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What Is Native American Studies?
The Associate of Arts Degree in Native American Studies focuses on the Indigenous peoples of the Americas with an emphasis on the Plains Indians, particularly the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara. The curriculum provides an interdisciplinary and scholarly approach to Native American Studies  from a Native perspective.  The comprehensive program
structure is designed to prepare students for employment within and outside their Native communities, to provide foundational courses for students continuing in Native American Studies  or entering other disciplines, and to offer  intellectually stimulating studies for student scholars and community members.

Director of Native American Studies
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Room 208

Bernadine Young Bird
NAS Instructor
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Room 300

Valerian Three Irons
Language & Culture Instructor
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Room 300

Brad Kroupa
NAS Instructor
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Room 106

Anthony Delorme
NAS Instructor
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Room 45

Shannon Fox
NAS Instructor
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Room Art Rm


All Chiefs Society
This is an FBCC organization dedicated to the
of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara
 culture, language, and history. The organization
 also provides leadership, education and research
 opportunities valuing our traditional way of life.
The organization plans cultural events like hand
 games, powwows, colloquia, elder speakers to
relay our oral tradition and more. The All Chiefs
 Society is open to students, faculty, FBCC
alumni, and Fort Berthold community members.
As a student who plans on graduating with an
Associate of Arts Degree in Native American
Studies, you are expected to attend all the meetings
 for this organization. As a NAS student, it will
benefit you to be exposed to the different
undertakings in which the All Chiefs Society is involved.
NAS Cultural Honors Society

This is an academic organization under the Native American Studies Department, and is geared toward mentoring students who are willing to engage in rigorous scholarship. Major criteria for the selection as one of four Cultural Honors Students include being on the honor roll and showing potential to conduct research. The research-based program serves to assist students in honing their research skills by conducting studies related to the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara.

FBCC Science/Culture Camp

The high school summer camps at tribal colleges are designed to spark interest in the high school students and help with their transition to college level math, science and engineering studies at tribal colleges. Combining culture into the science activities is the goal of the HS Summer Camp at FBCC.

The participants at the summer camp for FBCC are for students entering grades 9-12 for the upcoming school year. Both boys and girls attend the camp, and are required to fill out an application for the camp. Fifty (50) students are selected to attend, and are assigned to a group of 10 students, with a camp counselor who accompanies them throughout the camp.

Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) is one of the sponsors for the FBCC Culture/Science Camp. NATURE is a program sponsored by North Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ND EPSCoR). The goal of NATURE is to assist Native American students by helping build and create pathways for the students to pursue a career in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. All five tribal colleges in ND participate.

NATURE is a culturally relevant program. The philosophy of the program focuses on American Indian heritage and how science and technology have evolved from such practices. The program encourages respect for American Indian practices within the context of scientific methods and theories. This focus offers an even greater relevancy to students and faculty who participate.

By combining the Science camp and the Culture camps, the students are introduced to cultural aspects of the science lessons.

The camp is a combined effort of the FBCC Native American Studies Department and the Science Department.





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