SDSU Plans A New American Indian Student Center

South Dakota State University announces plans to build a new American Indian Student Center as part of the new “Wokini Initiative.”

That means “new beginning” and the program is designed to boost native american enrollment and success.

They’re using revenue generated by land that’s part of the south dakota permanent trust fund as base funding. SDSU President Barry Dunn yesterday afternoon announced additional support…

Another $100,000 will go towards scholarships for South Dakota Native American students. The funding comes from an anonymous donor.

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard says the new student center will be a tremendous addition to SDSU. The Governor imagined how difficult it must be for new Native American students…

SDSU student Marisa Hare from Flandreau says a new, permanent center will benefit Native American students…

The Native American graduation rate at the university is currently only 20-percent.