Sicangu Lakota Educator Honored

Dr. Bordeaux’s family accompanied him in the honor song rendered by the Red Leaf Singers. Community members, students and staff stepped forward to acknowledge his accomplishments as TCSD Superintendent. Photo by Vi Waln.

Dr. Bordeaux’s family accompanied him in the honor song rendered by the Red Leaf Singers. Community members, students and staff stepped forward to acknowledge his accomplishments as TCSD Superintendent. Photo by Vi Waln.

PARMELEE, SD – The accomplishments of Dr. Roger Bordeaux, Superintendent of the Todd County School District, were acknowledged in a special honoring ceremony at the He Dog School 30th Annual Wacipi.

Dr. Bordeaux has served as Superintendent at Todd County since 2012. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe issued an Executive Proclamation naming May 1, 2015 as Dr. Roger Bordeaux Day on the Rosebud Reservation. Students, staff and community members came forward to shake his hand during an honor song rendered by the Red Leaf Singers at the Wacipi.

“He is the greatest Educator that Indian Country has,” stated Hawkeye Waln, who spoke on behalf of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Council.

Dr. Bordeaux has a lifetime of educational accomplishments. He carries the Lakota name. Wounspe Wawokiya Yuha Mani (Walks and Helps Others) as well as a Dakota name Wambdi Ob Mani (Walks With Eagles). His parents are the late Bo and Rose Bordeaux of St. Francis, SD.

Roger graduated from St. Francis Indian School in 1970. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts Degree in August 1974 at the University of South Dakota, where he majored in Mass Communication. He minored in Indian Studies and the Dakota Language. He completed a Master of Arts Degree in Education Administration in August 1988. And in August 1990 he completed his Doctor of Education Degree. He also holds a Secondary Certification from Black Hills State University as well as a School Improvement Specialist Certificate from the University of Nebraska.

Dr. Bordeaux has a very impressive resume. He has dedicated his educational career to Indian students in several capacities. He served as the Principal Advisor for the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He served on the American Association of School Administrator’s Rural School Study Group and the College Board’s Indian Education Issues Group. He provided testimony on behalf of Indian Education in front of various Committees of the United States Congress. He is a founding member of the Association of Contract Tribal Schools and the Dakota Association of Contract Tribal Schools.

Dr. Bordeaux holds numerous awards and recognition for his distinguished accomplishments in the field of Indian Education. He was named Administrator of the Year by the National Indian School Board Association. He received the Distinguished Service Award by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, as well as the Education Leadership Award by the Dakota Oyate Challenge.

Dr. Bordeaux has held professional memberships with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, American Association of School Administrators and the Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity. In the past, he has offered presentations on school reform, school administration, curriculum development, assessment and testing, school facilities, systemic reform, school correlates, student data and accreditation, as well as writing several scholarly articles on education.

Last month, Dr. Bordeaux was appointed to the Native American Student Achievement Advisory Council by Governor Daugaard. He is working with several other Indian educators to identify strategies to improve the achievement and graduation rates among Indian students in South Dakota. The Advisory Council will report their findings to the Governor in December 2015.

When his contract as TCSD Superintendent ends on June 30, Dr. Bordeaux plans to reside in Sisseton, SD and serve as an Educational Consultant.

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