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USD Native American Law Students Association Wins National Award

Student Tsyoslake House Named Second-Year Law Student of the Year

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Native American Law Student Association at the University of South Dakota was named Chapter of the Year at the 40th annual Indian Law Conference sponsored by the Federal Bar Convention. USD law student Tsyoslake House was honored as 2L of the Year, the top award for second-year law students.

The awards are presented annually at the Indian Law Conference. The Native American Law Student Association chapter at USD previously won the Chapter of the Year award in 2008.

“I was humbled and honored that our chapter won this award,” said Kyle Chase, second-year law student and president of the USD NALSA Chapter. “There are many NALSA chapters in various law schools across the nation so to be recognized for our efforts at a national level was very special.

“The NALSA membership has worked really hard to bring attention to Native American Issues, assist in legal aid on the SD reservations, and promote the education of our members” Chase said. “This recognition puts the spotlight on South Dakota and our law school. It also signifies all of our accomplishments, and I look forward to see this continue next year.”

The National Native American Law Students Association was founded in 1970 to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance, and to support Native Americans in law school. It strives to reach out to Native communities and encourage Native people to pursue legal education. It also strives to educate the legal community about Native issues.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


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 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson 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 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News