Native Studies


to work effectively with and within tribal communities to establish mutually beneficial cross-cultural relationships.

Native studies offers a program of study grounding you in the fundamentals of the discipline and preparing you for the challenges that are unique to Native Peoples and Native Country. 


Native Studies: Bachelor of Arts
The program includes two optional specializations. Oceti Sakowin Oyate Studies (People of the Seven Council Fires, more commonly known as the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota people) and Lakota Language.

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Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Native studies program and the Department of English present this year's Native American Essay Competition. Answer an essay question to win prizes from $1,000-$2,000. Deadline is April 27 at 5 p.m.

  • This premier scholarship recognizes American Indian high school seniors who demonstrate strong academic potential. The full Ullyot Scholarship is valued at $20,000 over a four-year period. 

  • Tiospaye encourages Native and non-Native students to get involved in school activities. We support students in their academic pursuits, promote Native life on campus and diversify the student body by involving students, faculty, and community members of all walks of life.