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Indian Studies

Since time immemorial, American Indians have occupied the Upper Great Lakes area, including what is now known as the State of Minnesota. Tribes and Indian peoples currently residing on reservations and in rural and urban areas include Ojibwe, Dakota (Sioux), Menominee, Pottowatomie, Sac and Fox, Winnebago, Ottawa, Oneida, and members of other North American tribes.

The Indian Studies program is open to all students. It offers Ojibwe and other Indian students an academic area of study relevant to the diversity of their cultural heritage. It offers Indian and other students a better understanding and appreciation of the diversity of Indian history, language, and culture.

The Indian Studies major is designed to provide a cultural, political, and historical background for a companion major in a skills area (applied study major).

The Department of Languages and Ethnic Studies offers a minor in Ojibwe. Campus services available to Indian students include the American Indian Resource Center, the Council of Indian Students, Native Americans into Medicine, and an American Indian Science and Education Society chapter.

Career Directions

  • Education
  • Law Enforcement
  • Social Services
  • Tribal Government
  • Also: Graduate Study