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Itasca Community College has a very active American Indian student organization called the O-Gitch-I-Dah Club. O-Gitch-I-Dah is an Ojibwe word which means "heroes" or "people who we depend upon to protect us." This group strives to provide peer support and promote activities to increase the understanding of American Indian culture and heritage. The O-Gitch-I-Dah Club is open to all interested persons.

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Below Left: Photo depicting, ICC O Gitch I Dah alumna, Chelsea Durand , 3rd grade teacher for Cloquet school district.  ICC O Gitch I Dah alumni are also teachers in the Bug O Nay Ge Shig school district and metro schools.

O Gitch I Dah alumnae Chelsea Durand       Charmaine Jourdain

Above Right: Photo of 2014, active O Gitch I Dah club member, Charmaine Jourdain, ICC women’s varsity basketball player and engineering major.


Below: The O Gitch I Dah entry for an International Dialogue contest on youth engagement.

 

The group meets weekly and plans and coordinates a variety of activities including: the annual pow-wow in spring,

Larry Aitken at Pow Wow               ICC 2014 Pow Wow

 

Fry-bread taco day when O-Gitch-I-Dah served a free lunch to ICC.

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Many events are scheduled to honor National American Indian Hertiage Month in November - such as sponsoring a talk by activist, Winona LaDuke, and a concert by musician, Keith Secola.

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O-Gitch-I-Dah members also help with the Indian Quiz Bowls, (www.nativequizbowl.info) which are put on throughout the state of Minnesota.

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Other community activities include: raising funds to help the homeless, get out the vote drives, and assembling care packages for soldiers in Iraq. If you would like to become a member of O-Gitch-I-Dah, please call advisor Harold Annette at 218-322-2353/ harold.annette@itascacc.edu

                   
       
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