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OLC Weekly Bulletin

Wicah’pi Cikala (Little Star)

Weekly Bulletin April 23-27, 2018

SUMMER COURSES: Enroll Now! You can earn your degree faster by enrolling in OLC summer courses! Did you know you can receive YEAR ROUND Pell funding, as long as you are enrolled in 2 summer classes (6 credit hours)? You may also be eligible to receive financial funding through Higher Ed. To enroll go to, log into Jenzabar to add classes for summer 2018 or go into your local college center! For more information contact OLC Financial Aid 605-455-6037. SUMMER SESSIONS: 1: May 29 to June 18. 2: June 25 to July 16. Do you have plans to attend a different college in the fall? Enroll in Oglala Lakota College general education courses for a fraction of the price & your credits will transfer!

President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull) ___ BOT Meetings: April 23 - Program Policy @ noon at PRCC & Finance @ 5:00pm at PW. April 24 – Personnel @ 5:00pm at PW. April 25 – BOT @ 5:00pm at Piya Wiconi.

Woksape Tipi Library/Archives (Michelle May) __Lakota Arts & Humanities Lectures—Piya Wiconi Campus—605-455-6069. April 25. Researching Your Tiospaye. Who: Stella Iron Cloud, Genealogist. When: Wednesday, April 25 at 10 am. Where: Woksape Tipi Library & Archives (Piya Wiconi Campus). Refreshments will be served. Join us! (605) 455-6069 Bring your charts and other family info if you have it, and learn more about your tiwahe and tiospayes! April 26. Research in Indian Country Roundtable discussion. Where: OLC Library Piya Wiconi. When: Thursday, April 26 @ 2:00pm. Come join community members, faculty, researchers, staff, and students from OLC and the University of South Dakota to discuss the politics, pros, and cons of research in Indian Country and other important issues. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. Please come and share your opinion on this important issue and let your voice be heard! For more information contact Prof. Meyers at or Prof. Posthumus at April 27. A Winter Count of the Oglala. Who: Dawn Little Sky. What: Presentation of the John Colhoff Winter Count. When: April 27 @ 1:00pm. Join us for a rare public presentation of Oglala leader John Colhoff’s WinterCount. Refreshments will be served.

Graduate Studies (Tatewin Means) ___The deadline is April 27 for fall 2018 entry to the Graduate Program. No extensions will be given and all applications must be complete. The information on items needed to apply and requirements can be found on the Graduate Studies web page or call Sandra White Shield at 605-455-6007 or email

Humanities & Social Service (Kim Bettelyoun-Petersen) ___OLC Student Art Exhibition rescheduled. Please join us for the opening reception of the Oglala Lakota College Student Art Exhibition Friday April 20th from 5pm - 8pm at Racing Magpie in Rapid City. This intimate exhibition showcases the talent of our students and the diversity of their artwork. Some artwork is for sale; this is a great opportunity to pick up work from some of our talented students. The show will run through April 27th. Participating artists are: Jesse Cuny, Michael Lammers, Lindsay Masquat, Dorian New Holy, Tiana Spotted Thunder and Amber Two Bulls. Racing Magpie is located on 406 5th Street located in the old Aby’s Feed and Seed building in downtown Rapid City. Please join us in celebrating our talented students. For more information, contact Marty Two Bulls Jr.

Continuing Ed (Kateri Montileaux)___Please send all Continuing Education Program Units applications to me. I am now going to be in charge of this project. I have attached updated documents needed to be filled out and complete for the workshops – attached to my email to all staff dated April 23, 2018: CEU flyer for Financial Literacy, CEU flyer for Resume Writing, CEU Approval Form, CEU Check List, CEU Feedback Form, CEU Participant Application form, Sign In Sheet. Please send to me instead of Susanne Auer. Thank you! Contact: 605-455-6142 (offc), 605-441-2031 (cell)

Pejuta Haka CC (Stephanie Sorbel)___Due to construction taking place at the Pejuta Haka (Kyle) college center the summer sessions scheduled here will be moved to the Pahin Sinte (Porcupine) college center. Classes will be the same with the same instructors. Sorry for any inconvenience, but safety first for all our students and faculty. Pejuta Hak CC: 605-455-2450. Pahin Sinte CC: 605-867-5404

Financial Aid (Billi Hornbeck) ___PERFECT ATTENDANCE STIPEND! Students with perfect attendance for the first three weeks and every two weeks after will receive a stipend based on their level of enrollment. *Excluding students who are fully packaged & students enrolled in less than 6 hrs. (Updated 1/29/18). Each two-week period is evaluated separately and will not be based on a student’s prior attendance, giving students a chance to receive the stipend throughout the semester. Students must have perfect attendance in ALL of the classes for each evaluation period in order to qualify. Includes graduate students with 6 hours or more and students who are ineligible for Financial Aid. Award Amounts: 12 Hours+ $50, 9-11 hours $40, 6-8 hours $30. The week 4 payment will be doubled ($100, $80, $60), but the remaining disbursements will be single ($50, $40, $30). Disbursement Dates Remaining: Week 14 -- May 4. Week 16 – May 18. THE PERFECT ATTENDANCE STIPEND AND STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY: 1. Students are responsible for monitoring their own attendance on Jenzabar. 2. If there is a discrepancy, being blank (no submission) or an Absence that is incorrect, the student should contact the faculty on record and ask them to fix it. 3. Upon seeing that the discrepancy has been fixed, you will then proceed to email me at 4. Notify in your email that your attendance record has been corrected by your instructor and I will reevaluate your record. This will prompt me to look at your attendance and make any necessary adjustments for payment. 5. If a class has been cancelled, the instructor needs to cancel it in Jenzabar. And then at that point, you will be considered for the stipend. 6. By all means, call or email me if you think you should be getting a check. Keep track of your attendance weekly and work with your instructors for accuracy. We will review the attendance every other Monday. Contact: Billi Hornbeck, 605-455-6037, <><> SUMMER COURSES ENROLL NOW!!!You can earn your degree faster by enrolling in OLC summer courses! Did you know you can receive YEAR ROUND Pell funding, as long as you are enrolled in 2 summer classes (6 credit hours)? You may also be eligible to receive financial funding through Higher Ed. To enroll go to, log into Jenzabar to add classes for summer 2018 or go into your local college center! SUMMER SESSIONS: May 29th to June 18th <> June 25th to July 16th. For more information, contact OLC Financial Aid 605-455-6037.

Student Support Services (Milton Fineran) ___TRIO: Benefit Raffle for the TRIO/SSS Program 25th Annual Student Awards: $ 100.00 Walmart Gift Card!! Get Your tickets from Milton Fineran: Piya Wiconi<>Patricia Cuny: Piya Wiconi<>Al Wounded Head: Pine Ridge College Center<>Cassie Big Crow: He Sapa College Center<>Diana Lessert: Pahin Sinte College Center<>Danielle Griffith: Pejuta Haka College Center. $ 1.00 a ticket or $ 5.00 for 6! Drawing will be held on Friday May 4, 2018. Need not be present to win.

Bookstore(Myreen Iron Cloud)__ SELL YOUR TEXTBOOKS HERE!! OLC Bookstore, Piya Wiconi Campus, 490 Piya Wiconi Road, Kyle, SD 57752, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Bring all CD’s, DVD’s and supplemental material purchased with your textbooks.

Nursing (Jessica Zephier) ___Pathways to Healthcare Professions. CNA Class!! Space is limited!!! Tentative Dates: June 11, 2018—June 22, 2018. Daytime Class: 8:30am-5:00pm (M-F) Oglala Lakota College/Nursing Dept., E. Hwy 18 Pine Ridge, SD 57770. Apply Now!! or call 1-855-465-8911. Eligibility requirements: Background Check—Must meet income guidelines—Attend 16 hours of clinicals.

Math & Science (Karla Witt) ___ Announcement from Merle “Misty” Brave from STEM: We will be setting up OLC’s Little Shop of Physics at Oelrich’s (TBA) and Red Cloud May 4, 2018. <><> Summer Teacher Robotics Camp with Christine Wood (SDSU) June 18-20. <><> Summer Teacher Research Camp is set for July 9-11 (Little Shop of Physics) and July 16-20. <><> I would like to give a big thank you to some of our former students. Lauren Big Crow and Helene Gaddie, STEM graduates, are committed to our Little Shop of Physics outreach activities. They travel down to Ft. Collins when we have our annual make and take and produce experiments to add to our collection. Both travel down for the Open House events (over 8000 people in attendance) and perform science experiments to an audience; this year we made ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Those two activities find them using their own funds for travel purposes. Both of them take time off of their work schedule to come and help. That’s commitment and loyalty, something that is needed in all aspects of life. I, personally, am very proud of these two graduates who live the virtues of respect, wisdom, courage, generosity, loyalty and commitment. <><><> Announcement fromJason Tinant: SAIGE is offering a limited number of scholarships for Native college students to attend the 2018 Training Program, “Sovereignty, Trust and Resilience,” June 11-14, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The scholarships will include conference registration fee, airfare and hotel accommodations. The Youth Program is open to Native Students between the ages of 18 and 25 who demonstrate they are currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university. Students must be interested in gaining a professional degree and in the possibility of pursuing a career with the federal government. SAIGE invites American Indian/Alaska Native students to submit their application form, letter of reference, proof of school enrollment, and completed emergency medical information form for consideration to attend the conference. A short essay about their interest in government careers and information about themselves is also required. Completed application packets must be postmarked or electronic copies sent no later than April 30, 2018. To obtain a complete application visit our website at: We look forward to you joining us in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Contact: JoAnn Brant Youth Program Coordinator (202) 564-0375 <><><> FAST@SDSTATE Summer Research Fellowship for American Indian and Academically Accomplished Students May 29– August 3, 2018 South Dakota State University Brookings, South Dakota. FOR SCIENCE/ AGRICULTURE FRESHMEN AND SOPHOMORES. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded Future Agriculture & Science Taskforce (FAST) Fellowship project will provide both Native American and economically challenged students with research and educational experiences for two summers. During the first summer, students will receive research experiences at SDSU to develop a strategy for increasing competitiveness for graduate school or careers in FANH (Food, Agriculture, Natural resources and Human Sciences) industries or teaching agriculture science in schools. Over the subsequent second summer, they will participate in a career oriented internship at a place of their choices. KEY FEATURES: 10-week program each summer for two summers <> First summer at South Dakota State University <> Second summer internship at an industry/business/ university site of participant’s choice <> Training on soft skills and career coaching <> Research/extension experiences to prepare for Industry/business jobs; attending graduate school; teaching Science/Agriculture Education in School <><> Networking/Community Building Opportunity <> Mentor-student ratio = 2:1. FUNDING AGENCY : The FAST project is supported by USDA-NIFA (Award # 2018-67032-27712) ELIGIBILITY: US Citizen/Permanent resident; Native American; College freshmen/ sophomore/junior. BENEFITS: $6,000 stipend for 10 weeks each summer; On-campus housing; Round-trip travel from Brookings to student’s hometown covered. PROJECT CONTACT: Dr. Madhav Nepal ( WEBSITE:<><><> 2018. Summer Teacher Research Camp is set for July 9-11 (Little Shop of Physics) and July 16-20, 2018.

Pine Ridge CC (Shirley Brewer) ___T’AI CHI at PRCC ** FOR FREE! ** Mondays and Thursdays 4:00-4:30pm Come on and give it a try! No experience is necessary. You can start any time and show up as often or as infrequently as you want. Wear comfortable clothing. These are slow, simple exercises to help with balance, flexibility, circulation, mental peace, energy and health. We will also do some simple yoga and meditation exercises. All OLC people are welcome: All ages and abilities! These sessions will run from March 19 – May 3, 2018. Call Jenni Rodin for more information: 308-430-2995.

Activities (Theresa Lone Hill) ___We are putting plans in place for the 2018 Graduation Wacipi. Please note the signup sheet on the door to the conference room -- first floor of the main building on the Piya Wiconi administrative campus. You may sign up to sponsor a dance category for the graduation powwow to be held June 15-17, 2018. At this point you still have time to have a few payments deducted from your payroll check so you might want to strongly consider signing up to support one of the adult categories. You will find the payroll deduction request forms on the same door as the signup sheet. Complete the form, sign and turn in to Holly in the payroll office. Pilamaya!

KOLCTV (Tony Brave) ___ Here is the schedule for the week. Michael Lays Bad. 7:01 AM - 2018 SD Legislative Research Council Political Update 9:14 AM - OST Meeting Day 1 Part 1 11:45 AM - OST Meeting Day 1 Part 2 2:28 PM - Billy Mills Hall Boxing Smoker 3:07 PM - 2018 SD Legislative Research Council Political Update 5:21 PM - OST Meeting Day 1 Part 1 7:51 PM - OST Meeting Day 1 Part 2 10:35 PM - Bill Mills Hall Boxing Smoker Please be informed about your tribal government and see how Constitutional Reform is suggesting possible changes. Watch this tutorial and fill out the surveys Please

2018 Calendar/April-June Applications to Grad Program Due April 27 Classes End (Sunday classes end May 13) May 11 Make-up Period May 14-16 Assessment Days May 16-17 Final Grades & Assessment Materials Due May 16 Faculty’s Last Day May 17 Last Day for Chairs May 25 Memorial Day (Offices Closed) May 28 Graduation/Powwow June 15-17 Last Day for Support Staff (24 PP) June 15


Lakota Summer Institute (LSI). 2018 Lakota Summer Institute. May 28 – June 8, 2018. OLC Piya Wiconi campus multi-Purpose building. LSI comes to South Dakota for the first time. Courses designed for first-year participants. No registration fees! Free CEU’s through host partner Oglala Lakota College. Open to residents of Pine Ridge and surrounding areas. Deadline to register: May 1, 2018.

Native America Calling. 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 11am-Noon Eastern. Join the conversation by calling 1-800-996-2848. Monday, April 23, 2018 - Stitching together the U.S. and Mexico. A documentary called "Through the Repellent Fence" premieres on "America Reframed" on April 24. It tackles the Indigenous view on the timely subject of the U.S.-Mexico border. The documentary focuses on the creation of a two-mile-long art installation across the border meant to figuratively stitch together the two countries. It was made by Native artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade Twist, collectively known as "Postcommodity". Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - Music Maker: Lakota John. Lakota John is a blues slide guitar player from the Lumbee and Oglala Lakota Nations. He's been harnessing his musical abilities since he was a child alongside his family who centered their life around music. In his solo release "The Winds of Time" he gives new life to classic ragtime sounds and rhythmic picking. Help us get into the blues with our April Music Maker Lakota John. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - Student support helps graduation chances. The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School finds providing the right support for students in the small K-12 school can provide dividends in the way of graduation rates. School administrators say addressing social issues such as drug addiction, poverty and historical trauma can improve the likelihood of a student getting a diploma. The school originally opened in the 70s as an act of tribal self-determination by the tribe. As part of our series in the American Graduate initiative, we learn more about the school's history and their efforts to create a healthy environment for learning.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - April in the news. The University of North Dakota organized a discussion of news coverage of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest. The day-long event included reporters remembering the dramatic clashes and at times defending their work more than a year later. Reporters are also digging into the funds collected during the protests. We'll talk with journalists and other stakeholders about the important issues in Native America on our round-up of the news. Friday, April 27 - The powwow gathering. It's time for the popular Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque. We take the opportunity to get a snapshot of the excitement with the voices in town for the event. Dancers, musicians, vendors, horses, and spectators all stop in for one of the largest powwows in the world. Date of South Dakota's 2018 Primary Election - June 5, 2018 Voter Registration Deadline - May 21, 2018 <><> Absentee voting begins - April 20, 2018. South Dakota Secretary of State’s Website Click here for an illustration on who can vote for what ballot in the Primary Election.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Scholarship Applications Available. Interested in a career in the hospitality and tourism industry? Apply for AIANTA's Hospitality and Tourism Scholarship Program. AIANTA established the Scholarship Program to provide American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance to earn a degree or certificate in the hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. AIANTA awards three scholarships to students in a competitive review process. AIANTA encourages Indigenous students to develop careers in the cultural tourism industry to help sustain and strengthen your tribe's cultural legacy. Application Criteria: Must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian heritage (student must show documentation), Attending or enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year college/university or technical/vocational institution, Must be attending and enrolled as a part-time or full-time student with an expressed interest in pursuing a career in tourism or tourism related field, GPA must be 2.0 or above. Scholarships are available for certificate and associate programs, undergraduate and graduate programs - online colleges are applicable. Scholarships are only to be used for books and/or tuition Award Amount: $1000 per academic year (FALL/SPRING semester only), $500 per semester. Deadlines: Postmarked by July 27, 2018 for the Fall Semester Postmarked by December 3, 2018 for the Spring Semester. For More Information: Contact Sherrie L. Bowman, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association 2401 12th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87104 (505) 724-3592 or For more info about AIANTA, visit

Black Hills Community Theatre__ A Call for Production Staff for 2018-2019 Season of Shows: All directors, designers, choreographers, musical directors, & stage managers! Black Hills Community Theatre is looking for qualified, interested theatre enthusiasts to join one of our production teams for our upcoming season. Volunteers for technical support and running crew members for any of our performances are also encouraged! While the season will not be officially announced until May, we would like to start meeting with interested individuals in April. Please send your requests in an email to: Artistic Director Zach Curtis at Our mailing address is: Black Hills Community Theatre PO Box 4007 Rapid City, SD 57709.

Emerging Tribal Writers Awards. South Dakota State University’s English Department and American Indian Studies Program. In 2013 SDSU established the Emerging Tribal Writers Award to encourage the development of American Indian writers who are in the early phases of their writing careers and increase the number of tribal writers presenting and publishing in the Great Plains Region. Who Can Submit: Tribally-enrolled writers from the Dakotas, Minnesota and Nebraska who have not yet published a book of creative writing. Finalists will be asked to submit proof of tribal enrollment. All age groups may apply. Work Accepted: Fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama and screenplays. Not to exceed 10,000 words. Prize: $500 cash award plus the opportunity to present and publish your work for the first time! DEADLINE: May 1, 2018. Please email submissions and other application materials to or by post to: Emerging Tribal Writers Award, SDSU, Dept. of English, Pugsley Center 301/Campus Box 2218, Brookings, SD 57007. There is no entry fee to apply. For more details about the award please visit our website at: The Performing Arts Center Family Series Presents: