Published on November 21, 2012 by Amy
Sinte Gleska University is a four-year private American Indian tribal college, located in Mission, South Dakota, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, a Brulé Lakota Indian Reservation. SGU was founded in 1970 and named for the Brulé chief, Sinte Gleska (Spotted Tail).
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The college is member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium; it offers 25 associate degrees, 23 bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, a dozen certificate programs, and several vocation programs.
Academic programs offered by the school include biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, English, history, math, business, visual art, art education, and Lakota studies, 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. The college 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.
The school began as a two-year college, but since 1973 has expanded to a four-institution under the leadership of Dr. Lionel Bordeaux, who has served as college president.
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.