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Academic Calendar

Here is the Calendar of events for OLC.

  • April 3rd 2017
    • 9:00am: Chairs Mtg.
  • April 7th 2017
    • 10:00am: All Staff Meeting
  • April 14th 2017
    • East Holiday - Good Friday
  • April 17th 2017
    • Application to Graduate Program Due
    • Registration Begins for Fall 2017
  • April 21st 2017
    • 10:00am: Piya Wiconi Okolakiciye Mgt.
  • April 28th 2017
    • 9:00am: Research Symposium
  • May 1st 2017
    • 9:00am: Chairs Mtg.
  • May 5th 2017
    • Classes End
    • 10:00am: All Staff Meeting

Bison

Bison (LINK 1.2)
Title: Defining Optimal Bison Herd Health Management Practices Based on Determination of Nutritional, Genetic and Behavioral Variables in the Oglala Sioux Tribal Bison Herd.

  • The Oglala Sioux Tribe has maintained a Bison herd since the 1930s.  In recent years the calving rate of the 800 head herd has been below 50%.  Oglala Lakota College (OLC), in collaboration with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Black Hills State University (BHSU), proposes to study the nutrition, behavior, and genetic integrity of the herd in order to better manage the herd's reproduction.  The proposed study builds on a current research characterizing reproductive diseases in the herd and expands the Tribe's holistic approach to maintaining the herd's reproductive success.  The first objective will be to characterize herd nutrition and reproductive efficiency.  The second objective will be to characterize the genetic integrity of the herd through DNA testing.  The third objective will be to characterize the relationship between birth-date and subsequent reproductive performance of adult bison.  The proposed study will help the Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority (OSPRA) and other regional bison producers to improve birth rates in their herds.  OLC undergraduate and graduate students, guided by faculty from the collaborating universities, will actively participate in sample collection, data analyses, interpretation of results, and the development of conclusions.  They will help disseminate results through local, regional, and national conferences and symposia.  These results of this research will be broadly applicable to other Bison herds on the semi-arid Great Plains and could be easily replicated by other tribal colleges.
  • Collaboration:
    • Oglala Sioux Parks and Recreation Authority (OSPRA)
    • Black Hills State University (BHSU)
    • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL)


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