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Nebraska Indian Community College career day for students at Niobrara

Nebraska Indian Community College with the University of Nebraska - Lincoln Extension, hosted a Connect the Dots Career Exploration daty at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center at Santee on March 26.  In attendance were 35 freshmen and sophomore students from both Santee and Niobrara high schools.

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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!