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Cancer Awareness Walk

Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) in collaboration with the Santee Sioux Nation hosted a Cancer Awareness Walk on Friday, May 16 in Santee, NE.  The intent of the walk was to raise awareness about cancer and remember those in the community who lost their battle with the disease. 


The walk started at 10:00 am at Nebraska Indian Community College.  Roger Trudell, Chairman of the Santee Sioux Nation began the walk with a blessing and then everyone proceeded through town and ended at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center.  A meal was provided for those who walked and attended.  There were several speakers during the meal who spoke about many aspects of cancer including symptoms, overall health issues, and coping. 


Speakers during the meal included Roger Trudell and Ken James from Santee and Jody and Raymond Hawk of Virginia, MN.  Raymond Hawk is a member of the Santee Sioux Nation was the keynote speaker for the event.  Hawk has been a physician’s assistant for 33 years and gave a presentation on various types of cancer and ones more common to Native Americans.  Jody Hawk is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe and is a cancer survivor.  She spoke about her own personal experience with cancer. 


The event was hosted and organized by Wyatt Thomas who hopes to have the Cancer Awareness Walk become an annual event in the community. 

Nebraska Indian Community College Commencement 2014


Saturday, May 17th, 2014 10:00 AM

Minisoe Park,North Veterans Memorial Drive, Santee, NE








Representing NICC at AIHEC

Six students along with NICC faculty attended the 33rd Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Spring Conference in Billings, Montana, March 16 through Tuesday, March 18. The students were: Tamara Crees, Falon Tor-rez, Sarah Zavala, Marilyn Black-Hawk, Tiffany Wolfe, and Adria-na Hoffman.

The students are encouraged to participate and represent NICC through various academic and non-academic competitions. NICC students competed in speech, science bowl, and improv. Tiffany Wolfe did a wonderful speech about meth, Sarah Zavala did a speech on the Dakota 38 and a city law allowing settlers to receive $200 for a Indian scalp...a law that is still in effect to this day. Tamara did a speech on Native American history and how it is not taught to school age students. NICC did win the best improv/comedy for AIHEC for a improv play called "Don't Smoke at Bingo."

The big news from AIHEC is that Sarah Zavala was elected historian for the AIHEC Student Congress.