Indigenous Studies

Dakota Studies Program

The Associate of Arts in Indigneous Studies provides core courses that introduce students to Dakota culture, language, values, history, and sovereignty. An emphasis is given to the unique sovereign status of tribal nations with a focus on the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation as a treaty tribe. The Associate of Arts in Indigenous Studies is intended for transfer to a four-year baccalaureate granting institution. Those wishing to transfer to a baccalaureate granting institution to pursue a degree in Native Studies or other fields are strongly encouraged to check with their advisor and coordinate their coursework at Cankdeska Cikana Community College with the requirements of the transfer institution and department. A grade of C or better is required in all transfer courses.

Program Outcomes:

• Students will differentiate between oral civilization and colonized civilization.
• Students will demonstrate proficiency in Dakota language.
• Students will demonstrate competency in Dakota language through technological literacy.
• Students will demonstrate key values of CCCC through Dakota sovereign status.

Program Characteristics

The Associate of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies provides core courses that introduce students to Native culture, history, language and values while increasing understanding of the unique political status, rights, and responsibilities of tribal nations. The emphasis is on providing students with a broad and realistic understanding of issues that impact Native communities and people. The student will have completed an intensive study of the Dakota people and other Native Nations from historical and contemporary perspectives at successful completion of the program.

Faculty

The Indigenous Studies faculty are professionals who have been employed in the private and public sectors of tribal government and education. They continue to participate in professional development and scholarly activity to enhance their knowledge and to serve as role models for lifelong learning of the Dakota culture.

Danielle Finn
Tanner Sager

Danielle Finn
Indigenous Studies Instructor
701-766-1131
danielle.finn@littlehoop.edu

Tanner Sager
Dakota Language Instructor
701-732-0810
tanner.sager@littlehoop.edu

Jenna Gillett
Marva Tollefson

Ken Hill
Dakota Language Instructor
701-766-1143
ken.hill@littlehoop.edu

Marva Tollefson
Dakota Language Instructor
701-766-1337
marva.tollefson@littlehoop.edu

 

 

 

Courses of Essential Studies

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
ENGL 100 Student Success FA,SP
1
ENGL 110 College Composition FA,SP,SU
3
ENGL 120 College Composition II* FA,SP,SU
3
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking FA,SP
3
  ND: FA or ND:HUM or ND:HIST  
3
  ND: FA or ND:HUM or ND:HIST   3
  ND:SS or ND:HIST  
3
HIST 261 American Indian History SP
3
HPER 217 Personal & Community Health FA,SP
2
HPER101-104 Physical Education Activity   1
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers FA,SP
3
  ND:MATH FA,SP,SU
3
SCIENCE/L ND:LABSC  
4
DS 110 Dakota Culture and History** FA,SP,SU 3
DSL 250 Dakota Language I FA,SP,SU 4
  TOTAL  
41
  *Prerequisite of ENGL 110 (College Composition I)  
  **Alternate Summer Rotation  
     
     

 

Core Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
DS 213 Tribal Government and Politics** FA,SP,SU 3
DSL 251 Dakota Language II FA,SP,SU
3
DS 285 Federal Indian Law and Policy FA,SP
3
IS 121 Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies** FA,SP,SU
3
  Program Electives  
9
  TOTAL  
21
       
  **Alternate Summer Rotation  

 

Program Classes

Course # Course Name Offered
Credits
DS 170 Native Americans and the Cinema SP,SU 3
DS 155 Survey of Native American Arts FA
3
DS 214 Tribal Administration SP
3
DS 265 Native American Literature SU
3
DSL 252 Dakota Language III FA,SP
3
DSL 253 Dakota Language IV FA,SP
3
DSL 254 Dakota Language Teaching Methodologies FA,SP
3
       
     

 

Degree Program Total Credits.....62