United Tribes Technical College

UTTC Pow-Wow honors WWI veterans

Sep 11, 2017
Lisa Johnson / KUMD/Duluth

Native American veterans of World War One were honored at the annual United Tribes Pow-Wow this weekend in Bismarck.

They served even though at the time, they were not recognized as citizens of the United States.

"Native Americans were the largest per-capita in America to serve in the Great War<" said National World War One Centennial Commission member Terry Hamby. "There were 12,000 Native Americans that served. Over 800 gave their lives."

Hamby said he hopes the UTTC event will help tell a story that should be told.

For the current chairman of the United Tribes Technical College Board of Directors, the annual United Tribes Pow-Wow and the Tribal Leaders Summit have been “a family affair.”

David Flute is the chair of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate tribe. He said he’s been coming to the event for many years.

"My dad was chairman of the Tribe for a number of years," Flute said. "He also chaired United Tribes for a nunber of years in the 70s and 80s. So, I've seen this event grow."

Flute said it's a great event.

Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

This week brings the annual United Tribes Pow-Wow – and the annual Tribal Leaders Summit – to Bismarck.

But with the ongoing protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, the organizers actually considered moving, delaying or cancelling this year’s events.

"We had an emergency meeting last week, and that was the discussion," said Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa chairman Richard McCloud, who also chairs the United Tribes board. "Some communities requested we cancel."

Dakota Goodhouse on the Stories of Resilience

Nov 16, 2015

Here is a transcript of the interview -- it does not include the excerpts from the stories included in the audio.

Bill:                       I'm talking with Dakota Goodhouse, who is an instructor of Native American studies at United Tribes Technical College, hello Dakota welcome to the show.

Dakota:                Good morning Bill.

Marian DeClay

Nov 10, 2015

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Marian DeClay:  Hello! My name is Marian DeClay. I am a White Mountain Apache from the Fort Apache tribe in Arizona. I am currently living in Bismarck, North Dakota. I've been here for about approximately four years. I have two children. One is a six-year old and my baby is two years old. I have a husband who is Gene DeClay.