UND Center for Community Engagement

Nathan-Day 5

In Students' Reflections on March 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Cankdeska Cikana Community College is a tribal college located in Fort Totten, North Dakota, which is in the Spirit Lake Reservation. Fort Totten is a unique community because it first served as a military outpost and then a boarding school for American Indian children.

Today we got to visit Cankdeska Cikana and received a tour of the college. We got to see the services that the college offers to not only its students but to its entire community as a whole. The college offers a daycare, you can check out different types of books from the library, and offers mentoring to members of the community as well as their students. It helps bring jobs, education, service learning projects, and other educational opportunities to the tribal communities.

While each of the communities were unique in their own way, I feel that Fort Totten was the most unique for our stops as it was a tribal community while the other communities (Hazen, Hettinger, Tioga & Rugby). The Stone Soup Bus Tour gave us the chance to see this outside of the classroom and with a “hands on” approach as well as showing us the benefits of rural communities. This made the tour a great experience for everyone involved, especially those of us who are graduating and trying to find our place in the world.


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