American Indian Program

Cangleska Waste'
The Cangleska Waste’ (Good Circle) 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 are a place where building connectedness and a sense of community contributes to the personal growth of our American Indian/Alaska Native students. 


Contact Information   

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