June 3, 2020
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has put everyone and everything into an unknown whirlwind! Human beings are resourceful and resilient and even more so for Indigenous people. We have been through this many times in many ways and we will survive but more importantly, we will thrive.
Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College (CCCC) is a small, rural, reservation-based tribal college serving the Spirit Lake Dakota community. We are located in Benson County, North Dakota that has double the U.S. Poverty Rate at close to 30 percent and the Tribe’s unemployment rate hovers at about 57 percent. Education is the pathway out of poverty and to improve an individual’s circumstances. CCCC averages 200 students per semester with about 10-12 non-Natives attending as we are very affordable and accessible.
Endemic poverty, historical trauma that includes ongoing racism, lack of preparedness, lack of confidence, and the resurging drug epidemic are all factors that impact the success of students – and now the pandemic! CCCC closed the campus on March 23, 2020 due to COVID-19 with all classes transitioning to an online platform. Summer session is also via online but our hope is to resume in-person classes for fall 2020 or perhaps it will be a hybrid or combination.
We need your help for student retention, completion, and success. Please consider making a donation that will go directly to our CCCC COVID-19 Angel Fund. Click on the red donate button below to make a contribution. This fund provides gift cards to students for basic living needs such as groceries, gas, diapers, cleaning supplies, ink cartridges, etc. The student only needs to make the request to a faculty member who verify that the student is making satisfactory academic progress. The gift cards are from the Spirit Lake Grocery Store and Spirit Lake Marina in an effort to help the tribal economic infrastructure.
Pidamaya (thank you) for your thoughtful consideration. Mitakuye oyasin…all my relations.
Cynthia Lindquist, President
Ta’sunka Wicahpi Win…Star Horse Woman
701-766-4055 (direct line)