Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Introduction

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College was granted continued accreditation on July 12, 2006, by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

General information

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) is tribally chartered by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation headquarters at New Town, North Dakota. NHSC is tribally controlled by a Board of Directors, which consist of seven-members appointed by the six segment council members and one tribal chairperson. Originally named Fort Berthold Community College, it was founded May 2, 1973, as the agency responsible for higher education on the Fort Berthold Reservation. On March 27, 2015 the Three Affiliated Tribes Business Council signed a resolution changing the name of the college to Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College. The Three Affiliated Tribes endorsed the concept that a locally based higher education institution was needed to train Tribal members and to act as a positive influence in retaining the Tribal cultures. A steering committee was appointed to oversee the initial operations of the College. This committee was replaced by the selection of a Board of Directors in 1974.

The first classes offered at NHSC were on an extension basis with coordinating accredited institutions. The articulation agreements made in the beginning were with University of Mary, Bismarck, ND; Minot State College, Minot, ND; and the University of North Dakota, Williston Center, Williston, ND. The College proceeded to develop long-range planning models. This planning resulted in the development of a framework for carrying out the mission and goals of the College, and also in the improvement of the educational and vocational services in the communities throughout the Reservation.

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College was granted accreditation on February 12, 1988, through the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. On July 12, 2006, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College was granted continued 10 year accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and will host its next reaffirmation of accreditation visit in 2017-18. The College is also one of thirty- four tribal colleges granted 1994 Land Grant Institution status. The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is also a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). On February 25, 2011, HLC’s Institutional Actions Council (IAC) voted to extend the College’s Accreditation to include Bachelor of Science Degrees in Elementary Education and Environmental Science, and the Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies, making NHSC a Four-Year Institution.

Educational Purposes Philosophy

We believe that Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College seeks to:

Enhance the quality of life for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

  • Offers opportunities for improvement of our economic well-being and quality of life. 10
  • Initiates and implements new or innovative ideas for the benefit of the Tribe, including leadership and training.

Build a positive strong identity of the Three Affiliated Tribes

  • A builder of people and communities of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
  • Integrates Three Affiliated Tribes culture, traditions and language, in all academic and social activities empowering the people.
  • A place where all people come first for their educational needs.

Insure development of global citizenship by providing necessary training and leadership

  • Utilize the art of technology to deliver courses.
  • Prepare globally to address the impact of other cultures, economies, environments and actions.
  • Develop and utilize the existing resources for the further development of the staff/faculty and Board of Directors.

Develop a financially strong institution, which meets the needs of the students by providing a safe learning environment, which promotes diversity and relevant curriculum/programs.

  • Provide a caring and nurturing atmosphere, which meets the needs of all the students.
  • Utilize multiple teaching methods and techniques for a variety of learning styles.
  • Offer self-improvement opportunities while maintaining the culture of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
  • Select and develop a faculty who believe in the vision and mission of the College.
  • Provide continuous assessment of
    • o Teaching methods/ Curriculum/ Community needs and trends to determine course and program offerings, recreation, sports, childcare, student housing.
  • Encourage the need to voice informed opinions to make positive change.
  • Become a leader among tribally controlled colleges, providing the highest quality of culture, academic, and student services.

Mission

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College will provide Quality Cultural, Academic, and Vocational Education and Services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation

Vision

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College: A dynamic presence that preserves our past and prepares us for the future

Values

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College’s values are illustrated through the earth lodge, which is the common home to the Nueta, Hidatsa, and Sahnish people. Unity, being the key value, is located in the center (fire pit), which the rest of the values build around. Spirituality, People, Culture, and Future are the four domains represented by the four main posts. The outer twelve posts represent values within each of the four domains.

Academic Freedom

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is committed to intellectual thought and pursuit. The college encourages faculty to introduce students to broad and diverse points of view and research. As part of the college’s Native American tradition, it is recognized certain tenets will be expressed as part of the curriculum and are acceptable whenever applicable. At all times, faculty members should exercise sound judgment, respect the rights of others to express ideas and opinions and ensure that the same freedom be extended to students and colleagues.

Admissions Information and Policies

Admissions:

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College subscribes to an Open Door Admissions Policy. Any person who is a graduate of an accredited high school or who has his or her General Education Development (GED®) certificate may be admitted to NHSC. Admission to NHSC does not ensure admittance to any particular course of study. Some programs have requirements beyond standard college admissions that must be met.

Procedures:

The following items are required for Admissions to NHSC:

  • Application for Admissions
  • Official copy of high school transcripts or GED certificate or GED transcript
  • A complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Copy of Driver’s License, State ID, or Social Security card
  • All Native American students enrolled in a federally recognized tribe must submit an official verification of tribal enrollment
  • If applicable, Native American students not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe must submit an official verification of tribal enrollment of one of their parents
  • Students must have an official co
  • y of their transcript(s) from previously attended college(s) sent directly to the registrar’s office at NHSC
  • New and transfer student must take an
  • exam and submit testing scores for placement into Math and English
  • Dual credit students must submit the Du
  • l Credit form they receive from their high school for each course
  • Non US citizens must provide documentation to verify that they are eligible non-citizens

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure all documents are received. A hold will be placed on student’s academic record if all documentation is not in his/her file at the end of the first 6 weeks of the semester. The student will not be allowed to enroll again until all documentation is submitted. Financial aid could also be delayed if documentation is not submitted before financial aid disbursement.

Financial Aid Information and Policies

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College Office of Student Financial Aid provides assistance to students in securing adequate resources to attend NHSC. A variety of programs are available All students should apply for financial aid.

Types of Financial aid Available

  • 477 Demonstration Project
  • American Indian College Fund: www.collegefund.org
  • North Dakota Student Financial Assistance Grant (SSIG)
  • Three Affiliated Tribes Higher Education Program
  • Three Affiliated Tribes Job Training Partnership Act (477)
  • Veteran’s Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Title IV Funds Earned and Unearned

Other Scholarships are available at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College.

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Programs

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BSc

Bachelor of Science (BS) Elementary Education

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA New Town

The Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The ones that teach our children how everything on this earth works) program at NHSC prepares candidates to teach grades 1 through 6. [+]

The Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The ones that teach our children how everything on this earth works) program at NHSC prepares candidates to teach grades 1 through 6. During their junior and senior years, candidates work as a cohort or learning community, taking courses together and interacting in a weekly teacher education seminar to build, reflect, and gain perspective on their experiences. Criteria for the Admission to Teacher Education The student who intends to pursue a program in teacher education must apply to the Teacher Education Department and be approved for admission into the program. An applicant must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 Satisfactory academic performance in ENG 110, ENG 120 and COMM 110 Academic performance of an A or B grade in MATH 103 – College Algebra Successful completion of the Praxis I exam with a satisfactory score required by the state of North Dakota: a composite score of 516 based on the Current Qualifying Scaled Scores for PPST Reading, Writing, and Mathematics, provided the candidate has met the passing score currently in place for two of the three tests. Candidates can be admitted provisionally with notification in writing that Praxis I needs to be completed by the beginning of their senior year and with the understanding that they must successfully complete EDU 235 Praxis I Preparation (1 credit). Written recommendations from three professionals Essay on why the student would like to enter the teacher education program Work in progress on the electronic portfolio Professional resume' Demonstrate a commitment to the learning community model Agree to fulfill service to education or a related field on Fort Berthold upon graduation Exhibit suitable character necessary to teach The Teacher Education Department and a committee consisting of faculty and staff will interview the applicant, review the documentation, and make a recommendation. If the applicant is denied admission due to a condition that can be corrected, the applicant may reapply when the deficiency is removed, or may be put on interim probation. Continuance in Teacher Education In order to continue in the teacher education program, the candidate must: Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and earn a grade of a B or better in courses taken after admission to the program. Exhibit suitable character and evidence of good conduct, physical and mental health. Continue to obtain satisfactory recommendations from faculty, staff, and field experience supervisors. Prepare to pass the Praxis II exams with a satisfactory score required by the state of North Dakota for Principles of Learning and Teaching and Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Grades 1-6. If requirements are not maintained, the Teacher Education Department and a committee consisting of faculty and staff may recommend probation or suspension from the program. Any such action would be reflected in a letter from the Teacher Education Department to the candidate. Student Teaching Student teaching is the concluding experience of the Teacher Education Program at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College. It is completed during the candidate’s final semester and requires at least 16 full-time consecutive weeks. During this time, candidates apply what they have learned through their college course work and field experiences. Student teaching allows the pre-service teachers a time to plan and carry out lessons that follow our four core merits: culture, constructivism, comprehension and CREDE. They also use a variety of assessment techniques to determine suitability of the lessons, success of instruction and understanding of their own students. During this time, it is expected that the pre-service teachers will experience and learn additional decision making skills, instructional approaches, classroom management courses of action, and general competence. Criteria for Admission to Student Teaching A candidate must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission to student teaching: Senior standing or equivalent with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better since admission to the teacher education program. Successful completion of the Praxis I and Praxis II exams as per qualifying state scores. Continued satisfactory performance on all criteria for admission and retention in the teacher education program. Completion of the professional education sequence before student teaching. The Teacher Education Department in consultation with a committee of faculty and staff may make exceptions to this criterion if circumstances warrant. Submission of student teaching application to the Teacher Education Department during the semester preceding the semester of student teaching. A criminal background investigation including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation must be completed prior to student teaching. During student teaching, students will not be allowed to take more than three semester hours of credit during the 16 weeks of student teaching without approval of the Teacher Education Department. Classes cannot be taken during the daily full time student teaching assignment block. Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College reserves the right to have the candidates meet additional requirements that may be established by the Teacher Education Department. Criteria for Graduation and Licensure Recommendation The Teacher Education Department makes the recommendation for graduation and teacher licensure. In order to graduate and be endorsed for licensure, a candidate must meet the following requirements: Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better since admission to the Teacher Education Program. Completion of all program requirements, as defined by the Teacher Education Department. Successful student teaching experience. Successful completion and presentation of an electronic portfolio. Successful completion of Praxis I, Praxis II, and all ND licensure requirements. The Registrar sends the application to the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) for issuance of a teaching license. Credit Hours Required: 131-132 Our Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Program, Mada Maagarishtauo Awa Hee Aadsa Maa Aru Maa Giguckiigash (The ones that teach our children how everything on this earth works), became accredited with the North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board and the Higher Learning Commission in February, 2011. Program Outcomes: The candidate will be able to develop and revise documenting growth and new understanding to articulate a written personal philosophy of education as it relates it to a career in education The candidate will be able to apply the four merits: Culture, Constructivism, Comprehension, and CREDE (research, education, diversity, excellence) in the writing and delivery of at least two exemplary, standards-based lesson plans The candidate will demonstrate an understanding of ND State Standards (Common Core Curriculum), InTASC Standards, and Core Merits ( which include Culture, Constructivism, Comprehension and CREDE (research, education, diversity, excellence) as measured by an ePortfolio rubric [-]

BSc in Environmental Science

Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 USA New Town

The Environmental Science Program at NHSC focuses on integrating local Fort Berthold environmental issues with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara cultures. [+]

The Environmental Science Program at NHSC focuses on integrating local Fort Berthold environmental issues with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara cultures. The program will provide a solid foundation in a range of specialties including: water, air, and soil quality; wildlife, range, and fisheries management; toxicology; and resource conservation, which will enable our students to gain employment in a wide range of natural resource-related areas. The two year Associate of Science degree flows seamlessly into the Bachelor of Science degree and graduates from NHSC’s environmental science program will be able to provide essential support for remediating, restoring, and managing local natural resources. The program will prepare students for employment in such fields as fish and wildlife management, recreation management, resource management, environmental quality and range/grasslands management. Although students will study a range of specialties, they should specialize in one of these fields through the choice of electives, the student internship, and their field research. Program Outcomes: After completing the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science: The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of advanced scientific research including project design, experimentation, statistical analysis and interpretation, writing and publication, and ethical considerations. The student will describe transport mechanisms for contaminants as they travel through various environmental media including water, soil, and air. The student will demonstrate current environmental issues on Fort Berthold as well as be able to associate them with Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara beliefs and cultures. The student will be able to explain wildlife population ecology and management options for game and non-game/range species. The student will understand the cultural environmental impact of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation community. The student will explain the process involved in, the contents of, the analysis of, and the significance of environmental impact statements and assessments. The student will demonstrate the use of environmental geospatial tools. [-]

BA

Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies

Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 USA New Town

The NAS program is an interdisciplinary program focused 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 NAS program is an interdisciplinary program focused 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. The NAS program uses a variety of applicable college resources ranging from laboratories of the hard science to the philosophical discussions of research methodologies proposed by other departments. Four-Year Program Outcomes: 1. Students will engage in effective oral and written communication. 2. Students will be able to conduct critical analyses of texts. 3. Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of contemporary and historical issues and ideas related to Native American peoples. 4. Students will be able to conduct research independently, being aware of the available Native Studies resources and appropriate research methodologies. 5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary experiences and issues of Indigenous peoples in North America from the perspective of American Indian peoples General Education Courses ENG 110 English Composition I ENG 120 Composition II COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking ENG 265 Native American Literature NAS 113 Hidatsa I, NAS 115 Mandan I, or NAS 117 Arikara I NAS 201 History of TAT NAS 213 Tribal Government PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology SOC 111Introduction to Sociology MA 103 (or above) College Algebra CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers BIO 106 Ethnobotany PSY 100 Psychology of Student Success ASMT 200 Assessment of Student Learning Core Requirements NAS 102 Comparative Spiritual Beliefs POL SCI 234 Basic Indian Law HUM 255 NA Children’s Literature NAS 114,116,118 (Circle One) Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara II NAS 105 Native American Art NAS 121 Intro to History of Indian Ed. PHIL/NAS 203 NA Philosophy NAS 101 Introduction to Indian Studies NAS 240 Research & Writing in Indian Studies Professional Development Requirements NAS 301, 302, 303 (Circle one) Early History of the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara NAS 330 Contemporary Plains Indian Cultures NAS 331 Traditional Plains Cultures NAS 350 American Indian Languages NAS 352 Native American Philosophical Thought NAS 385 Native American Economic Development BIO 388 Native American Ecological Knowledge NAS 400 Indian Country Today NAS 401 Evaluating Research of the TAT NAS 402 Agricultural and Natural Resource Management in Native American Communities NAS 415 History of American Indian Education NAS 420 Federal Indian Law and Policy NAS 424 Native American Oral Literature NAS 499 Senior Thesis in Native American Studies Native American Studies Approved Electives NAS 304 Native American Art History NAS 342 Native American Music NAS 307 NA Leadership, Past-Present NAS 308 Tribal, State, and Federal Programs NAS 309 American Indian Religion and Spirituality NAS 379 Special Topics NAS 418 Native American Judicial Issues NAS 425 Tribal Colleges and Higher Education NAS 430 Native American Studies Internship NAS 444 Native American Environmental Issues and the Media NAS 492 Direct Readings NAS 494 Independent Study [-]