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Page 6 The Star June 23, 2014 Dr. Leigh Jeanotte was recently honored North Dakota for his 40 years of service. University by the University of nors Jeanotte ,ears of service By Logan Davis For The Star For some people, a year can be a long time working at a job; but when someone enjoys their work, the years fly by. That is what has happened to Dr. Leigh Jeanotte during the last four decades at the University of North Dakota. The well-respected profes- sional has been an advocate of educa- tion for Native Americans even before he began his long tenure at UND. Dr. Jeanotte was recently honored for his 40 years of quality work at the major university by UND President Dr. Robert Kelley and the university administration. Dr. Jeanotte, a member of the Tur- tle Mountain Band of Chippewa, was also recognized last year as a distin- guished alumnus for the UND De- partment of Leadership. Jeanotte has served as the director of American Indian Student Services. For 40 years, he has been totally im- mersed in helping every Native American student who attends UND make it to graduation. As one of the strongest advocates to improving and promoting American Indian educa- tion, he has spent his entire career working to increase the number of American Indian students success- fully pursuing and earning higher ed- ucation degrees. UND President Robert Kelley stated that Dr. Jeanotte has played a key role in working with many stu- dents, both Native and non-Native students, and developing American Indian related programs, such as American Indian Student Services and the Department of Indian Studies. President Kelley called Jeanotte "a shining example of who we want working at this university." Jeanotte completed his education at UND, earning a doctorate in edu- cational administration in 1981, a master's degree in school administra- tion in 1974, and a bachelor's degree in elementary education in 1972. In his position, he promotes the de- velopment and implementation of a wide variety of programs designed to positively impact the retention rates of native students pursuing higher ed- ucation and degrees. "Not only is Leigh one of our graduates," said Sherryl Houdek, as- sociate professor and chair in the de- partment, "he is a strong supporter of our program. Because of his com- mitment, there are more principals and superintendents in schools on the reservations." In 2006, Jeanotte supported the "Principal Leadership for American Indians in Native Schools" grant that resulted in 15 students coming to UND's Department of Educational Leadership to prepare for the princi- palships and complete a master's de- gree. The grant was a collaboration with United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. The students were sup- ported through the UND American Indian Student Center, with great en- couragement from Jeanotte. A direct result of Jeanotte's com- mitment to students has been the in- creased number of Native American students who have had and continue to have success at UND. The trend is ever increasing, with more Native American students from many differ- ent tribes across the country graduat- ing with bachelor's, master's, doctorate and professional degrees in a wide array of disciplines. Jeanotte advocates for American Indian students, promotes programs that assist students with all aspects of their University experience, advises the University administration con- cerning campus climate and cultural sensitivity, chairs American Indian Related Programs meetings, mentors the UND Indian Association student organization (UNDIA) and main- tains relationships with the American Indian tribes and tribal colleges of the region. He has contributed to nu- merous grants designed to serve American Indian students and help them meet the needs of the state's tribal communities. He also has served as a grant evaluator for sev- eral grants administered at the tribal schools of the region. Kristy (Parisien) Zaste works for the Turtle Mountain Tribe currently, but up until a year ago spent a lot of time working for Dr. Jeanotte at UND. Zaste witnessed firsthand of how dedicated her former boss was every day he went to work. "I worked with Leigh for several years and I can say he is one of the strongest leaders and proponents in Indian Country. He leads by example and always puts others before him- self. He is an inspiration to any young professional who could only dream of leaving their mark on the world as he has done. It is an honor to know him and call him not only a colleague, but a friend." Dr. Jeanotte continues to place a very high value on the Turtle Moun- tain Community College in Belcourt. He serves faithfully on the TMCC Board of Directors and according to Dr. Jim Davis, TMCC President, the commitment Dr. Jeanotte brings to the TMCC board shows in his con- tributions and solid decision-making abilities. Public health office promotes smoke-free apartment living According to recent studies, sec- ondhand smoke in apartments can travel through ventilation systems, pipes, electrical outlets and even walls. That's why Rolette County Public Health and the North Dakota Center for Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy (the Center) are work- ing to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke in apartments. The dangers of secondhand smoke are well documented, and the 2006 Surgeon General's Report con- cludes that separating smokers from nonsmokers, air cleaning technolo- gies and ventilating buildings does not eliminate secondhand smoke from an environment. That means that nonsmokers living in apartment buildings that allow smoking are ex- posed to toxins, gases and particles found in secondhand smoke. Those particularly vulnerable to second- hand smoke include children, elderly and people with chronic health con- ditions. A 2012 report conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Pre- vention Office on Smoking and Health documents that many multiu- nit housing residents are still exposed to secondhand smoke. "The report shows that in North Dakota, 24 percent of residents live in apartments and many of them con- tinue to be exposed to secondhand smoke," said Jeanne Prom, executive recent year for which data is avail- director with the Center. able). Those fires caused 490 deaths, A growing body of evidence sug- 1,370 injuries and $516 million in gests that even after secondhand property damage. The U.S. Fire Ad- smoke has dissipated, its dangerous ministration also points out that 67 effects remain. Within minutes to percent of smoking-related fires in hours of being exhaled, secondhand residential buildings occurred be- smoke is absorbed into walls, floors, cause of abandoned or discarded carpet and other household surfaces, smoking materials. The residue left behind, known as "It's important for people to be thirdhand smoke, creates negative aware of the risks of living in apart- health effects for years and becomes ment buildings where smoking is more toxic over time. permitted," said Judy Martinson with June is Fire Safety Month, so Ro- Rolette County Public Health lette County Public Health is also re- "Whether someone smokes or not, minding people that smoking creates they are Still exposed to all the effects fire dangers for everyone living in of secondhand and thirdhand smoke, multi-unit housing, in addition to the and the increased fire risk, if their health risks. According to the Na- building allows smoking." tional Fire Protection Association, North Dakotans recognize the 17,600 smoking-related home struc- ture fires occurred in 2011 (the most sign up Conservation Reserve Program participants with general signup con- tracts that are scheduled to expire on September 30, 2014 may be able to extend all or part of their contract acreage for an additional year at the same payment rate as the existing contract. North Dakota Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Aaron Krauter encourages producers to contact their local FSA office to get more information about the ex- tension. "There is no general signup scheduled for the 2014 fiscal year, so producers that want to keep those acres in CRP are encouraged to look at extending their contracts," Krauter said. The signup period for the 1-year extension ends August 8, 2014. 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Anyone interested in learning more about smoke-free apartment housing is encouraged to contact Ro- lette County Public Health. For more information about secondhand smoke risks in apartments, or if you are a landlord or tenant and are inter- ested in learning how to make your building smoke free, go to www.smokefreehousingnd.com. /08/dangers-of-third-hand-smoke/. For all your concrete needs/ Grain Bin Floors Garage Sidewalk Footings Walls Pole Barn Floors Contact Pat at 701-550-2792 In North Dakota, we protect most of our workers from secondhand smoke. But bars are exempt from secondhand smoke laws. Many bar employees and their customers are exposed to smoky, toxic air filled with poisons and carcinogens. There's no safe level of exposure. But there's no protection for these employees. All workers, including those in bars, have the right to be protected from secondhand smoke. 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