by Larry McDaniel Jr.
For months, tensions have been mounting in the Standing Rock Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota over the implementation of an oil pipeline that would carry over 400,000 oil barrels daily from North Dakota to Illinois. Protestors from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, as well as from various tribes and communities from around the country, have been on the front-lines contesting and combating the installation of this pipeline because it presents both environmental and cultural threats. In light of this, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up takes a look at the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) closest to the protest site.
1) Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND
Founded by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, Sitting Bull College (SBC) is at the Standing Rock reservation, which makes it the closest Tribal College to the pipeline site. SBC is committed to building intellectual capital through academic and social development. Students and instructors and have been using this capital by actively building coalitions with other communities in protesting the pipeline.
Sitting Bull College is approximately 24 miles from the protest site.
2) United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND
Founded by a group of North Dakotan native tribes, United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, and aims to educationally serve Native American peoples in the region. Students and community leaders have held protests against the pipeline, and recently held a march to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers district office.
United Tribes Technical College is approximately 49 miles from the protest site.
3) Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, New Town, ND
Formerly known as Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC), Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) aims to preserve their past while preparing students for the future. This preparation for the future has been visible in the fight against the protest. Leading the efforts against the pipeline is a graduate of NHSC, Lisa DeVille (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation). She has been steadfast in urging the North Dakota Public Service Commission to reject the pipeline.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is approximately 189 miles from the protest site.
4) Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, ND
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) is located in Fort Totten, North Dakota, and is chartered by the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation. CCCC is geared towards developing independence and self-sufficiency in its students, as well as being dedicated to building a strong community that values mental, physical, and spiritual health.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College is approximately 213 miles from the protest site
5) Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND
Part of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), Turtle Mountain Community College focuses on cultivating a learning environment that promotes the application of academic concepts to real world problems. Despite being more than 200 miles away, members from the community have supported the protests at Standing Rock by providing various supplies.
Turtle Mountain Community College is approximately 242 miles from the protest site.
Know other TCUs or Native American Serving Non Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs) involved in the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline? Share in the comments below!