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Published April 24, 2010, 05:33 PM

Learning About Cultures In North Dakota

Two Universities came together in Fort Totten today to offer a forum to the public to about all the different cultures that make up North Dakota.

Two Universities came together in Fort Totten today to offer a forum to the public to about all the different cultures that make up North Dakota.

Today people from the University of North Dakota and Cankdeska Cikanna Community College came together for the Community Engagement forum. These forums were started to help the public understand different cultures not just at UND but all over North Dakota.

Robert Kelly/UND President:"We need to know more about our history more about the peoples that make up this great nation; we need to understand how we got to be where we are as a people as a common national group and we need to understand all the cultures of the people that make up our great nation."

The students at Cankdeska Cikana College and the University of North Dakota are here not only to learn about new cultures but to create new friendships as well.

Dacia Tollefson/CCCC Student:"To actually have other students here to hear their stories and to get to know them I think its really good, its a better learning experience."

Cynthia Lindquist Mala/CCCC President:" More importantly they can build or make a new relationship with somebody is different from me or someone who does not live here, so we can become friends and learn from one another."

Students and Faculty took part in four different forums focusing on Culture Education and Culture Heritage. Each class had a panel of four different heritages and provided a short background to those cultures. Cynthia Lindquist Mala says getting to know one another will help bring our cultures closer together.

Cynthia Lindquist Mala/CCCC President:"So you don't have to be worried about someone or some place there is really a lot more mutual and commonality so to speak than distinctions and differences."

President Kelly says these types of forums help UND live up to its mission of Teaching and Learning. UND gave CCCC two gifts, including a Pottery bowl and a book of American Indian Artifacts both made at UND.

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