UND Center for Community Engagement

Scott’s Tremendous Trip-Day 5

In Students' Reflections on March 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

Last night the Stone Soup Bus Tour met up with Brenda, Terry, and Bruce in Rugby, ND. We almost recorded our entire meal with them on two of our handy, tiny digital recorders. The Rugby trio had a little different perspective on rural assets and they weren’t natives of Rugby. Most of the people we interviewed prior to Rugby were natives of their small communities. Rugby’s prison, wind turbines, newspaper, and radio station were listed as some of the main assets that help provide jobs and keep townsfolk informed about important issues.

A hot shower helped wake us up at 6:40 this morning before we headed for the Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) in the Spirit Lake Nation, Fort Totten, ND. Three students were kind enough to give us a tour when they could have been enjoying there spring break or preparing for upcoming tests. CCCC was unbelievably impressive and it’s not even finished yet! I ran into the father of Kyle Longie, (a Native American I went to U. S. Navy boot camp with) but could only meet him briefly before jaunting back to continue filming the guided tour. CCCC has some incredibly talented artists, a spectacular daycare facility more impressive than any I’ve seen in my life, state of the art computer labs, smart boards, an awesome carpentry shop and faculty/students anyone in the world would be proud of. I hope to run into a Dakota or Lakota Native American student from UND while I’m wearing the new, outstanding Cankdeska Cikana Community College t-shirt they gave to each of us.

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