Student Center

ABERDEEN, S.D. Northern State University will hold a dedication ceremony for its South Dakota Tribal Flag Display on Thursday, Oct. 13.


The event will begin with a Smudging at 3:30 p.m. on the campus green outside the Avera Student Center. At 4 p.m., the dedication will take place in the Avera Student Center Mezzanine.


The dedication will include remarks by NSU American Indian Circle Program Director Lara Nelson, Native American Student Association President Alexis Martin and NSU President Neal Schnoor. The ceremony will also feature Honor Guard Procession by Akicita Indigenous Woman Honor Guard; Drum-Lakota Flag Song, Aberdeen Central High School NASA; and reading of the NSU Land Acknowledgment by NASA Vice President Aceanna Baker-Ramsey.


All are welcome to attend the event, which is being hosted by the Circle Program, NASA and Multicultural Student Affairs.


Nelson said the Circle Program, American Indian Advisory Committee and MSA began securing the tribal flags in 2018.


“The display is meant to be a symbol of support for Native American students and to honor the spirit they represent in their local tribal community,” she said.


For more information, visit NSU American Indian Circle Program.


About Northern State University


Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $150 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.