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NICC Makes a Splash at AIHEC

Last month in Rapid City, South Dakota, Mary Provost, Henry Love Joy, Todd Stabler, Breland Parker, Ladonna Carrillo, along with Danielle and Renae John led NICC efforts at this year’s American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) student event and opened the experience with a POW-WOW. Our team boasted an outstanding three rounds at the knowledge bowl with the women’s team leading the way!

Renae and Danielle John performed an interpretive duet which captivated the audience with a humorous lesson on greed through stories of a mouse buffalo and a fox which netted fifth place! All enjoyed and participated in the volleyball tournament which lasted throughout the day and captured our team fourth place and a late dinner.

Many speakers from around the lands gathered to share inspiring stories of education. One woman spoke to her collegiate journey in quest for her dreams which spanned seventeen years over family and economic problems to become an instructor helping others. Country and Western Superstar Marty Stuart entertained and also spoke of his adopted Native American family who has helped him with sobriety and has enabled him to be a better man. The NICC would like to take this time to let our student members know that we are proud of your outstanding efforts and leadership in this collegiate representation!

Radio Station KZYK 88.9


Earlier this year you might have read a story about our radio station project needs.  A tremendous amount of work needed to be done to begin broadcasting to fulfil our license obligations. In this issue, we are happy to report that radio station KZYK FM 88.9 is now on the air! Lead by our USDA Extension Director, Jim Hallum, our first broadcasts started in July for the purpose of expanding our public value throughout the Santee/Niobrara area. We now transmit the Dakota language, music, educational programming, and public service announcements daily. This resource is a critical need for rural America and the college would like to thank all those who made this happen. We are currently researching technologies that will provide transmissions in the Macy, NE area to support the Omaha community. Larry Thomas, pictured above, was instrumental for the project’s implementation. With his DJ experience he has been mentoring NICC student DJ, Harper Saul; AKA our favorite, "DJ Skittles". The NICC would like to thank our many radio volunteers!

More Than Just a Food Source

Through a partnership between The Nebraska Indian Community College and the USDA Tribal Extension, Jim Hallum of Santee, NE works to strengthen and preserve Native values with a traditional buffalo harvest on a ranch just off of CR-C80 in Sioux City, Iowa. Dozens of Native and Non-Native community members from over ten tribal areas, gather to learn and preserve the old ways of living. “We are teaching people how to live again.” Explains Jim Hallum, as he speaks passionately about the sacredness of the buffalo to Native people. 

Today, throughout urban communities and on Indian land, much of the primary food source is processed by aiding chemicals and preservatives then packaged, for convenience. Through this process, much of the nutritional value and health benefits are lost, which contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and various forms of cancer that we find so prevalent within today’s society. “Back then, we had none of these troubles. The buffalo provided for our needs.” Jim added. 

Every day, the cost of our conveniences is being realized and although current trending now favors organic and healthier foods, much more needs to be done. 

The bison signified more than a food source for Native peoples. Language instructor at the Nebraska Indian Community College, respected elder and event speaker Alice Saunsoci of Macy, NE added, “The buffalo represented life.” This relationship perspective was shared through stories of Native peoples and their deep connection with the buffalo, by Alice and many other respected speakers at this event.

If you would like to learn more about The Nebraska Indian Community College’s efforts to preserve traditional values and cultures through education or wish to contribute toward the continuation of these types of events please send an email at info@thenicc.edu.