Earth LodgeWhat Is Native American Studies?

A Bachelors/Associate of Arts Degree in Native American Studies focuses on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on the Plains Indians, particularly the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary and scholarly approach to Native American Studies from a Native perspective.  The comprehensive program
structure is designed to prepare students for employment within and outside their Native communities, to provide foundational courses for students continuing in Native American Studies or entering other disciplines, and to offer intellectually stimulating studies for student scholars and community members.

All Chiefs Society

This is an NHSC student/community organization dedicated to the preservation of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara culture, language, and history. The organization also provides leadership, education and research opportunities valuing our traditional way of life. The organization plans cultural events like hand games, powwows, colloquia, elder speakers to relay our oral tradition and more.

The All Chiefs Society is open to students, faculty, FBCC alumni, and Fort Berthold community members. As a student who plans on graduating with a Bachelors/Associate of Arts Degree in Native American Studies, you are expected (highly encouraged/unless otherwise excused) to attend all the meetings for this organization. As a NAS student, it will benefit you to be exposed to the different undertakings in which the All Chiefs Society is involved.

NAS Cultural Honors Society

This is an academic organization under the NAS Department, and is geared toward mentoring students who are willing to engage in rigorous scholarship. Major criteria for the selection of Cultural Honors Students include; being on the honor roll and showing potential to conduct research. The research-based program assist students in honing their research skills by conducting studies related to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara.

NHSC Science/Culture Camp

This summer camp is designed to spark interest in the high school students and help ease their transition to college level math, science and engineering studies. The philosophy of the program focuses on American Indian heritage and how science and technology have evolved from such practices. The program encourages respect for American Indian practices within the context of scientific methods and theories. This focus offers an even greater relevancy to students and faculty who participate. The goal of NATURE is to assist Native American students by helping build and create pathways for the students to pursue a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field

By combining the Science camp and the Culture camps, the students are introduced to cultural aspects of the science lessons.

Combining culture into the science activities is the goal of culture camp.

  • Participants are students entering grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year.
  • Both boys and girls attend the camp, and are required to fill out an application for the camp.
  • Fifty (50) students are selected to attend, and are assigned to a group of 10 students, with a camp counselor who accompanies them throughout the camp.

Sponsors include;

  • Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE)
  • North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR).
  • NHSC Science Department
  • NHSC NAS Department



Three Affiliated Tribes

ND Indian Education Association

Scholarship Booklet