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"Sitting Bull College SEEDS Student Chapter" » Fort Yates, North Dakota
The Sitting Bull College SEEDS Student Ecology Chapter promotes interest in the ecological sciences at Sitting Bull College and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.
Plans for 2008-2009
- Activities planned for the following year include: conducting research related to expanding the blue bird enhancement project by building and distributing blue bird boxes across Standing Rock Reservation. Global Positioning Systems and Geographical Information System software will used to aid in the study of the blue birds; tropical research opportunities related to the ecology of the tropical dry forest biome and the culture of the local people will be included in this activity; and research in the area of metal accumulation in macroinvertebrate and fish communities will be examined.
Activities of 2007-2008
- Renewed chapter status in 2008
- Dan Buresh
"Sitting Bull College Campus and Reservation Schools Tree Planting Project" Special Project
In 2006 100 2-3 foot tall bare root trees were given to each of the twelve schools on Standing Rock Reservation that included any or all of the grades K-12. Suitability for trees was determined for each school and trees were distributed that were best suited to the soil type. Several schools requested additional trees which they received after all the schools had received their initial trees. Tree planting and maintenance instructions, along with brochures promoting programs at Sitting Bull College and potential careers in the field of natural resources and ecology were also distributed to each school. Each school held a special event to kick off their campus tree planting. The Ecology Club members assisted with distribution of the trees, but were unable to attend the individual tree planting events due to final exams. Ecology Club members or the advisor visited each school to monitor progress of the planting and to ensure all the trees had been planted.
"Sitting Bull College New Campus Wildlife Habitat Establishment" Special Project
Funded in 2004, this project allowed for the planting of trees and shrubs to establish wildlife habitat and provide wind protection on the new college campus. Also, feeders were provided for the wildlife through a wildlife feeder workshop. Informational signs were also put up for visitors.
"Sitting Bull College New Campus Landscape Project" Special Project
Sitting Bull College built a new campus one mile west of the original one. Considerable amounts of earth were moved during construction preparation, in the course of utility placement, and in grading and paving operations. Although no grants for
landscaping or seeding had been received, Sitting Bull College purchased grass seed and hired a
contractor to perform the reseeding in areas indirectly adjacent to the housing area, and in the other areas of the approximately 52 acres of disturbed soils. However, there are many smaller areas that needed seeding where large seeding equipment could not be used. It was important
that the disturbed areas be seeded as soon as possible to prevent erosion and for aesthetic reasons.
College administrators, the Student Ecology Chapter and science related faculty worked closely with
our civil engineers and our construction contractors to restore these disturbed areas as closely as possible
to predisturbed conditions. Native grasses were utilized to restore rangeland on what previously was
alfalfa/cropland. Resultant native grasses and forbs were used for erosion control, educational
purposes, aesthetics, and the overall landscaping theme.
"Water Quality Testing" Special Project
In order to determine if contaminants are present in drinking water on Standing Rock Indian Reservation, test kits suitable for testing bacterial and farm chemical contamination were purchased and students and interested staff were trained to use the kits. In order for reservation residents to understand the results of the water quality tests, tests were performed in the resident's home and the process and results were explained. The quality of drinking water on Standing Rock Indian Reservation was recorded, as Sitting Bull College, in cooperation with Tribal Departments, maintains records of test results and location of the sample.
"Sitting Bull College Research Leadership" Special Project
Sitting Bull College was granted land-grant status in 1994. This status allows Sitting Bull College the opportunity to be a leader in research conducted on Standing Rock Reservation, or in collaboration with other agencies, off the reservation. However, few people living or working on the reservation know how to conduct research. This project aimed to (1) provide education to Sitting Bull College administration, faculty, staff and students on the process for starting and conducting meaningful scientific research and to inform community members and to allow them to be as involved as they care to be in research being conducted on Standing Rock Indian Reservation; (2) develop a system to compile research needs as expressed by community members and college faculty, and to secure funds to complete the research; (3) put in place an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and implement guidelines meeting federal standards; and, (4) hire Sitting Bull College students to assist with faculty-led research.