The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College will provide Quality Cultural, Academic, and Vocational Education and Services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.

2016-2021 Strategic Plan


Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College A dynamic presence that preserves our past And prepares us for the future


The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College’s values are illustrated through the earth lodge, which is the common home to the Nueta, Hidatsa, and Sahnish people. Unity, being the key value, is located in the center (fire pit), which the rest of the values build around.  Spirituality, People, Culture, and Future are the four domains represented by the four main posts. The outer twelve posts represent values within each of the four domains.

NHSC Earthlodge Values Model (pdf)

NHSC Values Diagram (pdf.)


We believe that Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College seeks to:

Enhance the quality of life for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation:  

  • Offers opportunities for improvement of our economic well-being and quality of life.
  • Initiates and implements new or innovative ideas for the benefit of the Tribe, including leadership and training.

Build a positive strong identity of the Three Affiliated Tribes

  • A builder of people and communities of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
  • Integrates Three Affiliated Tribes culture, traditions and language, in all academic and social activities empowering the people.
  • A place where all people come first for their educational needs.

Insure development of global citizenship by providing necessary training and leadership

  • Utilize the art of technology to deliver courses.
  • Prepare globally to address the impact of other cultures, economies, environments and actions.
  • Develop and utilize the existing resources for the further development of the staff/faculty and Board of Directors.

Develop a financially strong institution, which meets the needs of the students by providing a safe learning environment, which promotes diversity and relevant curriculum/programs.

  • Provide a caring and nurturing atmosphere, which meets the needs of all the students.
  • Utilize multiple teaching methods and techniques for a variety of learning styles.
  • Offer self-improvement opportunities while maintaining the culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
  • Select and develop a faculty who believe in the vision and mission of the College.
  • Provide continuous assessment of
    • Teaching methods
    • Curriculum
    • Community needs and trends to determine course and program offerings, recreation, sports, childcare, student housing.

Encourage the need to voice informed opinions to make positive change.

Become a leader among tribally controlled colleges, providing the highest quality of culture, academic, and student services.