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UTTC Fall Social Event
December 8, 2015
By Alicia Hegland-Thorpe, United Tribes News

The UTTC Student Government Association hosted a sobriety dance and fall social on November 21 at the James Henry gym. The event started with opening words and a song from United Tribes Technical College President Leander McDonald. Featured speaker was former UTTC Athletic Director Kevin Finley, who also coached the Mandaree Warriors boys’ basketball team. Finley now serves as Three Affiliated Tribes Fitness and Recreation director in New Town.

Kyle Mandan

Student Government Vice President Kyle Mandan says 30-50 students attended. Most were from other campuses, such as Fort Berthold Community College, University of Mary, Bismarck State College and Sitting Bull College. “It was a great turnout, but I’d like to see more United Tribes students involved. These events are about them, their well-being and student empowerment.”

From left, UTTC Fall Social DJ Les Yellow Wolf, Kevin Finley and Kyle Mandan. Submitted photo

To show his appreciation for their time and effort, Kyle gathered and presented gifts of tobacco and star quilts for President McDonald, Coach Finley and the DJs. “I was taught by my grandparents that if you do things, you call on your people, whether they are Native or non-Native. And whoever you get, you’ve got to show your appreciation.” He feels it’s his duty as a leader to give back.
The Fall Social and Sobriety dance was held as part of “Proud to be Indigenous” week, sponsored by these college departments: Chemical Health Center, Retention, Wellness Center, and Residential Life. Student government hopes to bring more ‘celebrating sobriety’ events like this to campus.

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