Sitting Bull College

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Sitting Bull College
Established 1973
Type tribal college
Affiliation Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Standing Rock reservation in south-central North Dakota
President Laurel Vermillion
Undergraduates available 2 & 4 year programs
Postgraduates not available
Location HC1, Box 4 Fort Yates., North Dakota., United States 58538
Campus Standing Rock reserve
Website Official site

Sitting Bull College is a tribal college in Fort Yates, North Dakota. It was founded in 1973 by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe of the Standing Rock reservation in south-central North Dakota. The Standing Rock Indian Reservation consists of a land base of 2.8 million acres in North Dakota and South Dakota. The SBC campuses are located in Fort Yates, ND and McLaughlin, SD. It is one of 34 tribally controlled colleges nationwide. Sitting Bull College serves as the primary educational institution on the Standing Rock Reservation.[1]


In 1973, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council chartered Standing Rock Community College. The College name was changed from Standing Rock College to Sitting Bull College in 1996.[2]

Mission & Vision[edit]

The SBC mission is:

  • "an academic and technical institution committed to improving the levels of education and training, economic and social development of the people it serves while promoting responsible behavior consistent with Lakota/Dakota culture and language."
  • to enable all people to grow to their full potential by knowing and understanding their beautiful and profound cultural heritage.
  • to ensure that the Dakota and Lakota cultures permeate a holistic educational process at SBC.
  • to permit all people to develop in balance from the elders’ teachings to live in the present world.[3]


SBC offers academic and vocational training and awards in the following programs:

  • seven bachelor of science,
  • five associate of applied science,
  • ten associate of science,
  • four associate of arts, and
  • seven certificate programs.

Sitting Bull College has two-year programs in

The college offers four-year programs in Elementary, Special and Early Childhood education, as well as Business and Environmental Science.

As of 2012, the college is hosting an experimental program that provides Lakota language immersion classes for children.[5]


SBC 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. SBC was created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians. SBC generally serves geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level.[6]

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