UND Center for Community Engagement

Final Destination

In From the Instructor on March 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Physically tired, but culturally engaged into rural communities. Today we started out from Rugby, N.D. with a wonderful breakfast at the Hub cafe. We headed east towards Fort Totten, N.D. to have a cultural exchange from Cankdeska Cikana Community College students.

Driving through the reservations we noticed vast differences between the Three Affiliated Tribes, and Spirit Lake Nation. Both having significant assets students were able point out. The tribal college has been expanding, Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College is a beautiful campus with new additions and opportunities pouring out into the community. UND students took a tour with students from the college and were able to interact with each other and asking questions about the area.

A new daycare facility, a new gymnasium that will begin sports programming when completed, and state of the art technology. Each corner had more opportunities for students, Cankdeska Cikana is putting more back into its community wanting to bring more knowledge to the tribal community.

We had a wonderful week across this beautiful state, students having opportunities to learn about rural and tribal communities. Each day brought different experiences and different community members that have made a difference in our lives. I want to send a special thank you to all of those who have been following along the UND Stone Soup Bus Tour, and also all those communities that allowed us to come into their homes and communities and treated us like family: First Lady, Betsy Dalrymple, Hettinger, N.D., Enchanted Highway/Regent, N.D., Hazen, N.D., Knife River Indian Village Museum in Stanton, N.D., Three Affiliated Tribes in New Town, N.D., Tioga, N.D., Rugby, N.D., and Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

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