At the Native American Cultural Center (NACC), you'll find a home that provides a culturally relevant environment for Native American students and others interested in Native American cultures. The NACC also houses Native Student Services (NSS), which provides student support services and culturally relevant programming throughout the year.

The University of South Dakota is located on the ancestral territory of the Oceti Sakowin, meaning Seven Council Fires which is the proper name for the people commonly called Sioux. The tribal alliance, made up of individual bands, of the Seven Council Fires is based on kinship, location and dialects: Santee-Dakota, Yankton-Nakota and Teton-Lakota. The seven tribes now occupy nine reservations in South Dakota: Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Yankton Sioux Tribe. It is with profound respect that we acknowledge the indigenous peoples of this land.

Cultural and Academic Programs

NSS offers a variety of cultural and academic opportunities for students, including:

  • Cultural gatherings
  • Leadership development
  • Academic support

Summer Program

The Indian University of North America began with the Summer Program, which is one piece of the greater vision. The Summer Program is a partnership between Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation and the University of South Dakota. Applicants that are accepted into the program receive a full tuition scholarship. This summer program offers students the ability to earn transferable college credits, paid internships and scholarship opportunities.

Learn more about the Summer Program

Student Organizations

Facilities

Students enjoy the homelike environment and study space at the NACC. USD faculty, staff, students and community have access to: 

  • Full kitchen
  • Lounge area
  • Study area
  • Computer lab

Scholarships

The University of South Dakota offers scholarships specifically for Native American students in several areas of study.

View Scholarship Opportunities

Housing

We offer exemptions to Native American students for the use of sacred medicines in personal prayer in University Housing.  

Complete Dorm Fire Exemption Form

University of South Dakota Diversity Plan Vision Statement

The University of South Dakota is an institution where everyone belongs. All members of the University community are encouraged and empowered to explore and develop their uniqueness while learning to recognize and appreciate our interrelatedness. 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. Furthermore, at USD we recognize our leadership responsibility to the rich and unique heritage of our state and that we have a special responsibility to provide opportunities for American Indian people. 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.

Hours of Operation
Semester Hours Summer Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 11 p.m. 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. Closed

Name Department & Office Contact
Marisa Cummings
  • Director Native American Student Services
STUDENT SERVICES
Native American Center 102
Donis Drappeau
  • Assistant Program Coordinator
BASIC BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
Native American Center 104

Contact Us

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Native Student Services
Native American Cultural Center
409 E. Clark St.
Vermillion SD 57069

Office:605-677-5426
Fax:605-677-5426

nss@usd.edu

usd.edu/nss

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