edu, athompson@olc.edu, geastman@olc.edu, dcournoyer@olc.edu,   <><><>  GRADUATE STUDIES 2011 TANKAL LAKA OMNICIYE.  The Graduate Studies Department would like to send out a save the date announcement regarding the 2011 “Tankal Laka Omniciye” for the graduate students, OLC PhD fulltime and PhD adjunct faculty, and OLC Staff interested in being on a Graduate Students Committee.  This Gathering will be held at the Multi Purpose Building located on the Piya Wiconi Campus in Kyle, SD on Friday May 13, 2011 from 12:00 pm to 3:00pm immediately following the 2011 CAP/SCAP Colloquium. This reception is to assist the Graduate student who wishes to enter the SCAP/CAP next year in selecting a committee member(s). Graduate Candidates will be able to meet with all OLC PhD faculty and staff to discuss their SCAP/CAP topic and research ideas.  Only the Graduate Candidates who have attended the Mandatory and required CAP/SCAP preparation meeting held on April 11 or 14, 2011, should attend.  For more information

please contact the Graduate Studies Personnel at (605) 455-6007 or email dfrank@olc.edu, athompson@olc.edu, geastman@olc.edu, dcournoyer@olc.edu,


Humanities (Tony Fresquez)____OLC to present an Oglala Cultural Experience with a stage play, dancers, traditional foods, vendors, traditional games and more.  Summer 2011:  July 29 & 30.  August 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 and 26 & 27.  7:00p.m. each evening at OLC Powwow grounds @ Piya Wiconi Campus.  Special admission rates for Pine Ridge Reservation residents and OLC students.   Updates to follow in Weekly Bulletin as it progresses.  Contact: Dr. Kiri Close, Humanities Department, (308) 360-0668) - kclose@olc.edu, BLOG: http://mail.olc.edu/~kclose/index.php, Twitter, Facebook, Bebo, Skype.  Gerald Cournoyer @ 455-6089 or gcournoyer@olc.edu.


KOLC TV (Tony Brave)___ This week features two new Woglakapi Shows as well as a pair of Wacipi's from Crazy Horse and Wolf Creek Schools. We also have the boys and girls Bigfoot Conference All Star Basketball Games from Porcupine, SD. Also to close out the month of April we have a special poetry reading from the acclaimed author Elizabeth Lynn-Cook filmed at the Pejuta Haka College Center, as well as special interview with OLC's President Tom Shortbull.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

8:08am: Woglakapi Show: LeToy Lunderman of White Buffalo Calf Women's Society

8:40am: Tasunka Witko Owayawa

11:46am: Bigfoot Conference Boys All Stars Basketball Game

12:57pm:Woksapi Tipi Presents: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn ,Author, Poet, Historian

2:47pm: Tasunka Witko Owayawa

6:03pm: Woglakapi Show: LeToy Lunderman of White Buffalo Calf Women's Society

6:37pm: Bigfoot Conference Boys All Stars Basketball Game

7:48pm: Woksapi Tipi Presents: Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Author, Poet, Historian

9:32pm: Bigfoot Conference Boys All Stars Basketball Game

Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

8:07am: Woglakapi Show: Nick Tilsen, Thunder Valley-Community Dev. Corp.

8:45am: 2011 Tusweca Wacipi Afternoon Session

12:13pm: Bigfoot Conference Girls All Star Basketball Game

1:10pm: 2011 Tusweca Wacipi Evening Session

4:23pm:  Joe Lafferty Presentation

5:16pm: Woglakapi Show: Nick Tilsen, Thunder Valley-Community Dev. Corp.

6:08pm: Bigfoot Conference Girls All Star Game

7:05pm: 2011 Tusweca Wacipi Evening Session

10:18pm: Bigfoot Conference Girls All Star Basketball Game


Spring 2011 Calendar (May)

General Construction Spring Session Ends                    May 6

General Construction Summer Session Begins   May 16

Regular Classes End Sunday                                         May 15

Faculty’s Last Day                                                        May 20

Make-up Period                                                           May 16-20

Grades Due                                                                  May 20

Memorial Day (Offices Closed)                                    May 30



Student Notices: 

2011 Spring Night Dance (Hanwacipi).  Friday, May 6th, 2011.  Wilmer Mesteth residence, Cheyenne Creek Community.  3:00 p.m. Eagle Presentations:  Dr. Trudy Ecoffey—Biological Info.  Kim Greenwood—Tribal Liason Permits, UST&WS Denver, CO.  Aviary & Repository <> MJ Bull Bear & Monica Terkildsen.  Eagle Feather Display <> Kim Greenwood/Wilmer Mesteth.  5:00 p.m. Supper Break.  7:00 p.m. Social Dancing & Storytelling.  Woman’s Plum Seed Demonstration presentation for those interested.  Contact: Wilmer Mesteth <> 867-5245.  Handgames $50 Entry Fee 5 per team: Nick Hernandez 407-4744.  Eyapaha: Arlo Iron Cloud 454-2046/Chubs Thunderhawk. 


Sharing a Vision for Generations.  Scholarship for American Indian women.  Now accepting applications for Fall Semester 2011.  Download our application or talk to our Deputy Director.  www.sharingavisionforgenerations.org.  Deadline for applications May 31, 2011.  Awarding scholarships to students attending OLC since 2001.  Sharing a Vision for Generations, 12805 Cambridge Rd, Leawood, KS 66209.  913-449-3147.  info@sharingavisionforgenerations.org. 


GeoCorps America announces new GeoCorps American Indian Internships.  ●More than ninety different twelve-week geoscience internships are available in America's amazing public lands. 
●GeoCorps now features two additional GeoCorps American Indian Internships http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/GeoCorpsAmericanIndianInternships.htm>  and six additional GeoCorps Diversity Internships,  http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/GeoCorpsDiversityInternships.htm> .  Projects involve field and laboratory research focused on the earth and environmental sciences.  Internships are hosted on public lands throughout the U.S.: National Parks, National Forests and BLM areas.  Elibibility is open to students, graduates, post-docs, professionals, faculty members, teachers, retirees and others.   Applications for summer positions are due February 1st and positions take place from May-Sep. 2011.  Applications for fall/winter positions, which occur from Sep. 2011-May 2012, can be submitted from May 2 – July 1, 2011.  Applications should be submitted through the GeoCorps website http://www.geosociety.org/geocorps.


Community Notices:

Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce (PRACC).  Win a Harley Davidson XLH-883 Sportster Custom Motorcycle.  Raffles: 1 tkt $10.00, 3 tkts $25.00, 14 tkts $100.00.  Drawing will be held on August 11, 2011 following the “Ridin the Rez Poker Run.”  Need not be present to win.  Contact: PRACC, PO Box 375, Kyle, SD 57752.  605-455-2685.  www.pineridgechamber.com. 


SD Indian Business Conference (SDIBA) 2011.  May 17 & 18, 2011, Rapid City, SD.  Join us to celebrate the growing Indian independent small business sector in our New Native America.  Resource Track with sessions designed for Native entrepreneurs.  Coaching Corner with business plan help, access to financing, networks and other support services.  Free exhibit booth space for Native entrepreneurs.  Conference Registration $125.  Discounted price is $100 if registered by Saturday, April 30, 2011.  Students $50.  Register online today:  www.sdibaonline.org. 


Grief Resolution Training, May 19 & 20, 2011.  Prairie Wind Casino Conference Room, Pine Ridge, SD.  How to cope with the losses, the guilt, shame, anger and sorrow of it all.  Helping children and family members who need your support.  How to take care of you while trying to help them.  Finding solace in the memories shared and honoring those you have lost.  Presented by: Verlyn Long Wolf, CCDC and Evelyn Leite, MHR,LPC.  $100.00 for two healing days.  Must register by:  May 16, 2011 Call Evelyn @ 605-484-0576 or Verlyn @ 605-454-5212, Living with Solutions:  PO Box 9702, Rapid City, SD, 57709






First Peoples Fund Announces 2012 Community Spirit Awards Call for Nominations.  Deadline for nominations if May 31, 2011.  Nominees must be: Practicing artists of demonstrated maturity in their field; continually practicing artists for a minimum of 10 years; documented affiliate of a U.S. tribe.  In additon to Visual Arts, First Peoples recognizes contemporary and traditional forms of Performing Arts and Literary Arts.  Fellowships will be awarded to artists who demonstrate: An artistic practice that passes on the traditions and the life ways of the people; a commitment to building the strength of native communities by sharing their skills & talents with others in their respective communities; and deeply rooted and maintain direct ties to their tribal community.  Nomination procedure: Nominate online at First Peoples Fund or send a postcard to include complete names and address of both nominee and nominator to PO Box 2977, Rapid City, SD 57709; nominated candidates must be from an American Indian community; applications will be mailed after nomination deadline has passed.  Selection process & expectations: A national selection committee will review nominees and select awardees from those that meet the outlined qualifications; fellowship recipients will receive $5,000 designed to give them the opportunity to “practice their art.” 



Marilyn Pourier (Editor/Wicah’pi Cikala)___I hope you don’t mind my using the bulletin as a way to share with you a poem titled Remember written by my brother Marlon Sherman to remember our mother Alice Kemery Sherman whose birthday was Tuesday, May 3rd.  Mom passed on to the Spirit world in 2007 and we will continue to keep her memory alive by sharing our memories of her. She was Miniconjou, Planters by the Stream, of the Cheyenne River Reservation. 


The ones who plant by the water.....  The ones who scatter....

What they say about real human beings?  When you are humble...When you are generous...When you are wise...When you sacrifice yourself for the people, for the goodness... When you are all those things and more.  Then you are a real human being.


How she never took credit?  How she gave until she was poor?  How she stood up and looked life in the face and kept on walking?  How she taught inside the classroom and out?  How she hurt and bled spirit for the people, for goodness?


She was all these and more.  She was teacher, confident and wise.  She was Grandma, gentle and kind.  She was Mom, sassy and loving, with that sweet voice to coax the stars from the sky.

Remember?  Remember?

Alice M. Sherman, Mniakawohozhou.  She was a real human being. 

Marlon  2007........................................................................................................Wopila, Marilyn