Ogimaawi Leadership

Associate of Arts: Ogimaawi Leadership

The Associate of Arts Degree (AA) provides preparation for transfer to bachelor’s programs at Turtle Mountain Community College and other higher education institutions. Each AA provides sufficient professional courses to allow the student to transfer in particular fields of study and general education courses common to most bachelors’ requirements at most colleges. Students may seek approval to modify AA degree requirements to meet specific transfer requirements at other institutions.

Introducing the new Ogimaawi Leadership “To Become A Leader” AA Program

The Ogimaawi Leadership associate degree provides students with courses which emphasize the integration of traditional Anishinabe and Larger Society leadership skills to help students prepare for leadership positions on and off the reservation. Students who complete the associate’s degree will be able to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science degree in Leadership at TMCC and/or to apply for admission to bachelor’s degree programs at other higher education institutions.

Students will take courses that introduce leadership theories and techniques that are grounded in academic disciplines and reinforced by thorough learning in traditional leadership techniques. Students will have the opportunity to acquire skills in organizational leadership.

Joni Tillich

Phone: 701.477.7964

Ext: 1149

e-mail: jtillich@tm.edu

Office: Room 207


There are no special requirements for admission into this program. Please refer to the TMCC Admission section for future students.

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Program Outcomes:

  • Students will identify and develop personal strengths and weaknesses using a variety of leadership models.
  • Students will define what leadership means to them in a Native American community and global world.
  • Students will explain the TMBCI culture, origins, and traditions in an effort to teach and influence future generations.
  • Students will assess community needs resulting in strengthening the economic and social system, while addressing the poverty crisis.
  • Students will implement community service projects through civic engagement learning.
  • Students will support the next generation of leaders by mentoring or recruiting program participants.

Ogimaawi Leadership “To Become A Leader”

Associate of Arts Degree (AA)

Designed to provide students with the opportunity to acquire basic principles and skills in leadership involving non-traditional methods other than the classroom. The expectations are to understand the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians culture interwoven throughout the curriculum, while showing students there is more to our world by civic engagement.

The following curriculum is required for completion of the Ogimaawi Leadership Associate of Arts degree.

To see list of transferrable courses, please refer to the GERTA Matrix located within the TMCC Catalogue.

1. Communications – 9 Credits Required

  • ENGL 110 Composition I (3)
  • ENGL 120 Composition II (3)
  • COMM 110 Fund of Public Speaking (3)

2. Arts & Humanities – 12 Credits Required

  • LANG 125 Ojibwe I (3)


  • LANG 161 Conversational Language (3)


  • AHU 251 Multicultural Ethics (2)
  • AHU 256 Anishinabe Leadership (3)
  • ENG 265 Nat Amer Literature (3)
  • HUMM 190 Trad Use of Plants (3)

3. Social Sciences – 12 Credits Required

  • SOCI 270 Soc of AI Reservations (3)
  • POLS 115 American Government (3)
  • POLS 241 Indian Law (3)
  • POLS 287 Tribal Government (3)
  • SOCI 110 Intro to Sociology (3)

4. Health and Wellness – 2 Credits Required

  • HPER 108 Traditional Dance (2)

5. Math and Science – 10 Credits Required

  • MATH 111 Algebra I (3)


  • MATH 112 Algebra II (3)


  • MATH 103 College Algebra (4)


  • GEOL 101 Environmental Geology (4)


  • BIOL 124 Environmental Science (4)

6. Technology – 3 Credits Required

  • CSCI 101 Intro to Computers (3)

7. SOCI 105 – First Year Experience – (3)

Required of all First–Time, Freshmen Students Entering TMCC

8. SOCI 120 Transitions – Graduation &

Beyond – (2) Required student completes this seminar

the semester he/she is expect to graduate.

9. Required Core Courses – 9 Credits Required

  • BADM 215 Leadership Development (3)
  • HIST 296 TM Band of Chipp Indians (3)
  • LEAD 220 Internship in Leadership (3)

10. Electives – 6 credits Required

  •  COMM 212 Interpersonal Communications (3)
  • ECON 110 Elem of Econ / Tribal Econ Dev (3)
  • LEAD 180 Leadership Theory & Concepts (3)
  • PHIL 102 Anishinabe Worldview Nanda-Nibwaakaawin (3)
  • LEAD 235 Cultural & Tribal Sovereignty (3)
  • SOCI 271 Contemporary Indian Issues (3)