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Indian Studies

School of Integrative Studies
American Indian Resource Center 218-755-3979


Mr. Kent Smith (Coordinator;

Areas of Study

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 Modern Languages 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. For more information contact the American Indian Resource Center, 218-755-2032.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Law Enforcement
Social Services
Tribal Government
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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