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The Wokini Initiative is SDSU’s collaborative and holistic framework to support American Indian student success and Indigenous Nation-building. Ongoing collaboration between key campus and tribal stakeholders is central to the Wokini framework.  

The Initiative builds upon SDSU’s current tribal partnerships and American Indian Student Center services to enhance cultural programming and support for American Indian students; offer Wokini scholarships for students who are tribally enrolled or have descendancy through a federally recognized tribe in the United States including Alaskan Natives, and enhance research and outreach partnerships with tribes, tribal colleges and other tribal organizations. 

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SDSU student Lindsay Hammer dances during a presentation at the National Communication Association Annual Conference in November.

SDSU undergrads honor ‘place’ at national conference

A cohort of six South Dakota State University Indigenous undergraduate students honored “place” through a series of performances at the National Communication Association Annual Conference.

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Students receive top awards at 2022 AISES National Conference

South Dakota State University’s American Indian Science and Engineering Society student organization received three top national awards—the Advocacy Partner Service Award, the Recruitment and Retention Award, and the Chapter of the Year Award—at the annual AISES National Conference, held Oct.