About Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies

North Dakota is the home of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota), Nueta, Sahnish, Hidatsa, and Anishinaabe peoples, in addition to many other diverse Indigenous peoples connected to these lands. There are five federally recognized Tribal Nations including Mandan, Hidatsa, & Arikara Nation (Three Affiliated Tribes), the Spirit Lake (Dakota) Nation, the Standing Rock (Lakota and Dakota) Sioux Tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa (Anishinaabe), and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota). Indigenous peoples have lived in North Dakota for over 10,000 years and remain a vibrant force in communities all over the region. (Source: NDSU Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies.)

National Native American Heritage Month 2022: Events

Youth in Action: Reclaiming the Stage November 1, 2022, 1 – 2 PM Free, Online,  requires registration

Can changing theater mean changing the world? Join us for a conversation with Indigenous actors and playwrights who are reimagining Native representation on the stage. Panelists are Tara Moses (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma), Emily Preis (Citizen of the Osage Nation) and Isabella Madrigal (Cahuilla and Turtle Mountain Chippewa). DeLanna Studi (Cherokee) moderates the discussion.

This program is free, but advance registration is required. A direct link will be emailed to registrants 24-48 hours in advance. A recording will be available on demand following the premier.

Native Cinema Showcase November 18-25, 2022

The museum’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Indigenous film. Embracing their communities’ oral histories, knowledge and ancestral lands, Indigenous filmmakers are seeking guidance from the past and envisioning new paths for the future. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.

The online program includes a total of 35 films (six features and 30 shorts) representing 30 Native nations in eight different countries: US, Canada, New Zealand, Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Colombia and Sweden. There are 10 Indigenous languages spoken in the films. Genres include documentaries, music videos, kid-friendly shorts, films in Indigenous languages and more.

Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces
Why We Serve honors the generations of Native Americans who have served in the armed forces of the United States—often in extraordinary numbers—since the American Revolution.

U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo and Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland
To kick off Native American Heritage Month, Joy Harjo, the first Native American U.S. Poet Laureate, joins Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary, in a conversation with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.

National Native American Heritage Month Official site

NDSU Events

Wednesday, November 2, 2022: Native American Heritage Month Opening Session, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sahnish Room, Memorial Union

Join us for the 2022 Native American Heritage Month opening with Willard Yellow Bird (MHA member) and Hollie Mackie (Northern Cheyenne).  Michael Gabbard (Delaware) will provide an opening welcome song and then an honor song for all students. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2022: Research Presentation, 12 PM to 1:00 PM, Hidatsa Room, Memorial Union

MPH student Carissa Brown Otter (Standing Rock & Dine) will share her findings from a survey she held in the Fargo-Moorhead Community with the Native American population.

Thursday, November 17, 2022: Dream Catcher Making & Hemp Bracelet Making, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM, Meadow Lark Room, Memorial Union

Two Native American artists will be present to teach students, staff, and faculty how to make dream catchers and hemp bracelets.  Christy Goulet (Turtle Mountain) and Theodore Menge (White Earth) will be the instructors.  All supplies will be provided.  Hosted by Native American Student Association.

Monday, November 21, 2022, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Sahnish Room, Memorial Union

A Native American Thanksgiving history will be shared by Joy Annette (White Earth). 

Use this Research Guide to discover Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies resources available from NDSU Libraries and online.

 Tribal and Indigenous Peoples Studies Books Follow this link to browse highlights from the library's collection.

Native women at Ft. Berthold Reservation, North Dakota

Native Women at Fort Berthold Reservation, 1920s

Helpful Online Resources

American Indian Policy Institute

National Congress of American Indians

Native American Ethnobotany

Native Health Database

Native Nations Institute

New Lakota Dictionary Online

The Ojibwe People's Dictionary

Find Primary Sources

Digital Horizons: Life on the Northern Plains

For Eagles to be Crows Collection (NDSU Archives)

Chronicling America: Indians of North America Digitized Newspapers

Digital Public Library of America: Primary Source Sets

Independent Voices: Native American Collection (1960s-1970s Alternative Press Archive)

Indian Peoples of the Northern Great Plains Digital Collection

National Archives: American Indian Records

National Native American Heritage Month - Exhibits and Collections

Selected Scholarly Journals

Aboriginal Policy Studies: APS


American Indian Quarterly

Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society


International Indigenous Policy Journal

International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies

Journal of American Indian Education

Journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAIS)

Settler Colonial Studies

Studies in American Indian Literatures

Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education

Tribal Law Journal

Wíčazo Ša Review