Our curriculum is grounded in a Native American studies foundation but draws from anthropology, art history, English, health sciences, history, Lakota language and psychology.

The program provides an intellectual environment where teaching and research are based on the priorities and knowledge of South Dakota's Native communities. Your experience is grounded within the fabric of South Dakota, the whole of North America and the global indigenous experience.

Native American studies promotes sound academic preparation in the classroom, but also expects its faculty and students to interact with and conduct research for Native governments, Native-based community organizations and other organizations that serve Native Country. Additionally, the program emphasizes the continued effort of the university to establish respectful partnerships with Native nations at the local, regional, national and international levels.