Native American Studies (NAS) at Sitting Bull College is an interdisciplinary program that engages with Native American life through history, the social sciences, cultural studies, and philosophy. With a focus on Ochéthi Šakówin language and culture, the Native American Studies Division seeks to develop student understanding of traditional and contemporary Native life and aims to prepare students for the current challenges that are unique to Native peoples. Therefore, in addition to courses in language and culture, Native American Studies offers courses in indigenous language loss and language revitalization, federal Indian policy, tribal governance, methods in indigenous research, and other relevant topics.
The institutional mission of Sitting Bull College reads as follows: “Guided by Lakota/Dakota culture, values, and language, Sitting Bull College is committed to building intellectual capital through academic, career and technical education, and promoting economic and social development.” The Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies helps fulfill Sitting Bull College’s institutional mission by helping students not only learn and understand Ochéthi Šakówi? culture, values and language, but also by helping students apply such knowledge as a means of overcoming the challenges that our communities face today.
- Students will read, write, understand, and speak the Ochethi Sakowin language proficiently both in and outside the classroom.
- Students will identify the challenges that Native people face today through effective oral and written communication.
- Students will demonstrate knowledge of Ochethi Sakowin history, institutions, values, by applying such teachings in personal, public and academic situations.
A degree in Native American Studies is designed for anyone interested in the cultural heritage and history of Native American people and anyone working with or for Native American people. Potential employers include a variety of tribal programs, the Indian Health Service, and in particular schools (in both primary and secondary education). .