Dr. Cynthia Lindquist was recruited by elders and became President of Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College (CCCC) in October 2003. CCCC is one of 37 tribal colleges and universities in the United States with all having a core mission of teaching and perpetuating a respective indigenous culture and language. CCCC serves the Spirit Lake Dakota community located primarily in Benson County, North Dakota.
As a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, Dr. Lindquist earned a PhD in educational leadership in 2006 from the University of North Dakota. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with an emphasis on tribal health systems from the University of South Dakota (1988) and a bachelor’s in Indian Studies/English from the University of North Dakota (1981).
Dr. Lindquist currently serves on the Executive Committee, Board of Directors for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the advocacy organization for the 37 tribal colleges and universities. She is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Network Executive Council that focuses on advancing women in higher education administrative careers. Dr. Lindquist recently served on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, the largest institutional accrediting body in the United States. She also served on the Council of Public Representatives, an advisory body to the Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Lindquist serves as an advisor to the National Library of Medicine, NIH and is a founding member of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center that is based in Oklahoma. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Indian College Fund.
Dr. Lindquist has held significant positions at the national, state, and tribal levels of government and has a rich background with diverse professional experience.
Counties served (figures taken from 2012 census): Rolette County, population 14,347; Towner County, population 2,331; Benson County, population 6,765; Eddy County, population 2,374; Cavalier County, population 3,950; Ramsey County, population 11,544
1600 East Century Avenue, Suite 6
Bismarck, ND 58503-0649
(701) 328-7595 (Fax)
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