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American Indian Student Center

Each year, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students choose to attend South Dakota State University (SDSU) to pursue their college education. In support of this journey, the American Indian Student Center (AISC) staff serve as student advocates and includes faculty and staff who understand the distinctiveness of the matriculation, transition, persistence and graduation of AI/AN college students.The AISC offers personalized support for prospective and current students that focuses on areas, such as (but not limited to):

  • Retention Advisement
  • Advocacy
  • Social, Cultural and Academic Programming
  • Organizational Student Leadership Development
  • Community and Professional Referrals
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Enrollment and Registration Assistance

The AISC engages with students to address:

  • Being the first. How do I navigate college life when I am the first in my family to do so?
  • Being a source of knowledge. What are the strengths I bring to my college experience as an AI/AN student at SDSU and why is it important to acknowledge this?
  • Being accountable. How do I remain motivated and nurture my ability to positively affect the outcome of my educational experience at SDSU?
  • Becoming a change agent. What is my responsibility in making meaning of how I apply my educational experience to create positive change?

Not every University offers the space and supportive services for AI/AN students. Therefore, students are encouraged to stop by the AISC and experience the student-centered educational resources offered here, as a gateway toward their collegiate success.



AISC 2016-2017 Program Calendar

View our program calendar for more information on our events and guest speakers.

Student Profiles

Alaina Hanks


Read more about Alaina Hanks, a graduate student working with University College, shares her college story when working with students.

Armando Hernandez


Read more about SDSU researchers investigating how Native American students view engineering.

Brookings Community Resource Guide

Additional Resources

 The Brookings Relocation Guide is a great resource for families that are searching for housing, daycare providers, medical providers, or school and sports activities. In addition to that information, the AISC compiled a list of information regarding Community Services