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Noted journalist Tim Giago to speak at North Dakota general education summit

Posted on 4/12/2012

For More Information Contact:
John R. Irby, Public Affairs Consultant
North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

BISMARCK, N.D. - The 7th North Dakota General Education Council Summit will be held Friday, April 20, hosted by and at United Tribes Technical College, for representatives from the North Dakota University System, tribal colleges and private institutions.

The summit will explore how a variety of institutions with different missions can work together to prepare students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. Maintaining a seamless transfer among institutions and respecting different missions is crucial to the success of the initiative.

Guest speaker for the summit will be Tim Giago, a member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, who was born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Giago studied journalism at the University of Nevada-Reno and was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship in Journalism to Harvard University in 1990-1991. He also founded the weekly Lakota Times in 1981. The paper was re-named Indian Country Today in 1992. He served as editor and publisher for 18 years building it into the largest independent Indian newspaper in America before selling the paper in 1998. He started the Lakota Journal in 2000 and served as its editor and publisher until his retirement in July of 2004.

He was the founder and first president of the Native American Journalists Association in 1984 and holds honorary doctoral degrees from Bacone College in Oklahoma, Nebraska Indian Community College at Winnebago, Neb., and Sinte Gleska University at Rosebud, S.D.

Giago has lectured on Indian issues at many colleges and universities including Harvard, MIT, UCLA, University of Illinois, Boise State, Florida A&M and the University of Colorado. He writes a weekly column distributed by McClatchy News Service in Washington, DC.

Additional information and registration for the summit is available at:

Bismarck State CollegeDakota College at BottineauDickinson State UniversityLake Region State CollegeMayville State UniversityMinot State UniversityNorth Dakota State College of ScienceNorth Dakota State UniversityUniversity of North DakotaValley City State UniversityWilliston State College
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