The Native American Studies 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.
Our faculty and students interact with and conduct research for Native governments, Native-based community organizations and other organizations that serve Native Country. These experiences will help you become a communicator and leader who is prepared to bring people together and understand others' needs in our multicultural world.
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.