On Tuesday, November 25th Nebraska Indian Community College students, faculty and staff attended a screening of the film Sober Indian, Dangerous Indian directed by John Maisch. The film, as described by the director and other filmmakers is both a story of brave men and women on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation who have found empowerment through sobriety and those still struggling to overcome their alcohol addiction. Set in the weeks leading up the Oglala Sioux Tribes historic vote to repeal its ban on alcohol on August 13, 2013, the documentary follows the journey of four alcoholics living on the streets of Whiteclay, NE. The NICC group attended a reception for the film before the screening and had the opportunity to meet the director and discuss the film. The director was impressed with the group of NICC students and even recognized them during the Q & A discussion after the screening of the film.

Earlier in the day, NICC Human Service Counseling students attended the Progress through Collaboration conference held at Briar Cliff College in conjunction with the 26th March to Honor Lost Children. Ariana Johnson and Crystal Ross were present in both the morning and afternoon conference sessions and heard NICC alumni Gwen Porter speak on her successful advocacy training efforts with the TIPS-MAPP Foster Parenting Curriculum partnering with the Omaha Nation. Adjunct NICC Faculty member, Misty Thomas (of the Santee Department of Human Services) explained the use of the Medicine Wheel Model in working with Foster Parents. Briar Cliff also provided a free Thanksgiving meal for all participants. Darla Korol, NICC Human Services Counseling instructor quoted, she was so happy that a local and free conference for our students, could reinforce the range of issues we have been learning about in our Crisis Intervention, Medical Aspects of Chemical Dependency, Developmental Psychology and Intro to Native American Human Services Classes.