LLTC Student of the Year goes to AIHEC View Full Blog


Morris and LLTC President Dr. Don Day


The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) was founded in 1972 by the Presidents of the first six Tribal Colleges as an informal collaboration among college members. Today the number of Tribal College members that comprise AIHEC has risen to thirty-eight. AIHEC held their annual Student Conference in Billings, Montana on March 15th-18th. Leech Lake Tribal College was well represented as President Dr. Don Day and LLTC Student of the Year Vincent Morris were in attendance for the Conference. Morris was nominated for LLTC Student of the Year by a faculty member at the college who recognized the outstanding job Morris has been doing. Upon hearing about his selection for the award from Dean of Students, Nadine Bill, Morris was very thrilled to hear he had been nominated. It wasn’t until later that Morris learned the full impact of the award and that he would be sent to Montana to represent LLTC. “I really enjoyed the confer-ence, I wish more of our students could go,” said Morris. “I went up and identified myself to and met so many people.” In addition to the Student of Year award, Morris also took second place in the beadwork competition. During the interview Morris informed me that next year when his bandolier bag that he has been working on for some time is completed, that the first place award will be coming back to Cass Lake with him. Morris’s plans for the future include going on to attend Bemidji State University upon completion of his 2 year degree at LLTC, “I’m going to school to help people, my current job does not allow me help people as much as I would like to.” Morris credits Adult Basic Education and Sarah Larson for helping him get back into school. “My kids are excited, they see me working at my job, and doing my school work and know they can do it too.” Morris also recently attended the Blandin Community Leadership Program and attributes that training to helping him organize more students and participation from LLTC at the next AIHEC Conference. “When I got back I started talking with faculty to see what we need to do to get people on the AIHEC Student Council, to help us work on speeches and to get more involvement for next year.” said Morris. Congratulations to Vincent Morris and his family on this great accomplishment.