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.
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.
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- 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.
o Teaching methods/ Curriculum/ Community needs and trends to determine course and program offerings, recreation, sports, childcare, student housing.
The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College will provide Quality Cultural, Academic, and Vocational Education and Services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College: A dynamic presence that preserves our past and prepares us for the future
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.
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
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.
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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