"Mitakuye Oyasin"
We are all related.
-- Lakota proverb


Research Partners

Black Hills State University, located in Spearfish, South Dakota, was founded in 1884 and is a public liberal arts institution. Programs of study are offered in liberal arts and sciences, business and technology, and education. BHSU offers a major in American Indian Studies, leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree, a general minor in American Indian Studies, a minor in American Indian Studies-Teaching, and an American Indian Studies Minor-Communications. The University offers programs in Health Administration and Entrepreneurship within the School of Business and Technology, and a Wellness Management program within the School of Education. The Wellness Management Program focuses on Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, and Health Self-Management Education programs. In addition, the Center for Indian Studies was established at BHSU by Act of the South Dakota Legislature in 1996. The Center for Indian Studies provides support and assistance to American Indian students and includes emphasis on American Indian culture and history and Tribal economic development strategies. Black Hills State University has the highest proportion of American Indian students of any South Dakota State institution of higher learning, drawing students from South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. It also has established working relationships with a number of Tribal Colleges in these three States.

Sundance Research Institute and Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD, have entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to share resources and collaboratively work together to develop a joint research program focused on regional health, education, and economic development.

Sundance Research Institute staff members are research affiliates at Black Hills State University and a Sundance Research Institute office is located on-campus. This affiliation provides Sundance Research Institute with library, videoconferencing, and IRB services on campus.

For additional information, contact Sharon Hemmingson, Director of Sponsored Programs and Grants Management, (sharonhemmingson@bhsu.edu).