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Campus visit explores common interests
December 28, 2015

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: Mark Hagerott makes a point during a discussion with members of the United Tribes staff at the tribal college in Bismarck. The new chancellor of the North Dakota University System visited the campus October 30 to explore common interests in higher education. Hagerott shared ideas and received briefings about the campus and its history and the college’s student-focused services. He said he was very interested in the example of tribal communities, where Native identity has not been erased through assimilation. He referred to identity as an essential question of our time. “Self-identity is an important factor, a key factor,” he said. “Where are we at? Who are we, without our culture?” Hagerott’s culture is rooted in western North Dakota’s settlement period at a homestead in the vicinity of Crown Butte Lake in Morton County.
DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News

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