Oglala Lakota College

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Oglala Lakota College
Motto Rebuilding the Lakota Nation through Education
Established 1971
Type Tribal College
President Thomas Shortbull
Principal Thomas Shortbull
Students 1,400
Undergraduates vocational and academic degrees.
Postgraduates available
Location PO Box 490 Kyle, South Dakota, South Dakota, USA 57752
Campus urban/suburban reserve on the Pine Ridge Reservation
Website official site

Oglala Lakota College is an accredited tribal college. OLC has 1,456 students enrolled part- and full-time. OLC serves the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which has a population of about 26,000 and covers 3,468 square miles in southwestern South Dakota. The OLC address is 3 Mile Creek Road, P.O. Box 490, Kyle, South Dakota 57752.[1]


OLC is chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council in 1971.[1]


OLC is governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees.

Mission & Vision[edit]

The OLC mission is:

  • to produce graduates who demonstrate excellence in their chosen areas of study and fields of endeavor, and
  • to enhance life for the Oglala Lakota Oyate.[1]


OLC has a decentralized campus system. There are OLC instructional centers in each of the nine districts across Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There are college instructional centers in Rapid City and on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.[1]


From its initial status as a community college, Oglala Lakota has grown to now offer Baccalaureate degrees and a Master’s degree in Lakota Leadership along with certificates and A.A. degrees. OLC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Accrediting Agency to offer degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. Education graduates are certified by the South Dakota Division of Education to teach in K-12 elementary systems and to serve in school administrative capacities. OLC nursing graduates are certified by the South Dakota State Board of Nursing and eligible to sit for the registered nurse examination. The social work program is accredited at the bachelor’s degree level.[1]


OLC is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), which is a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. OLC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. OLC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.[1]

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Coordinates: 43°21′58″N 102°14′28″W / 43.366°N 102.241°W / 43.366; -102.241