Oglala Lakota College

Wicah’pi Cikala

(Little Star)


Weekly Bulletin                                               May 22-26, 2017


President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull)___ Please join me in offering our prayers and condolences to the family of Elgin Bad Wound, Sr. who passed away on May 18, 2017.  Elgin was OLC’s VP from 1978-1979 and President from 1979-1986 and 1990-1993.  Many of his accomplishments at OLC live on today.  OLC will honor Elgin with a meal and a satin star quilt with OLC’s logo and his name and years he served as President of OLC.  He will be missed by many.  <><><>   Monday, May 29, 2017 is Memorial Day and is a holiday for all OLC employees.  All OLC offices will be closed.  


Head Start/Early Head Start (Janice Richards)___Moving On Ceremony times and location by center.  All being held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017:   Allen HS @ 12:00 pm at Allen HS center;  Kyle EHS/HS @ 10:00 am @ the powwow grounds at Piya Wiconi; Manderson EHS/HS @ 5:00 pm at the Manderson HS center; Martin HS @ 10:30 am @ Brooks Memorial Park in Martin; Oglala EHS/HS @ 1:00 pm @ the  Oglala HS center; Pine Ridge EHS/HS @ 10:00 am at the Pine Ridge HS center; Porcupine EHS/HS @ 10:00 am at the Porcupine HS center; Wanblee HS @ 1:00 pm at the TNT building in Wanblee; Wakpamni HS @ 10:00 am at the Wakpamni HS center; Wounded Knee HS @ 10:00 am at the Wounded KneeHS center.   <><><>   OLC HS/EHS is an education and family focused program provided at no cost.  We are currently recruiting in your area.  In addition to education we provide health/education screenings, Parent/Family fun nights which focus on education/services.  We also serve Nutritious meals and snacks on a daily basis.  If you are interested please call HS/EHS administration at 605-455-6114.  We also provide transportation to our centers.


Woksape Tipi (Michelle May)___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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - Suicide prevention for young people

The new Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has suicide experts debating the appropriate ways to address suicide in the media. Some are praising the show's candid look at bullying, sexual assault and suicide, while others say it glorifies troubling issues for a vulnerable population. A show centered around suburban, white teenagers may not resonate with some Native youth. But the series does present an opportunity to revisit the many ways to reach out to Native youth that experience dramatically higher rates of suicide than any other group. We'll talk with experts and youth about what it takes to save young lives.

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - May Music Maker: Jonah Littlesunday 

This month we go to the Navajo Nation to sample the debut album "Gratitude" by  Dinè flute player Jonah Littlesunday. Over the years he's used his Native American flute to help bring a bit of joy to the lives of the audiences including elders and children. He's noted for his ability to translate emotions and stories thorough his flute playing. Songs like "Echoes" and "Navajo Waltz" swirl listeners into the landscapes he grew up with. Other tracks on the album are reflections of love, peace and unity. We invite you to discover more on this album along with us as we visit with our May Music Maker Jonah Littlesunday.

Friday, May 26, 2017 - May in the News

The Eastern Band of Cherokee leadership remains in turmoil as the principal chief and tribal council are at odds. The tribe's Supreme Court allowed the impeachment process against the chief to continue. Meanwhile Principal Chief Patrick Lambert released financial audits he says shed light on financial misconduct by council members. We'll talk with a reporter covering this complicated issue. Also two Native Americans are running for Congress. One of them hopes to be the first female Native in the US House of Representatives. Join us for our round up of the news. 


Assistant  to the President (Diane Winters)___Ms. Oglala Lakota College Royalty Contest 2017--We are currently seeking contestants for Ms. Oglala Lakota College 2017.  If you are interested in applying applications will be available at each college center: Criteria: Native Woman, 18-30 years of age--Member of a federally recognized tribe--Enrolled student with Oglala Lakota College with a 3.00 or higher GPA--Two Letters of recommendation, from faculty, staff, community members, and/or co-workers (please do not use relatives). Checklist:  Applicants must have submitted a complete application by June 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m,  Contestants must commit to arriving on time to attend the individual interviews and to present their individual traditional talent,  Signed Code of Conduct Agreement, Autobiographical Essay,  Current Photo (5x7 Color), and Two Letters of  recommendation. The contestant with the highest accumulated points will be crowned Ms. Oglala Lakota College on Friday, June 16, 2017 after the first Grand Entry during OLC’s graduation powwow. The winner will receive the following prizes: Scholarship of $1,000.00 awarded upon the end of reign, crown and sash, Ms. OLC shawl, attend AIHEC Student Conference.  Contestants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible in order to prepare for the competition. Please Submit Completed Application via Mail, Fax or Email to: Diane Clifford, Oglala Lakota College P.O. Box 490, Kyle, SD, 57752 Fax: (605) 455-6023 dwinters@olc.edu.


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.   2017 Graduation is not as far as you may think…ONLY 4 Pay periods left, Did you forget to sign up to sponsor a Category??  there are still many … many categories that no one has sponsored yet, I know you all have had a special event within your families .. a birth, a birthday, an Anniversary…. OH and someone GRADUATING, you may have a family or friend who is graduating …not only College, but High School, 8th Grade, Kindergarten, Headstart … sponsoring a PowWow category in the graduates honor would be a wonderful way to honor them.  Wanda O’Rourke, Secretary. 455-6042.


Pine Ridge CC (Shirley Brewer)___Announcement Re: Job Fair.  From: Pacer, Charlene [mailto:charlene.pacer@bia.gov]  Subject:  Job Fair.  BIA Social Services is hosting a Job Fair in Pine Ridge.  You are invited to attend!  Date:  June 23, 2017 from 9 am - 3 pm.  Location:  Billy Mills Hall, Pine Ridge, SD.  Bring your own table and chairs. No registration fee and free parking.  Message from Shirley:  If you are unable to attend but would like to send literature on your department please put it in PRCC mailbox at Piya Wiconi. 


KOLC TV (Tony Brave)___ Hello to all who see this! Here is what we will be showing here on KOLC-TV all this week into the next.  Shields King

7:01- AM - The Uranium Mining EPA UIC Dewey Burdock Hearing and Public Comments. Held at the Ramkota Hotel. 

7:51 - AM - Pine Ridge High School Graduation & Ceremony. Held in the Pine Ridge High School Gymnasium. 

9:09 - AM - An Inconvenient Truth And Public Comments. Held in the Journey Museum . 

10:33 - AM - AIHEC 2017 Speech Competitions. Held in the Ramkota Hotel. 

11:58 - AM - OST Tribal Council Regular Session Meeting part 1. Held in the Council Chambers .

2:57 - PM - AIHEC 2017 Students Awards Ceremony. Held in the Ramkota Hotel. 

5:09 - PM - Pine Ridge High School Graduation & Ceremony. Held in the Pine Ridge High School Gymnasium. 

6:27 - PM - AN Inconvenient Truth & Public Comments. Held in the Journey Museum. 

7:51 - PM - AIHEC 2017 Speech Competitions. Held in the Ramkota Hotel. 

9:16 - PM - OST Tribal Council Regular Session Meeting part 1. Held in the council chambers. 


2017 Calendar/May & June: 

Faculty Last Day                                                        May 26th

Memorial Day (office closed)                                     May 29th

Graduation & Powwow                                              June 16-18

Last Day for 24 PP Support Staff                              June 16



Ancestral Land Program.  Ancesteral Lands invites you to apply for 2017 Americorps Vista positions.  Conservation Corps Programs provide opportunities for youth and young adults to complete important conservation project work with local land management agencies.  This work often entails camping in remote wilderness, learning valuable work skills such as chainsaw, GIS, farming, as well as cultivating leadership, teamwork, work ethic and other personal development. There is a growing movement to create Tribal-specific Corps programs that are better able to provide opportunities for Native youth and young adults as well as address important needs in Native communities such as incorporating indigenous knowledge and languages.  POSITION DETAILS: Must be 18+ years of age. Serves 40+ hours per week. Start date: June 5th.  Term of service: 365 Days.  Benefits: training, childcare assistance if eligible, relocation allowance, health coverage, Education Award (upon successful completion of service), living allowance, Federal Non-Compete Status for one year following Service.  LOCATIONS:  Nebraska National Forest, Glen Canyon NRA, Knife River Indian Villages NHS, El Morro NM, Bandelier NM, Hawai’i Volcanos NP, Saguaro NP, Mesa Verde NP, Mississippi, NSR, Glacier NP, Valle De Oro Wildlife Refuge.  ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS UNTIL FILLED.  QUESTIONS/CONTACT: Chako, Ancestral Lands National Program Coordinator.  Cell: 505-870-4810. Email: chako@conservationlegacy.org.  FOR  MORE INFO OR TO APPLY: Website: AncestralLands.org.  Facebook: @AncestralLands.  Leading our Nations Back to Ecological and Cultural Well-Being.”


Festival of Books.  Join us at the 2017 Festival of Books!!  Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications and Advertising Space Reservations. Each year thousands of people throughout the Midwest converge on the annual South Dakota Festival of Books, a four-day event featuring lectures, readings, and panel discussions by more than 50 distinguished authors and literary figures.  The 15th annual Festival of Books is scheduled for September 21-24, 2017 in Rapid City and Deadwood, SD.  Vietnam veteran Tim O’Brien, who won the National Book Award for Going after Cacciato and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for The Things They Carried, will headline this year’s event.  Other featured presenters include novelist Kathleen Grissom, poet Heid Erdrich, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang, and many more!! We are now accepting exhibitor applications and advertising space reservations for the 2017 Festival. Exhibitors’ Hall is located in the Event Center at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.