American Indian Circle Program

Cangleska Waste' (Good Circle) Program
The Cangleska Waste’ Program uses a holistic model that provides the family-centered orientation of tribal life for American Indian students and encourages student-centered planning and cultural and navigational experiences that will help students cultivate a deeper cultural footprint while at NSU.

We help students navigate college life from the time they arrive through graduation. We're a place where building connectedness and a sense of community contributes to the personal growth of our American Indian/Alaska Native students. 



Starting in fall 2020, Northern will offer a Native and Indigenous Studies minor, an interdisciplinary program featuring Lakota language classes; experiential learning opportunities including a traveling classroom; and new courses in Native identity and resiliency, global indigenous media, and Federal Indian law. The new minor will help students draw connections among local Native American experiences and global indigenous cultures on a broad range of topics.


Contact Information


To learn more or register for the Native and Indigenous Studies minor, contact:


Lara Nelson

American Indian Circle Program director and academic advisor


Dacotah Hall 108


Dedicated Student Services

  • Individualized academic advising to help students from first day through graduation
  • Mentoring program
  • Weeklong bridge program to build community and help with the transition from home to a college setting
  • Tribal higher education and scholarship assistance
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Specialized skill-building sessions
  • American Indian internship opportunities
  • Dedicated program office with student lounge
  • Connection to the Native American Student Association (NASA)
  • Networking
  • Professional/elder/community support

Academic Offerings

  • Connection to tutoring center/peer tutors
  • Feathering/graduation ceremony
  • Crazy Horse Memorial Scholarship

Campuswide Events

  • Cultural speaker series
  • American Indian/Alaska Native issues
  • Feathering/graduation banquet
  • Crazy Horse Scholarship banquet
  • Workshops (elder storytelling, talking circle, cultural presentations)