Oglala Lakota College

Wicah’pi Cikala

(Little Star)


Weekly Bulletin                                               March 27-31, 2017


President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull___ All Staff meeting on Friday, April 7.  The Committee meetings will meet after lunch.  <><><>   BOT Meetings:  Program Policy, Tuesday, April, 18 @ noon at PRCC, Finance @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi.  Personnel, Wednesday, April, 19 @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi.  BOT, April, 20 @ 5:00 pm at Piya Wiconi.



Student Competition Winners


Business Bowl3rd place (Team names TBA). HAND GAMES2nd place Team (Team names TBA).  Best Hider—Mariah Provincial, Best Group Singers—OLC (Team TBA).  Science Bowl1st Place Gabe Yellow Hawk & Joanne Thompson, Science Poster2nd Patrisse Vasek, Science Oral2nd  Patrisse Vasek.  SPEECH—Informative1st Darin Janis, 2nd Dow Souksavath, Persuasive---1st Tada Vargas, 2nd Delacina Chief Eagle, 3rd Darin Janis, Oral Interpretation Serious1st Darin Janis, 2nd Delacina Chief Eagle,  Oral Interpretation Humorous1st Darin Jains, 3rd Delacina Chief Eagle, Duo Interpretation-2 part1st Brandee Roach & Tyresha Yankton, 2nd Darin Janis, & Delacina Chief Eagle, Duo Interpretation-Humorous1st Darin Janis & Delacina Chief Eagle, 2nd Brandee Roach & Tyresha Yankton.  One Act Play1st OLC (Team TBA).   ARCHERYMen’s Team1st OLC (Jordan Cano, Eric Carpio, Jeremiah Moran, Mark White Bull, Christopher Pina), Woman’s Individual--1st Decora Hawk, Woman’s Team3rd OLC (Gabriella Fills the Pipe, Amanda Ruiz, Carmen Fourd, Patrisse Vasek).  Volleyball2nd OLC (Erika Lafferty, Cameron Lafferty, Santanna Young Man, Cain Ghost Bear, Kirkland Ross, Jeremy Hunts Horse, Katherine Spider, Davidica Young Man, Shaina Forney).  Art3rd in Leather Work--Kyle White, 1st in Quillwork--Kyle White.  Writing TCJTop 3 Fiction & Poetry--Darin Janis.  Chess Individual2nd Robert Hicks, Chess Team2nd OLC (Team names TBA).  Tribal College Spirit Award—Oglala Lakota College.  CONGRATULATIONS!!  Thank you to all the students who participated in the competitions & to the staff and faculty who assisted at the conference.  You did an awesome job representing OLC, your families, communities & the entire Lakota Nation!!



Math/Science & Tech (Karla Witt)___I would like to congratulate Amanda Ruiz on being selected to participate in the 2017 NASA Tribal College and University ELO (Experiential Learning Opportunity) Summer REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates).  What an exciting opportunity for you to represent OLC!   <> The students will spend 3 weeks from June 12-June 30, 2017 at Haskell Indian Nations University.  During that time they will receive training in GIS, remote sensing and climate change impacts.  They will also create and complete research projects with a climate change theme using the tools gained through the training at Haskell.  At the conclusion of the workshop the students will head home to their institutions for the remainder of the 4 week experience.  While at home for the final 4 weeks the student will be expected to finish their research and complete their projects. 


Woksape Tipi (Michelle May)___ How to Spot Fake News: Excellent infographic to share. Knowing your sources and where they originated will improve your writing. If you’re interested in more information:  http://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174  <><><> The MN Historical Society offers 2-week residential workshops with a $1,000 stipend for undergraduate Native students from Minnesota, as well as undergraduates of historical Native communities from the MN region: Lakota, Dakota, Nakota, Ojibwe. Formal tribal enrollment is not required; see the website for details. The purpose of the workshop is to explore career options with regard to preservation and interpretation within museums. Details are here: http://www.mnhs.org/internships/fellows/americanindian.  Early priority deadline is March 20th, with applications due by April 3rd.   <><><>  NATIVE AMERICA CALLING is a national call-in program that invites guests and listeners to join a dialogue about current events, music, arts, entertainment and culture. The program is hosted by Tara Gatewood (Isleta Pueblo) and airs live each weekday from 1-2 pm Eastern. Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - Culture in the classroom for school success

One school on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota puts a focus on culturally based education and it might be getting results. From sugar bushing to round dance competitions, cultural practices are part of the educational process. Overall, only 56 percent of American Indian students graduated on time in Minnesota in 2015, according to the Minnesota Department of Education. The average is 84 percent. In this continuation of our collaboration with the American Graduate initiative, we'll talk with educators from the White Earth Reservation about their approach and what they're seeing.  

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - Book of the Month: The Woman Who Married A Bear by Tiffany Midge.  The Woman Who Married A Bear by Standing Rock Sioux Nation author and poet Tiffany Midge is racking up awards, including a recent 2017 Western Heritage Award. The book, filled with poetry about Native identity and culture, allows readers to celebrate both the simplicity and complexity of our emotions and relationships.  We invite you to join us as we hear about poetry as storytelling with our March Book of the Month author, Tiffany Midge.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - Encouraging young entrepreneurs 

The Native American Youth Empowerment Symposium aims to get young Native people thinking about finances and business. At this year's gathering in New Mexico, Native youth are getting the chance to network, apply for scholarships and learn from seasoned entrepreneurs. The goal is to provide tools to young people to be leaders in their Native communities. We'll hear more about the symposium and how to start early to build business success. 

Friday, March 31, 2017 - March in the News 

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has a long history of hearing cases involving Indian Country. We'll explore what his nomination could mean for the Supreme Court. The FBI raided the Eastern Band of Cherokee Housing Authority as part of a fraud investigation. The tribal chief is enduring calls for his impeachment. And we'll get the latest on the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline--all on our news round-up.


Humanities/SocSciences (Kim Peterson)___ (Announcement from Dr. Lilias Jarding.)  This year's OLC Research Symposium will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Pejuta Haka College Center.  The Symposium is an opportunity for you to present your research results in a professional setting.  This is not only good experience, but also looks good on your resume or CV. Start thinking now about the research you have done this year, as well as the research you are completing during the Spring semester, and plan to apply for the Research Symposium.  The (simple) form to apply to present your research will be sent out soon.  The Symposium is later in the semester this year, so most class projects should be completed and can be presented. Please encourage those around you to present their research.  The Symposium is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.  If you have any questions contact me at ljarding@olc.edu or (605)787-2872


Nursing (Jessica Zephier)__  JACKRABBITS NURSE CAMP:  Sponsored by South Dakota State University College of Nursing West River Nursing in Rapid City. ARE YOU CONSIDERING THE FIELD OF NURSING OR LOOKING FOR SOMETHING FUN TO DO THIS SUMMER? Join us at the 2017 Jackrabbits Nurse Camp in Pine Ridge! * Explore the field of nursing * Participate in hands-on activities with simulation models who talk, breathe, and simulate human heartbeat * Interact with healthcare providers. Open to high school students 14-18 years No registration fee. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Meals and lodging are provided. WHEN: June 7 - June 9 8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day, WHERE: Oglala Lakota College, College of Nursing CONTACT Tina McFadden 605-394-6058 Tina.McFadden@sdstate.edu.  Registration deadline: May 15.   Registration information will be available on-line at: WW.SDSTATE.EDU/NURSING/JACKRABBIT-NURSE-CAMP-RAPID-CITY-STURGIS.


Activities (Theresa Lone Hill)___ Graduation Powwow -- please consider signing up to sponsor a category for the graduation powwow.   Graduation will be here before we know it, the closer it gets the faster the time goes by.  The signup sheet for donations to the Pow-wow is posted on the door to the round room.  Sign up for a category or more if you like. We have already gotten a pledge of $100 from Misty Brave for the Tiny Tots!! And Shannon Amiotte for $100 – 1st Place Little Boys Traditional. Thank you Misty & Shannon for your sponsorship & for being the first to sign up!!    There are 7 more pay-days until graduation weekend. If you sign for payroll deduction now you will be able to give a larger amount. Please give what you can, you can give in honor or in memory of a friend or relative.  Maybe a child or grandchild was born during this past year that would be a great way to honor them; you may have a family member or friend graduating this year, you can honor them by sponsoring a category in their name!!    It doesn’t take long to sign up on the list and fill out your Payroll Deduction Form. (The forms are on the door too).  Graduation weekend is an exciting and fun weekend for everyone, so help make this a huge success once again!!


KOLC TV (Tony Brave)___ Here is the schedule for the week – Shields King

7:01 - AM - Treaty Gathering Of Indigenous Rights Meeting. 

10:32 - AM - AIHEC Girls Basketball Game Tournament. Oglala Lakota College - Lady Bravehearts vs Leech Lake - Lady Lakers. 

11:23 - AM - AIHEC Boys Basketball Game Tournament. Oglala Lakota College - Bravehearts vs Leech Lake - Lakers. 

12:10 - PM - Descendants of Wounded Knee Book Discussion with the Author.

1:12 - PM - Youth Day Black Hills Pow-wow. 

3:04 - PM - Treaty Gathering Of Indigenous Rights Meeting. 

6:35 - PM - AIHEC Girls Basketball Game Tournament. Oglala Lakota College - Lady Bravehearts vs Leech Lake - Lady Lakers. 

7:27 - PM - AIHEC Boys Basketball Game Tournament. Oglala Lakota College - Bravehearts vs Leech Lake - Lakers. 

8:14 - PM - Descendants Of Wounded Knee Books Discussion with Author. 

9:16 - PM - Youth Day Black Hills Pow-wow. 


2017 Calendar/April: 

Easter Holiday (Good Friday)                                    April 14th

Registration begins for Fall Semester                         April 17th

Application to Graduate Program due                        April 17th



Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internships for Summer 2017: The Smithsonian Institution is pleased to announce conservation internship opportunities for the Summer 2017 10-week session June 5 – August 11. This internship program will provide an introduction to museum conservation. This program is offered to students to increase participation of groups who are currently underrepresented in the museum field and visual arts organizations are especially encouraged to apply. A conservator’s work involves the preservation of collections, including documentation, treatment, and research. Conservators have academic backgrounds in the arts, sciences or social sciences and attain a professional graduate degree in conservation. For more information about the field see: http://www.conservation-us.org/about-conservation#.WMlyF032aJA.  

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Currently enrolled undergraduates or recent degree holders from colleges and universities, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, with coursework in the sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, forensic science); or arts and humanities (studio arts, art history, history, anthropology); and skills such as photography/imaging; or various crafts that might be applicable/useful in a museum conservation setting, and an interest in the conservation of cultural heritage are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. INTERNSHIP LOCATIONS: Placements will be made in Conservation Departments at the: Smithsonian American Art Museum (http://americanart.si.edu/conservation/), National Portrait Gallery (http://npg.si.edu/portraits/conservation), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (http://hirshhorn.si.edu/collection/conservation/#detail=/bio/preventive-conservation/), Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute (https://www.si.edu/mci/), National Museum of American Indian (http://nmai.si.edu/explore/collections/conservation/), National Museum of American History (http://americanhistory.si.edu/JeffersonBible/conservation/), and the National Museum of Natural History (http://anthropology.si.edu/accessinganthropology/alaska/index.html). The 10-week internships will commence June 5th and end August 11th.  They will be full-time (40 hrs/week) and carry a stipend. Travel allowance may be included. APPLICATION DEADLINE: Midnight (EST), April 14, 2017 for all materials including letters of reference. Application Procedure: Applicants must register and submit an online application via the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system (SOLAA). CONTACT:  Smithsonian Institution Undergraduate Conservation Internship Program Administrator Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture PO Box 37012, MRC 1401 Washington D.C., 20013-7012 NMAAHCMellonAdmin@si.edu.