In 2020, SDSU opened the 12,400-square-foot American Indian Student Center, which provides a "home away from home" environment and cultural activities. The $4.5 million facility provides student support services, technology resources, office space and meeting rooms.
The center is a place where students can attend class, complete homework and participate in tutoring sessions, social and cultural programs or just relax. Artwork reflecting Native American culture is on display in the atrium.
There is a drum room where the Seven Council Fires are represented. Students can learn songs and more about the culture of the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people.
In the lounge area students can watch TV or cook in the kitchen. The second level has a study space for students that features natural light. An art room is located inside the facility where students can work with several different mediums, such as paints, fabric, clay and more.
The center is a standalone facility that exists to visibly acknowledge the university’s commitment to the American Indian higher education community. AISC staff members facilitate opportunities for academic and social support and provide cultural programming for American Indian undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Cultural programs include a Lakota language talking circle, beading and sewing circles and a men’s drum group—all promoting holistic learning and community building, while reducing feelings of alienation. The AISC also serves as an entry point for students to explore aspects of their heritage.
Physical Address:920 Campanile Ave
Brookings, SD 57007