Native American Studies
What Is Native American Studies?
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.
All Chiefs SocietyThis is an FBCC organization dedicated to the
preservation 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.