Inside the NACC you can find Native Student Services (NSS), which provides student support services and culturally relevant programming throughout the year.
USD is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment, conducive to the exploration and discovery of diversity, because we recognize that such an environment is an essential part of the teaching and learning process. We are committed to creating opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administration to experience a variety of perspectives to prepare them for living and working in a world where everyone belongs.
Student Resources & Opportunities
- Cultural gatherings
- Leadership development
- Academic support
Students enjoy the homelike environment and study space at the Native American Cultural Center. The NACC provides a culturally-enriching environment where students can access meeting rooms, computer lab, Lakota language lab as well as engage in social activities such as drum group practice, Sundance meetings.
USD faculty, staff, students and community have access to:
- Full kitchen
- Lounge area
- Study area
We offer exemptions to Native American students for the use of sacred medicines in personal prayer in University Housing.
Living Learning Community
The Wiyuskinyan Unpi Tipi – which translates from Lakota to “they are living contently” – is a community dedicated to Native American or Indigenous students and/or Native American studies majors and minors. The community is designed to provide students with a supportive community that centers Native American/Indigenous perspectives, cultures and histories. In this Living Learning Community, you'll have the opportunity to participate in cultural and traditional workshops focusing on important conversations about cultural preservation, tribal sovereignty, language revitalization and the betterment of Native nations.
The Wiyuskinyan Unpi Tipi is located in North Complex. For more information, please contact Native Student Services at NSS@usd.edu.