Indigenous Related Programs
The University of North Dakota is home to a number of Indigenous-related programs.
These programs provide support and opportunities for American Indian students at UND.
Department of History and American Indian Studies
The Department of American Indian Studies offers a major leading to the B.A. degree or a minor in association with another discipline. Courses include tribal histories, contemporary issues, federal Indian law and policy, oral traditions and contemporary literature, Native American philosophical thought, survey of Native American arts, North American Indians, and others. Many American Indian Studies courses meet University requirements in Essential Studies. American Indian Studies offers small classes to assist students in refining writing and discussion skills.
Center for Rural Health
The UND Center for Rural Health works in a variety of areas to bring together expertise and help share knowledge and tools with a broad range of rural and tribal stakeholders. Some programs include:
- The National Resource Center on Native American Aging (NRCNAA) provides information and services to the country’s ever-growing population of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders in an effort to enhance and improve their quality of life.
- The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) addresses the lack of culturally appropriate information and community education materials on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Indian Country.
Indians Into Medicine (INMED)
This long-standing program encourages American Indians to enter health careers and prepare for practice in underserved Indian communities. Summer programs include a six week Summer Institute enrichment session for students in grades 7-12 who are interested in health careers, a Pathway program which helps students in the transition from tribal community college to the University, and a two-tiered Med Prep program which enables participants to prepare for the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and to prepare for the patient-centered curriculum at UND's School of Medicine & Health Sciences. The program has served nearly 20% of this nation’s physicians who are enrolled members of federally recognized tribes.
Indians Into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE)
INPSYDE trains American Indian psychologists and facilitate cross-cultural competence among non-Indian students, faculty, and staff in ND, MT, SD, WY, and MN. The INPSYDE Program Summer Institute is a two week enrichment program for Native American junior and senior high school students who are interested in pursuing a degree in psychology related disciplines.
Indigenous Health Ph.D.
The University of North Dakota's doctoral degree in Indigenous Health - the first of its kind in the United States or Canada - will give you a deeper understanding of the unique health issues facing Indigenous populations. With its evidence-based approach to public health, the program prepares you to join the elite group of forward-thinking, culturally aware experts who are setting new standards in the fight against Indigenous disease disparities worldwide.
Master's in Public Health
The Master's in Public Health program prepares culturally-aware public health professionals with the motivation, skills, and knowledge to improve population health in the diverse communities of the Northern Plains and beyond. Specialize in Health Management & Policy, Indigenous Health or Population Health Research & Analytics.
Northern Plains Indian Law Center
The UND School of Law has a longstanding commitment to the legal issues facing American Indian tribes. UND’s Indian law curriculum is one of the richest in the country, and faculty include the leading experts in tribal constitutions, tribal justice systems, tribal environmental law, and tribal gaming.
Recruitment/Retention of American Indians Into Nursing (RAIN)
The RAIN program provides academic support and assistance to American Indian students seeking a nursing degree - pre-nursing through doctorate.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
REU from Rural and Tribal colleges is a 10-week summer research experience at UND.
UND TRIO Programs
TRIO is a set of federally-funded programs that give students from underrepresented backgrounds the motivation and support they need to graduate with a college degree. These students often lack the support system and guidance necessary to be successful in college, TRIO programs provide that structure. Through academic advice, personal support and financial guidance.