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Dr. David M. Gipp
President, United Tribes Technical
David M. Gipp named Champion of Liberty 2008
13 November 2008
BISMARCK (UTN) - The ACLU of North Dakota announced today that David
M. Gipp, President of United Tribes Technical College is their 2008 North Dakota Champion of Liberty.
Gipp is being recognized for his lifetime works in the area of racial justice. He was a founding member and first president
of University of North Dakota Indian Association. He has served on the board of the National Indian Education Association.
He is a past executive director, past president, and current board member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium;
past chair and current board member of the American Indian College Fund;, and current chair of the Indians Into Medicine Advisory
Council through the University of North Dakota. He was past chair and current board member of the North Dakota Association
of Tribal Colleges. He currently serves on the Native Nations Institute policy advisory board, University of Arizona, and
the Harvard Honoring Nations Board of Governors.
Dr. Gipp received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award (1991)
for his work in helping establish the N.D. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and served on this state commission as well. He
served on the initial steering committee and on the Bismarck Mayor’s Human Relations Committee. He has been an advocate
for the establishment of a N.D. Human Rights Commission. He received The Chief’s Award from the U.S. Department of Labor’s
Division of Indian and Native American Programs.
He established the Tribal Leaders
Summit as an avenue for tribal leaders in the region to discuss issues that affect Indian country. He was instrumental in
establishing the United Tribes International Powwow which will be celebrating its 40th year in 2009.
Gipp has been a powerful voice for racial justice and advancement through education throughout his long career. We are pleased
and honored that he has agreed to accept this award.” said Jennifer Ring, Executive Director, of the ACLU of North Dakota.
David Gipp will be honored by the ACLU of North Dakota at its annual
meeting this Saturday.
The meeting will be held November 15, 2008 from 11:00 am
to 2:00 pm CST in the Langer Room at the Peacock Alley, 422 East Main, Bismarck. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments
will be served.
Father George Lyon
who attended between 1959 and 1965 will remember Fr. George Lyon, O.S.B. On September 3, 2008, Father George, a founding
member of the community, died after suffering with cancer for several months. He had been told near the end of last
year that he would be here for Christmas, but he probably wouldn't see the Super Bowl. He lived almost long enough to
watch the World Series. Viewing sports on television had been one of his favorite pastimes. The other was playing
Father George was born on January 14, 1924 at Loretto, Kentucky where his father operated a country general store.
He attended the minor seminary at St. Meinrad's Archabbey in Indiana and entered the novitiate there in 1944. He professed
vows in 1945 and was ordained a priest in 1950 and was assigned to the new monastic foundation in South Dakota. A year
later, after having worked on the construction of the monastery, he went to St. Ann's Mission on the Turtle Mountain Reservation
in North Dakota. In 1958, he was sent to St. Paul's Mission on the Yankton Reservation in South Dakota. Eventually,
he became the superior at both of these missions. Fort a total of thirty years Father George worked among Ojibwa and
Dakota people. Besides serving the missions pastorally, he at various times was a dormitory prefect, a Latin teacher,
basketball coach, and school bus driver. Among the duties he filled at Blue Cloud Abbey were the positions of novice master,
vocation director, farm manager, and prior.
Father George had a pleasant and calm disposition. His manner of dying did not differ from how he lived his
life, patiently and with gratitude, especially to those who cared for him in his last days. Father George's funeral
was on September 6, 2008 at Blue Cloud Abbey. We ask that he be remembered in the prayers for the deceased by all.
(Turtle Mountain Times - September 15, 2008)
We thank Ernie McCloud for the following overview of the Summer 2008 Marty Reunion.
Report and comments for the 2008 all Marty reunion
1. Treasurers report: A. cash from previous reunions: $712.00
B. monies collected for 2008 reunion: $925.00
Total collected: $1687.00
A. printing and mailing: $97.00
B. banquet and facilities: $1693.20
Total cost $1790.20
A. we were unable to
hold the annual auction/raffle due to a lack of time, and personnel to conduct it.
B. Total people registered 42
Cancellations (refunded) 9
3. Business meeting:
A number of alumni recommended, Belcourt, Fort Yates, and Kansas as future sites to hold a reunion.
Moore asked if committee members were paying out of their pocket some expenses for reunions not covered by registration fees.
Answer: their have been a few times that happened. One of the reasons is that the committee must commit
a number of meals for the banquet to the Casino reunion rep well in advance of the date we hold the banquet. This year, that
number was 50 meals for a total cost of $1307.25: $1050.00 for meals, $68.25 tax, and $189.00 Gratuity. Bottom line was that we
had to guarantee 50 meals, but we only had 33 members paying.
Note: we need to solve this loss of revenue, i.e., cancel the banquet, serve hors d’oeuvres,
require earlier registration with a cut off date, no late walk-ins, etc. We need ideas, and discussion please.
4. Prior to this reunion, I had been in contact with Carol Davis, Larry Dauphinais, and Priscilla Lee
getting their input for a 2009 reunion. They were unable to attend the 2008 reunion, but asked me to convey their intentions to hold an all-Marty reunion at Marty in 2009. A few days ago, Carol emailed me
informing us of a reunion meeting they were holding Aug 23 at Aberdeen SD. I am sure they will inform us as soon as they can.
5. I think all who attended the 2008 reunion had a good time.
I noticed more social time between our classmates this year. This is a good thing and I hope it carries on; after all, we
all come a long way to see each other once a year. I feel 2 days is too short for the gathering, but that is just me!
6. I announced the 2008 Committee dissolved, and the meeting was adjourned. Much
thanks to L.P. and Donna Streifel for all their help.
Jeri Durham + 2 friends, Jerry White, Gus and Mami La Fromboise, Ernie and Sally Mccloud, Resa and Richard Rivard, Donna and
Johnny Mccray, Helen White, Marilyn Keepseagle, Dennis and Joan Moore, Charles Belgarde, Connie and Elaine Mcbride, L.P. and
Donna Streifel, Chuck and George Monette, Art and Colleen Cartwright , Charlotte Monette, Frances Pell, Vernell and Ernest
Wabasha, Don White, Blanch Whitefeather
Note from Okodakidciye Newsletter from Marty summer 2008. Pope Benedict
announced the dates from June 29th, 2008 to June 30th 2009 as the year of St. Paul.
As a result St Paul, Apostle to the nations, Church here at Marty, has been designated as one of four Churches in the Diocese
of Sioux Falls to be a pilgrimage site. If there is a reunion at Marty in 2009 during those dates , perhaps someone could
schedule, and arrange a program for the Marty alumni.
Shrek, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were all having lunch
together. Shrek said, "I have always thought that I'm the strongest man in the world, but how can I be sure?"
Angelina Jolie agreed. "I'm told I'm the most gorgeous of them all, but sometimes I wonder." Brad Pitt said, "I'm
pretty sure I'm the sexiest man alive, but I've never had it confirmed."
They all decided
that the best way to find out if their beliefs were true was to ask the famed talking 'Mirror, Mirror on the Wall" to
confirm for them whether Shrek was the strongest, Angelina Jolie was the most gorgeous and Brad Pitt was the sexiest.
They agreed to meet again the next day for lunch to discuss their findings. The next day Shrek walked up with a smile.
"Well, true. The Mirror told me that I am the strongest man in the world." Brad Pitt perked up and said, "And,
I know for sure that I'm the sexiest man alive!" But, Angelina Jolie lifted her sad, gorgeous face and said...
"Who the hell is Marlene Cournoyer-Dietrich?!!!"
Deceased…Loretta Ann Morin, 65, Dunseith,
died Friday, Dec. 12, 2008.She was born Dec. 27, 1942, to Moses and Mary Morin in Belcourt. Loretta attended St. Paul’s Indian Mission,
Marty, SD from grade 1 to 10. She graduated from Turtle Mountain Community High School, Belcourt, in 1962.Survivors: daughters, Celeste Hardesty,
Fargo, Valeria Peltier and Deanna Leonard, both Dunseith; sons, Robert DeCoteau, Dunseith, Jeffery DeCoteau, Fargo, Mark DeCoteau,
Traverse City, Mich.; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; brother, Paul, Dunseith; sisters, Marie Lafountain, Romona
Poitra and Louise Langston, all Dunseith, Marilyn Henderson, Rapid City, S.D., Barbara Koehler, Fargo.Her funeral was held on December
18 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church rural Dunseith.
Prayer Request for Sister Inez Jetty
Please remember Sister Inez Jetty in your prayers.
She is in the hospital in Yankton with a blood clot in one of her lungs and has pneumonia. She will be 80
years old on February 18th.
Word has been
received of the death of Barbara Dauphinais. She passed away on Friday, May 22, 2009. At her request, there will
not be a funeral or memorial. May she rest in peace. Barbara was a 1956 Marty graduate.
(Thank you Marlene Cournoyer for the following article titled "Winter".)
You know, time has a way
of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just
married and embarking on my new life with my mate. And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years
went. I know that I lived them all...
And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes
and dreams... But, here it is…the winter of my life and it catches me by surprise... How did I get here so fast? Where
did the years go and where did my youth go?
I remember well...seeing older people through the years
and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or
imagine fully what it would be like... But, here it is...my friends are retired and getting gray...they move slower
and I see an older person now. Lots are in better shape than me... but, I see the great change... Not like the
ones that I remember who were young and vibrant... but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those
older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.
Each day now, I find that just getting a shower
is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore...it's mandatory! Cause if I don't on my
own free will...I just fall asleep where I sit!
And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared
for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!
But, at least I know, that though the winter has come, and I'm not sure how long it will last...this I know, that
when it's over...it’s over.... Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn't done,,,,, things I should have
done, but indeed, there are many things I'm happy to have done. It's all in a lifetime....
So, if you're
not in your winter yet...let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish
in your life, please do it quickly! Don't put things off too long!
Life goes by quickly. So, do what
you can today, as you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!
You have no promise that you
will see all the seasons of your life...so, live for good today and say all the things that you want your loved
ones to remember... and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all
the years past!!
'Life is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come
Make it a fantastic one.
IT WELL!!----ENJOY TODAY!!!!-----DO SOMETHING FUN!!!----BE HAPPY!!!----BE THANKFUL!!!!!
The 2009 Marty
Reunion Committee would like to thank the following people for helping to make the 2009 Marty Reunion a huge success.
of the 2009 Marty Reunion Raffle items are posted on the web site. Click on the "Raffle Winners"
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