news anchor Tom Brokaw, a Yankton native, has donated $25,000 to the
Oglala Lakota College's Gerald One Feather Lakota Studies Faculty
The faculty-endowment fund honors One
Feather, a founder of OLC, for his years of work to improve the
education of Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Brokaw and One Feather met while undergraduates
at the University of South Dakota and have stayed in contact throughout
"Gerald is a special hero of mine,"
Brokaw said in a news release. "He has never given up on his
mission of providing first-rate education for the Oglala people."
Under a challenge grant from the National
Endowment for the Humanities, OLC will receive $500,000 from NEH
to support two Lakota faculty endowment funds if OLC can raise $1.5
million by 2003. The two endowment funds are named the William Horn
Cloud Lakota Language Faculty Endowment Fund and the Gerald One
Feather Lakota Studies Faculty Endowment Fund.
Horn Cloud, who died in 1982, was a respected
Lakota singer dedicated to keeping Lakota language and songs alive.
The plan is to invest the endowment funds
and use the interest earnings to pay yearly salaries for three new
faculty positions in the Lakota Studies Department by the 2003-2004
At this point, OLC has raised nearly $1.1
million toward the NEH challenge, according to the college.
The two Lakota Studies faculty-endowment
funds are part of a larger effort to raise $10 million to fund 15
faculty positions by 2004, through OLC's Phase III of the Rebuilding
the Lakota Nation Through Education Campaign.
In 1999, OLC completed the first two phases
of the Rebuilding the Lakota Nation Through Education Campaign,
raising more than $7 million to build the Woksape Tipi Learning
Resource Center, nine instructional centers throughout the Pine
Ridge Indian Reservation, and the He Sapa Instructional Center at
Last month, OLC embarked on a faculty-endowment
fund for its nursing department. When this fund reaches $675,000,
it will provide another faculty member for the school's nursing
Providing funding for additional faculty
members is a priority for OLC administrators. North Central Higher
Learning Commission has recommended that OLC have 70 percent of
its courses taught by full-time faculty, rather than the current
For more information, call OLC President
Tom Short Bull or development director Marilyn Pourier at 455-2321.