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The University of Oklahoma, Norman is hosting a fall symposium asking about the needs of American Indian students in colleges in Oklahoma today. Veronica and Lee will be attending as they complie research and present their ideas and findings. Come join us if you are interested in seeing the changes and ideas developing in Indian Higher Ed -

Native American Studies Fall Symposium: "American Indian Studies in Context: A Symposium of American Indian Studies Reform"
OU College of Weather
Norman, OK
Oct 2nd 8-5 PM

Email Lee at: moc.liamtoh|zeuqsav7eel#moc.liamtoh|zeuqsav7eel, for information!

College Thoughts and Needs: OU Fall Symposium by Lee (guest), 22 Sep 2009 20:43

We are currently researching the necessary procedures and qualifications to put together a feasibility study. We are trying to find out the best ways to begin the feasibility process of the college concept. We are working with resources from around the state of Oklahoma that have worked with developing other tribal colleges in the area. We are asking for advice and resources to proceed by the requirements of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

Any news, suggestions, or resources are welcome!

Email Veronica or Lee for questions/comments!

Summer Development by Lee Vasquez-Ilaoa (guest), 09 Jul 2009 23:34

I sent some emails to members of Congress about the status of the bill, and here is the response. I have attempted to contact Congressman Simms several times and he has never responded to my emails. Does someone else want to contact him and ask him some questions about the bill? If you do, please log the date you spoke with him and the questions you asked him. When I get some time, I will post a contact log on this website for all of us to document every contact we've made about the college.

Anyway, here they are:

There is no guarantee this bill will be heard before next spring unless Congress or the Chief have a Special Session to consider it. It is still in Committee. I’d write Shannon Edwards or Deb Atterberry – they are active in that committee.


From: Veronica Pipestem
Sent: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:02 PM
To: Raymond W. Redcorn
Cc: Mark J. Simms; 'Mark Simms'; Archie Mason; Shannon L. Edwards; Debbie Littleton; 'Ryan Red Corn'; moc.oohay|4002radecdnaegas#moc.oohay|4002radecdnaegas; lee vasquez
Subject: RE: ONCA 08-35

Hi Raymond,

Congressman Simms has not responded to any of the emails I have ever sent him. If someone from the Congress will update me I would really appreciate it.

I would like to know what the status of the Tribal College Commission Study Act (ONCA 08-35) is, and I would also like to know when it is going to be discussed again. I would prefer to know at least 24 hours in advance so I can attend.

Thank You,

Veronica Pipestem

From: Raymond W. Redcorn
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 9:18 AM
To: Veronica Pipestem
Cc: Mark J. Simms; Mark Simms
Subject: RE: ONCA 08-35


I would defer the question to Mr. Simms, as he is the prime sponsor of the bill.

Best regards,


From: Veronica Pipestem
Sent: Tuesday, October 07, 2008 2:28 PM
To: Raymond W. Redcorn; Mark J. Simms
Cc: 'Ryan Red Corn'; moc.oohay|4002radecdnaegas#moc.oohay|4002radecdnaegas
Subject: ONCA 08-35

Hello Congressmen Simms and Redcorn:

What is the status of ONCA 08-35? I would like to post your response on

Thank You,

Veronica E. Pipestem

Curriculum Coordinator

Osage Nation Language Program

222 W. Main

Pawhuska, OK 74056



Osage Nation College Constitution
Board Membership Establishment and Requirements
Unofficial Document

Lee Vasquez-Ilaoa and Veronica Pipestem met with Dr. Grayson Noley at the University of Oklahoma on 29 August 2008 to discuss Constitution format. Here is the template we received from him. Most of the notes we have included are a combination of Noley’s template and the needs we perceive for our college. Please feel free to make additions and revisions to the format as well as the included information.
The use of green font indicates areas in which we would like to receive feedback and assistance.

Article I

The name of the organization shall be:

Osage Nation College

Article II

Purpose of Organization:

The purpose of this organization can be described by the five following categories delineated in the Mission Statement

To provide the Osage people with highly trained human resources and personnel
To assist people in being active, productive members of their community and the Osage Nation
To assist tribal institutions and departments in staff preparation, planning, research, and evaluation services

To preserve, perpetuate, and promote research of the Osage language and culture
To provide opportunities for students and instructors to integrate the Osage language and culture into their personal and professional lives
To educate Osages and other Oklahomans with respect to Osage history, the history of colonization, and the traditional and contemporary culture of Osage peoples

To provide high-level certificate-granting and degree programs
To provide college hours for transfer or continuing education credit to other higher educational institutions
To develop students’ leadership, technological, archival, critical, and communicative skills
To provide reflective, collaborative relationships among staff, students, and other educational institutions

To assist in assessing and planning for the developmental needs of the Osage Nation and surrounding communities
To provide reputable, competitive continuing and community education

Article III

This article will address Board of Regents membership status and requirements.

Although all members of the Board of Regents are not required to be members of the Osage Nation, all members must demonstrate a commitment to furthering and progressing the goals in the mission statement and maintain a consistent dedication to the goals and projects associated with the College.

Organizational Leadership (Officers):

Contemporary organizations need individuals to serve in leadership capacities to facilitate the business of the organization. Please consider the following:
Number of leadership roles and the name/title of each role
Function of each role
Term of office
Time of year elections are held

Please also consider the following:

Who is eligible to run for office? (Do students need to have been a member of the organization for a number of semesters in order to be eligible to hold office?)
What constitutes removal from office?
What is the procedure for removal from office?
How is voting to be handled?
Can elected officials serve as members concurrent to their position in office?
Do we want to limit the number of non-Osage Board members or require that a certain percentage of the Board is Osage/Native American?
What are the roles of the responsibilities of the Board of Regents?


Here are some links to other tribal colleges’ Boards of Regents/Trustees and their organizational structures.
We have put these here for you to view and select which structure(s) you would prefer. Please note that a few of the following colleges have an advisory council as well as a board of regents:

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College:
Turtle Mountain Community College:
Blackfeet Community College:
Cankdeska Cikana Community College: : see Articale Seven
Wind River Tribal College:
Chief Dull Knife College:
Fort Belknap Community College:
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College:
Leech Lake Tribal College:

Taken from Little Big Horn College ( ):
"The College Mission and Purpose is directed by the College Charter, passed by the Crow Tribal Council in 1980: to establish, maintain and
operate an educational institution at the post-secondary level on the Crow Indian Reservation. Crow Indian voters in the six reservation districts
elect the all-Crow Indian Board of Trustees. In addition to the elected board members, a yearly elected member of the LBHC faculty staff and
student body comprise the Board of Trustees."

Sitting Bull College (

While the accreditation activities ensure that Sitting Bull College meets the standards of the higher education agencies, the fact that SBC is
tribally controlled means it must also provide services to the Native American community. Advisory boards made up of community members;
provide input that is relied upon for program continuation and changes. The College Board of Trustees is elected from the eight districts. At the
state and national levels the college is a member of the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges and the American Indian Higher Education

Article IV

Meetings and Quorum:

How often do we want the organization to meet?
Who can call (schedule) an official meeting of the organization?

Article V

Amending the Constitution

It is important to establish a process to amend the constitution. Some amendments will have the support of nearly all of the membership, while other amendments will generate divided opinion among the membership. Therefore, it is important to establish a process that is fair and easily understood. Here are some questions to consider:
How are amendments placed on the agenda?
How much advance notice do you want to have about the proposed amendment?
What is the minimum number of total members that must participate in the vote to determine whether or not it is approved?
Of those members present, how many must vote in favor of the amendment before it is approved?

Hello, absolutely. The Mission is up already. The Board of Regents portion of the constitution will be up today.

We are putting together the first stages of a college constitution, based upon the AIHEC model.

Constitution by Anonymous (68.0.82.x), 11 Nov 2008 19:33

Hi there, there are no passwords on anything so just go ahead! I will look at the link you talked about, thanks!

A commission of five people, at least one of the Osage, was to have been established. Has this been done?

I've just created my account on Wikidot. Do I need to become a site member to edit pages? The link for joining the site says that this is not possible with this Wikidot page.

Joining in the discussion by Loring Loring , 16 Oct 2008 04:30

Could someone post notes about the meeting? Thanks.

We will meet on Saturday Oct. 4th at 11:00 am at Ryan's office. Dr. Tinker and Dr. Loring Abeyta will both be available. Dr. Abeyta is Dr. Tinker's wife and is also an educator. Ryan is checking with Dr. Warrior.

Re: Larry or Ryan by Larry SLarry S, 27 Sep 2008 16:27

Got it - it works. I just was able to sign up today. Sorry for the delay. Larry

Re: Test by Larry SLarry S, 27 Sep 2008 16:24

Were you able to set up a meeting time with Drs. Warrior and Tinker? If so, can we post the information about the meeting here? Thanks. VP

Larry or Ryan by Tribal Coll Inquiry Tribal Coll Inquiry , 17 Sep 2008 23:54
Re: Test by Anonymous (209.183.51.x), 17 Sep 2008 21:04

I think we have fixed all of the problems but please email Lee or me if you have problems.

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