Dakota Studies

The Associate of Arts in Dakota Studies provides core courses that introduce students to Dakota culture, language, values, history, and sovereignty. An emphasis is given to the unique sovereign status of tribal nations with a focus on the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation as a treaty tribe. The Associate of Arts in Dakota Studies is intended for transfer to a four-year baccalaureate granting institution. Those wishing to transfer to a baccalaureate granting institution to pursue a degree in Native Studies or other fields are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor and coordinate their coursework at Cankdeska Cikana Community College with the requirements of the transfer institution and department. A grade of C or better is required in all transfer courses.

Program Outcomes:

• Students will demonstrate an understanding of dual citizenship.
• Students will differentiate between oral civilization and colonized civilization.
• Students will demonstrate an understanding of the SLTs sovereign status.
• Students will demonstrate an understanding that the Dakota language is an inherent part of their Tribal citizen status.
• Students will demonstrate proper Dakota pronunciation.

Program Characteristics

The Associate of Arts degree in Dakota Studies provides core courses that introduce students to Native culture, history, language and values while increasing understanding of the unique political status, rights, and responsibilities of tribal nations. The emphasis is on providing students with a broad and realistic understanding of issues that impact Native communities and people. The student will have completed an intensive study of the Dakota people and other Native Nations from historical and contemporary perspectives at successful completion of the program.

Faculty

The Dakota Studies faculty are professionals who have been employed in the private and public sectors of tribal government and education. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for lifelong learning of the Dakota culture.

Vern Lambert
Lorraine Greybear

Vern Lambert
701-766-1325
vern.lambert@littlehoop.edu

Lorraine Greybear
701-766-1116
lorraine.greybear@littlehoop.edu

 

Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 100 Student Success FA,SP
1
ENGL 110 College Composition FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 120 College Composition II* FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 161 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU
3
  ND: ARTS  
3
  ND:HUMANITIES   3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP
3
DS 110 Dakota Thought, Philosophy, & Culture*** FA,SP,SU
3
HIST 261 American Indian History SP
3
  ND:SS  
3
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity   1
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers FA,SP
3
MATH 103 College Algebra** FA,SP,SU
3
SCIENCE/L ND:LABSC  
4
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
  TOTAL  
41
  *Prerequisite of ENGL 110 (College Composition I)  
  **Prerequisite of MATH 102 (Intermediate Algebra) or Appropriate Placement Test  
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  
     

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
IS 121 Introduction to Dakota Studies*** FA,SP,SU
3
NAT 215 Native Plant Identification and Use FA
3
ENGL 265 Introduction to Native American Literature FA
3
IS 255 Survey of Native American Arts FA
3
POLS 204 Federal Indian Law*** FA,SP,SU
3
DS 213 Tribal Government and Politics*** FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 162 Dakota Language II FA,SP,SU 3
DSL 209 Dakota Language III FA,SP 3
  TOTAL  
24
       
  ***Alternate Summer Rotation  

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....64

Dakota Studies Course Descriptions