David M. Gipp is an enrolled Hunkpapa Lakota of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe located in North Dakota & South Dakota. He was the past director, president and chancellor of the United Tribes Technical College for over 37 years (May 2, 1977 – September 19, 2014). He remains President Emeritus. He was educated at the University of North Dakota (1969) & holds a Doctorate in Laws, Honoris Causa, from the North Dakota State University (1992) for his contributions in developing policy & law in Tribally Controlled Higher Education. His principal work since 1972 has been in the development of Tribally Controlled Colleges & Universities. He is the former, first permanent executive director of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (October 1, 1973 – April 29, 1977), a founder and past chair of the American Indian College Fund. He is also a member of the Harvard Honoring Nations Board of Governors, council member on the Secretary of Labor’s National Native American Education & Training Council, and on the board to the Native Nations International Advisory Council, University of Arizona. He is a past board member & Educator of the Year, National Indian Education Association, & past Great Plains Vice President to the National Congress of American Indians & serves on numerous other boards.