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Thomas Shortbull

Thomas Shortbull
OLC President
Family History

From its inception in 1971, our college's mission has been to provide the educational credentials to our students so that they could compete for employment opportunities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. As a result of having a college on the reservation; Lakota people are now employed in teaching, nursing, human services, business, computer, and vocational educational positions on the Pine Ridge reservation.

Oglala Lakota College was one of the first tribally controlled colleges in the United States. The concept of a tribally controlled college is that it be sanctioned by an Indian tribe, it's governed by an Indian tribe, it's governing body be made up of tribal members; and meet the needs of reservation people in their pursuit of higher education.

From its initial status as a community college, Oglala Lakota has grown to now offer Baccalaureate degrees and a Master's degree in Lakota Leadership along with certificates and A.A. degrees. This last semester we saw a large increase in enrollment from 1,100-1,400 students to1,400 students with a full-time equivalency of 900 students per semester.

Oglala Lakota College is a North Central Accredited college and its credits transfer to any college depending on each institution's particular method of how it accepts transfer credit.

The Board of Trustees, local boards, administration, and instructors offer support in your efforts to advance yourself through higher education.

Thomas Shortbull
President
Oglala Lakota College