Cynthia Lindquist, Cankdeska Cikana Community College President, To Receive UND Alumni Award

Cynthia Lindquist

University of North Dakota alumna and president of Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Cynthia Lindquist, ’81, ’06, is being honored with an alumni achievement award her alma mater. The celebration is set for 6 p.m., Thursday, at Eagles Crest Grill in Grand Forks.

The award is being given by the Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Development.  To attend or send a note of congratulations, please contact Jena Pierce, director of Alumni Relations and Development at 701.777.0844, or e-mail to

“Dr. Lindquist has done so much for the Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Mni Wakan Oyate (Spirit Lake People), and American Indian educators and students that the Educational Leadership faculty, students and others wanted to honor her achievements, said Dr. Sherryl Houdek, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership.

Lindquist earned her bachelor’s degree in Indian Studies and English at the University of North Dakota in 1981 and a master’s degree in public administration (Indian health systems emphasis) at the University of South Dakota in 1988. As a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, she earned a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota in 2006.  She began responsibilities as President of Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College in October 2003, which serves the Spirit Lake Dakota community and is her home reservation.

Lindquist is an adjunct faculty member in Community Medicine & Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.  She is a founding member of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center, a nonprofit advocacy organization. Lindquist served as member of the Council of Public Representatives (COPR), an advisory council to the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and is a former executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission.  She also was her Tribe’s health director/planner from 1981-1987.

“Cynthia’s dedication to Indian education was evident while she completed her UND degree,” continued Houdek, “and she continues to be an exceptional educational leader in the Spirit Lake Community, the state of North Dakota, and the nation.  Cynthia’s vibrant personality, sensitivity, intelligence, and integrity — encourage and engage those around her! We are so proud of her.”

She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Indian College Fund which is the scholarship fund raising organization for tribal colleges and universities.  Dr. Lindquist was elected to a four year term on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools beginning fall 2008.

The UND College of Education and Human Development has more than 1,700 undergraduate and graduate students in six departments including Counseling Psychology and Community Services; Educational Foundations and Research; Educational Leadership; Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness; Social Work; and Teaching and Learning. The mission is fostering healthy human development and learning across the lifespan.

For more information please contact please contact Jena Pierce, Director of Alumni Relations and Development at (701) 777-0844 or e-mail