Commit to inclusive excellence.
Achieve Academic Success
The NACC provides assistance to support you.
Make long-lasting connections in a welcoming community.
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
- Native student organizations at USD: Tiospaye, Nations, AISES and others
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.
We offer exemptions to Native American students for the use of sacred medicines in personal prayer in University Housing.
|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|