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Wizipan Leadership & Sustainability Certificate

Care of Community, Care of Environment, Care of Culture, and Care of Self

The Wizipan Leadership and Sustainability Program at The Indian University of North America® Crazy Horse Memorial®, Black Hills, SD is a unique partnership between The Indian University of North America®, the Crazy Horse Memorial® Foundation and South Dakota State University. This semester long, immersive, residential program allows students to earn a certificate through SDSU. Based on the Lakota term – Wachante Hecha Wizipan (The Heart of Everything that Is) – the Wizipan program uses experiential education, Indigenous narrative, language, culture, and kinship to land as its primary learning tools. This program finds connection between Indigenous land-based knowledge and sustainability. The certificate offers coursework in American Indian studies, Natural Resource Management, Global Food Systems, and Leadership. Courses will provide students with the skill sets needed to understand the potential of their leadership roles in their own communities. Students are encouraged to evaluate and understand the relationship of care of community (kinship and family), care of environment (land, food and sustenance), care of culture (language, narrative, ceremony), and care of self (trauma, mental, physical, spiritual health).

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are intrigued by exploring sustainable solutions for local, regional, and global environments
  • Express strong interest in the role of different leadership styles
  • Enjoy investigating interdisciplinary issues
  • Appreciate a wholistic view of food systems, conservation, and community health
  • Value intercultural communication skills

Career Opportunities

  • Natural Resource Management
  • Local Food Systems
  • Health and Wellness
  • Indigenous Policy and Leadership