Honor. Tradition. Pride. Courage. These are the attributes passed down to you from your ancestors. Each is a pillar upon which you have the choice to build a meaningful life of sound mind, healthy body, and u’-dah (good) character.
When you choose to expand your knowledge—whether it is through college, vocational education, or another sig-dah (path) of training—you choose to better yourself. Consequently, you better the lives of those around you. Although this “ripple effect” may be from the inside out, You>Family>Community>World, the ripples will return to your future generations from the outside in, World>Community>Family>You. It is this cycle that balances us.
Your choice to commit to education and training is not just a reflection of your Honor, Tradition, Pride, and Courage; your choice becomes a reflection of those who came before you and a sig-dah (path) lit to guide future generations.
Both the Department of Higher Education and the Quapaw Tribe are committed to each of you and your academic endeavors. Not only are we honored to assist you in your journey, but we are proud of your choice to begin that journey.
Director of Higher Education