Native American Studies Students Cap Year with Shakopee Visit

VERMILLION, S.D. – Freshman who met a variety of criteria established by the Native American Cultural Center capped off their school year with a trip to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Minnesota April 28-30.

To be eligible, students had to meet a GPA requirement, attend 50% of Native Student Service activities and remain in good standing with the university.

Donis Drappeau, assistant program coordinator at the Native American Healthcare Scholars Program, believes the trip is a good way to expose students to government officials, business leaders and community members.

“It’s a way for students to celebrate their success and continue to form relationships with their peers,” said Drappeau.

Students will have the chance to tour businesses in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, visit the Science Museum of Minnesota and enjoy the Mall of America.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News