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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.

Native American Cultural Center

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.

Cultural and Academic Programs

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

  • Cultural gatherings
  • Leadership development
  • Academic support

Student Organizations


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


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

View Scholarship Opportunities


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

Complete Dorm Fire Exemption Form

Hours of Operation
Semester Hours
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Noon - 5 p.m.

Contact Us

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


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