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Earth Lodge Quest

 When the Umonhon first settled this area of Nebraska long ago, it has been said that the knowledge of building earth lodges came from the Arikara. This wonderful knowledge still exists today within our communities and as part of the core vision of the Nebraska Indian Community College we look to foster and revitalize Umonhon and Isanti cultures so it may live through the lives of our future generations. Over the last few months the college has been holding small community meetings every Monday at 1pm at our Macy Campus to discuss the potential for a community event that promotes our earth lodge knowledge though functional application. Donald Porter and family of the Mon’thinka’gaxe clan has provided us with guidance for the location of the Earth Lodge.Tribal member Dwight Robinson of the Hun’ga clan has shared his own earth lodge building memories. The meeting together with the NICC’s Umonhon History, Traditions & Cultures classes have envisioned a community project that builds an earth lodge that is built by the people for the people. The NICC is investigating funding for this activity to assist and support volunteer community members in this endeavour. We are in our planning phase that will build out our natural resources list, other material, and heavy equipment needs to assist construction. Although it is the consensus of the group meetings to carry out this activity traditionally, contemporary means will be utilized for safety and practicality. By the end of this month it is our hopes that we can put forward a good solid work plan for the activity to grow under.

It is our sincerest hope that community members will join us every Monday at 1pm at our Macy Campus location so we may do this in unity together by the people for the people. 

If you would like to help the NICC provide resources and other needs for this projects successful completion please drop us an email at info@thenicc.edu

Cultural Sensitivity

This last March at the Sioux City Museum our Dakota Center of Excellence, led by Wyatt Thomas, brought forth training for partners, program managers, staff, and area leaders on perspectives to consider when servicing and assisting Native people. These two day training sessions are of astonishing value for understandings to happen for many unaware of the challenges faced by Native people. Many of the speakers came from all around Indian country to help our communities. Rick Thomas and Gene Thin Elk provided great insight on trauma and the effects of trauma. The NICC wishes to thanks all our presenters from this year’s cultural sensitivity training for their gift of knowledge for our participants. The college has two of the lectures recorded and available for community use through our public libraries located in Santee and Macy campuses. If you would like to purchase a DVD copy for your program, managers, or individual use they can be obtained through a donation of $20.00 for the continuation of these types of events. For orders or more information please contact us here at info@thenicc.edu.edu. 



Preparing for AIHEC

NICC students are preparing for the 31st Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium Conference Knowledge Bowl Competition on March 25-28 in Rapid City, South Dakota. Questions will be derived from the following sources: 1. He Sapa Woihanble- Lanniko Lee et.al 2. New Indians, Old Wars – Elizabeth Cook-Lynn 3. First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art- Bruce Bernstein et.al. 4. American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights- Laughlin McDonald 5. Mitsitam Café Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian- Richard Hetzler 6. Where the Lightning Strikes: The Lives of American Indian Sacred Places- Peter Nabokov 7. Tradition and Culture in the Millennium: Tribal Colleges and Universities- Linda Sue Warner et.al. FILM Reel Injun: On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian-Neil Diamond. Check us out! Both the libraries at NICC, Macy Campus and Santee Campus, are willing and able to help you find a book, proofread a college paper, or find something online. The library is currently being automated with Follett Destiny software to find what you need right away and to keep track of your checkouts. A suggestion for a good read would be The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis. The main character, Nina Borg, volunteers to do a favor for a friend and finds herself with a suitcase that has a three-year-old boy inside. Who is he? Where does he belong? Who stole him? Why? Don’t forget the libraries are not just for college students, they are also community libraries. Come on in and see what we have to offer!