Sinte Gleska University

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Sinte Gleska University
Sinte Gleska University logo.jpg
Motto Wahope unglawa sakapi hecel oyate ki Wolakota gluha tokatakiya unya pi kte.
Motto in English
Reenforcing our foundation for the people to go forward in the Lakota Way.
Type Native American tribal community college and land grant institution
Established 1970
President Lionel Bordeaux
Academic staff
Margaret MacKichan
Students approximately 1,012[1]
Location PO Box 105 Mission, South Dakota, United States 57570
Campus rural
Affiliations American Indian Higher Education Consortium, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Sinte Gleska University is a four-year private American Indian tribal college, located in Mission, South Dakota, in south-central South Dakota, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. This is a Brulé Lakota Indian Reservation home to the Sicangu (Burnt Thigh). SGU has an enrollment of 828 full and part-time students. [2]

Mission & vision[edit]

SGU's mission is

  • to provide programs to preserve and teach tribal culture, history, and language and
  • to seek innovative and effective strategies to address the myriad social and economic concerns confronting the Sicangu Lakota Oyate.
  • to plan, design, implement, and assess postsecondary programs and other educational resources appropriate to the Lakota people
  • to facilitate individual development and Tribal autonomy. [2]


SGU was founded in 1971. SGU was named for the Brulé Lakota chief Sinte Gleska.[3] The founding Board President was Lakota elder Stanley Red Bird Sr., and Joseph M. Marshall III, the first published writer in Lakota, was a founder as well.[4]


The college is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations. Tribal colleges generally serve geographically isolated populations who have no other means accessing higher education; they also are a means for the tribes to teach subjects from the perspectives of their cultures, as well as specific classes in their cultures.[2]


SGU has seven academic undergraduate departments, which include:

  • Great Plains Art Institute
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Lakota Studies
  • Institute of Technologies (vocational/career education).

SGU offers 25 associate degrees, 23 bachelor's degrees, two master's degrees, a dozen certificate programs, and several vocation programs.[5] Academic programs offered by the school include:

  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • physics,
  • computer science,
  • English,
  • history,
  • math,
  • business,
  • visual art,
  • art education, and
  • Lakota studies,[6] including the language and aesthetics.

The Great Plains Art Institute of the University offers AA and BA degrees in art and a BAAE degree in art education.[7]

SGU sponsors the annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which includes a juried art show, art market, powwow, and Oscar Howe lecture.[8]

SGU has partnered with Red Crow Community College and Old Sun Community College, both in Alberta, Canada, enabling them to offer a master's degree in education, with an emphasis in early childhood special education.[9]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sinte Gleska University." StateUniversity.Com. (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  2. ^ a b c American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  3. ^ "SGU Main Page." Sinte Gleska University. 2009 (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  4. ^ Wilson, Diane (2011). Beloved Child: A Dakota Way of Life. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 57. ISBN 978-0-87351-840-6. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sinte Gleska University." American Indian Higher Education Consortium. (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  6. ^ "Academics." Sinte Gleska University. 2009 (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  7. ^ "Great Plains Art Institute." Sinte Gleska University. 2007 (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  8. ^ "About Northern Plains Indian Art Market." Northern Plains Indian Art Market. 2010 (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)
  9. ^ "First Nations Colleges Offer SGU Master's", Tribal College Journal, Volume 16 Spring 2005 Issue No. 3. (retrieved 23 Dec 2010)

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