Community Connections


In Honor of Edmund White Bear, Sr.
Kuu’ Nuxitwan’u (Bear Going Around)

Edmund White Bear, Sr. (March 31, 1942 - June 30, 2002) was a member of the Arikara Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. He was a social and political leader who dedicated his adult life to improving the future of Indian people by improving their access to a quality education.  In pursuit of that goal, he served on the White Shield School Board for 15 years, the North Dakota School Board Association, and provided years of support and guidance to the Fort Berthold Community College. Edmund was also a member of the Old Scouts Society. Edmund was a quiet man of deep conviction and focus. He was committed to his culture, his family, and his fellow tribal members.


The Edmund White Bear, Sr. Scholarship is given annually in honor of Edmund White Bear, Sr. and his family. The amount of the annual award is a need and merit-based scholarship of $1,500 per year, offered to first-, second-, or third-year Indian law students who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership qualities. Students must be enrolled members of any state, federal, or Canadian-recognized Indian tribe and attend an accredited law school in Minnesota. The scholarship may be awarded to the same applicant in subsequent years, provided the applicant has maintained a minimum of 3.0 (or equivalent) grade-point average during the previous scholarship year.

If you are interested in applying for the Edmund White Bear, Sr. Scholarship, please submit the following information between June 1 and September 30 to Joseph Halloran at:

  • Application form
  • Brief cover letter
  • Personal Statement of no more than two pages
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of most recent transcripts


William Mitchell’s Indian Law Program Available in Hybrid Online/On-Campus Format

Beginning January 2015, William Mitchell College of Law is offering an online/on campus hybrid J.D. program that includes intensive work in the school’s Indian Law program. The program is the first of its kind offered by an ABA-accredited law school. The part-time, eight-semester course is designed for people who want to become Indian Law attorneys, but want to live, work, or raise families in their own communities while they earn their degree. William Mitchell’s goal in creating this innovative program was to open the possibility of a legal education to smart, talented people who happen to be geographically far from the law school.

The program is a combination of online and in-person course work. First semester begins with three days of classes at the William Mitchell campus in Saint Paul. Students meet their professors and classmates and build a foundation for the work ahead. They then return home to complete 11 to 12 weeks of online coursework.

Some of the classes are live online lectures that occur at a set time. Other classes are pre-recorded, allowing students to study at a time that’s convenient for them. All classes have an interactive component that enables students to ask questions and interact with their peers. Each semester ends with a week of on-campus training in writing, negotiating, counseling, and trial skills.

The program is structured to lay a strong foundation of core curriculum basics during the first and second semester. Subsequent semesters focus on litigation, transactions, and public law. Each semester culminates in a capstone week of skills training on campus. Students also complete externships during two of the eight semesters, gaining real-world experience by working under the guidance of legal professionals in their communities.

William Mitchell offers a variety of scholarships, including North Star Scholarships and Native Justice Scholarships. The Financial Aid Office is also available to help with tuition assistance planning. Contact them at or 651-290-6403.

For more information about the Hybrid Indian Law Program:
Phone: 651-290-6476
In person: William Mitchell College of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105