Emerging Area Seed Awardees Announced

Mafany Mongoh, Professor, Ag/Science, Sitting Bull College, is among three faculty from tribal colleges in North Dakota and the state’s primarily undergraduate institutions who are collaborating with NDSU faculty in ND EPSCoR’s Track-1 Emerging Area Seed project. The three research groups are award recipients from the recent project competition. Each award is for $25,000 to augment ongoing intellectual merit and/or broader impact components of the project and develop more collaborative efforts between the ND EPSCoR centers for sustainable materials science (CSMS) and regional climate studies (CRCS). Jiang Long, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, NDSU, is the grant’s overall principal investigator.

Other award recipients, their departments, and institutions are:

Andre Delorme, Professor, Science, Valley City State University, and Eakalak Khan, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, NDSU, the grant’s overall principal investigator.

Kerry Hartman, Dean, Sciences, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, and Dilpreet Bajwa, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, NDSU, the grant’s overall principal investigator.

North Dakota EPSCoR is a federally and state funded program designed to improve the ability of university researchers to compete more effectively for federal, regional and private research grants in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics.


For More Information Contact:

Elizabeth Jung

1735 NDSU Research Park Drive

North Dakota State University

Fargo, ND 58105-5760

(701) 231-1048

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Tribal Education Dept. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS




The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Tribal Education Department received a three year grant from the Bureau of Indian Education to strengthen the Tribe’s inherent authority over education and to fully execute the Education Code.   The Education Code was adopted by the Standing Rock Tribal Council in November 2012.  The Department is seeking a consultant to conduct a comprehensive analysis of each section of the Standing Rock Education Code.



The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tribal Education Department was awarded a Tribal Education Department Grant from the Bureau of Indian Education in July 2015. The goals of the grant are:


  • Execute the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Education Code addressing legislative action, development of policies, and the development of education standards utilizing language and culture as the foundation of all academic programs to provide a relevant learning experience to ensure the academic success of all students.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the academic achievement of students attending the three tribal grant schools – Rock Creek Grant School, Sitting Bull School, and Standing Rock Community School to ensure that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is effectively administering and managing the operation of their tribal grant schools.
  • Exercising their inherent authority, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will develop and execute a plan to assume the assets and functions of the Education Line Office in a manner that ensures the academic success of the students.




The Work Plan for the grant outlines the timeframe for all activities to be completed.  The consultant will be required to conduct a comprehensive analysis of each section of the Standing Rock Education Code to identify the tasks/activities necessary for legislative action, development of policy, and the development of education standards and the resources necessary to execute the tasks/activities.  Specific tasks are:

Review and analyze the Education Code.

Categorize the identified activities/tasks into legislative actions, policy development, and development of academic standards and requirements.

Identify the resources necessary to implement the sections of the Education Code that require action.

Present the comprehensive analysis of the Education Code to the Health, Education, and Welfare Committee for the appropriate action.



The contract will be effective upon approval of the tribal governing body.  The Tribal Education Department anticipates a selection made by the end of March 2016. Bi-weekly progress reports to the SR Tribal Department of Education Director shall be required.  Timeframe outlined in the grant shall be adhered to the best of the consultant and Director’s ability.  The Standing Rock Tribal Education Department is seeking an individual with documented expertise in the legal, education, and/or related professional field and documented experience working with Native American Tribes, organizations and/or schools.  Consultant may invoice up to 25% of fee upon approval of agreement to initiate agreement expenses related to travel, lodging and incidentals.


Submit the following no later than March 11, 2016 to Emma Jean Blue Earth, SR Tribal Department of Education Director, PO Box D, Fort Yates, ND  58538, Phone  (701) 854-7525, Email  ejblueearth @standingrock.org.  (Electronic versions welcome).


  1. Resume of all experience relevant to this RFP.
  2. Summary of recent and relevant projects.
  3. Three references: Names and contact information from work or projects completed.
  4. Describe in detail your approach to complete this project.

SBC Financial Aid Director Featured

Sitting Bull College Financial Aid Director Donna Seaboy has been featured in quarterly publication College Corner. The story, which can be read in its entirety on page 10 here, showcases one of SBC’s most cherished employees who has devoted several decades to helping students with their Financial Aid needs.


via http://banknd.nd.gov/pubs/college_corner/4thquarter2015/offline/download.pdf



July 2015 – The Native American Scenic Byway has been included by Men’s Journal magazine as one of the best byways in America. Men’s Journal is a lifestyle magazine focused on outdoor recreation and environmental issues as well as other topics geared toward active and adventurous lifestyles.
The Native American Scenic Byway includes a collection of roadways throughout the Crow Creek, Lower Brule, Cheyenne River and Standing Rock reservations in South and North Dakota. These roadways have been designated by the United States Department of Transportation as being diverse and distinct. There are only 150 roads that have been designated as America’s Byways. Sitting Bull College is the byway organization for the Standing Rock segment.
From North to South the Native American Scenic Byway begins at the Cannonball River in North Dakota and ends at I-90 in Chamberlain, South Dakota. For more information about the Byway go to http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/.
To read the Men’s Journal article go to http://www.mensjournal.com/expert-advice/the-best-byways-in-america-20150717.


Sitting Bull Monument near Mobridge, South Dakota by Schmidt Photos

ND Commerce Awards Tribal College Grant to Sitting Bull College for Workforce Development



August 10, 2015

COMMERCE AWARDS tribal college GRANT to

Sitting Bull College for WORKFORCE development

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced a $959,462 tribal college grant for Sitting Bull College located in Fort Yates, N.D. The grant will support efforts to develop a basic and advanced heavy equipment operator program through the purchase of a fleet of equipment.

The Legislature authorized $3 million in workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges. The grants support degree- or certificate-granting programs that qualify students to earn highly recruited jobs in the state. They also provide assistance to students to establish new businesses operating within North Dakota that will employ North Dakotans.

Dr. Vermillion, President of Sitting Bull College stated, “Sitting Bull College is extremely excited and appreciative to be awarded a tribal college grant in the amount of $959,462. The opportunity for our students to learn hands-on heavy equipment training will open career doors of opportunity as well as fill the need for heavy equipment operators within the State. It is a win-win for the State and our students.”

The Department of Commerce administers the grants through an application process. Recipients report back to the Department on several factors including expenditures, number of students assisted, graduation rates, new or improved training or other programs leading to a certificate or degree, job placement rates, rate of students assisted who seek further educational opportunities, and the number of jobs or businesses created.

“Tribal Colleges in North Dakota serve a critical role across our state in providing education and training needed to fulfill their career goals,” Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “This tribal college grant will increase the colleges’ ability to prepare students for our growing statewide economy.”

The North Dakota Department of Commerce works to improve the quality of life for North Dakota citizens by leading efforts to attract, retain and expand wealth. Commerce serves businesses and communities statewide through committed people and partners who offer valuable programs and dynamic services.

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From ND Commerce

Senators Heitkamp (ND-D) and Hoeven (ND-R) Recognize TCUs inc. SBC

From http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/02/10/video-heitkamp-helps-dedicate-week-february-8-national-tribal-colleges-159136

Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven recognized Sitting Bull College and the other Tribal Colleges in a bipartisan legislation creating National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. Heitkamp commented “The nation’s TCUs, which are tribally or federally chartered, operate more than 75 campuses and sites in 16 states. Yet, they remain virtually unknown to mainstream America. We hope that the adoption of this resolution will broaden the recognition of the TCUs as accredited, public institutions of higher education that are planting resilient seeds of hope for the future; nurturing and sustaining Native languages, cultures, and traditions; and helping to build tribal economies, governments, and a strong Native workforce, all of which will benefit not just Indian Country, but the nation, as a whole.”

Sitting Bull College students speak to Congress members

Four Sitting Bull College students (see the photo of the four on the left) were highlighted by the American Indian College Fund’s website having had a chance to visit Washington DC in February and talk with members of Congress as they partook in AIHEC’s Winter Meeting. “I was so impressed with the initiative students made to find these connections” wrote the AICF reporter. To read more about the meeting and see other photos, click here.

The original article and photos shown below are by the American Indian College Fund and can be found at collegefund.org

Tribal College Week Brings TCU Students to D.C.

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) winter meetings for Tribal College Presidents and Students.  Each year representatives from the 37 different tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) meet up for an advocacy workshop and Capitol Hill visits. It was amazing to see 150 representatives in one room, ready to share their TCUs’ story. The students were especially inspiring. For many of them, this was their first visit to Washington, D.C. They were excited and eager to fill the halls of House and Senate building to share the importance of their TCU with their State’s representatives.

The students had prepared their two-three minute stories, shared and practiced with their fellow students, and were encouraging and proud of one another. Because so many TCUs are isolated, many students have never met one another. It was wonderful to see them make connections with other tribal college students and share their similarities and differences! I was so impressed with the initiative students made to find these connections with one another.

It was a wonderful experience to learn not only from our students but from other Native American organizations and supporters located in Washington, D.C. It was a great reminder that we are all seeking the same thing: to empower and strengthen Native Americans and their communities. Meeting to discuss and share our successes is important to achieving our goals. I hope to see this event grow with even more students and tribal college representatives attending. It is important to have this presence in Washington D.C. and to advocate for the importance of tribal colleges and universities.

(c) AICF