Collecting Coats


Averi Haugesag

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College of Business & Public Administration


UND accounting class collects winter garments for Spirit Lake Reservation.

As temperatures decrease, the need for winter clothing on the Spirit Lake Reservation increases. A study by Cankdeska Cikana Community College titled, “Spirit Lake Nation Comprehensive Community Assessment 2015,” found 24 percent of participants reported a household of income of less than $5,000; 56 percent under $20,000 —making it difficult to afford winter clothing necessities.

A class at the University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration taught by Adjunct Professor, Michael Hendrickson in the Department of Accountancy, collected 722 coats and other winter gear throughout September and October for donation. This is the fourth year Hendrickson’s class has collected winter garments for those in need.

“The idea is to collect coats for people who need them,” said Hendrickson, “Especially our American Indian brothers and sisters.”

In 2015, Hendrickson’s class collected over 600 winter clothing items. They divided up the garments up between Spirit Lake Reservation (N.D.) and Pine Ridge Reservation (S.D.). This year, the class decided to only donate to Spirit Lake. “It’s close and we have students from Devils Lake. There’s more of a connection there,” said Hendrickson.

Hendrickson says he plans on having the class collecting winter gear for donation again next year.