The purpose of the St. Cloud State University American Indian Center is to respond to the self-defined educational needs and goals of the current American Indian students and communities alike. To this end, the American Indian Center, utilizing both internal and external resources, empowers indigenous people through quality educational programming. The center's outreach activities promote awareness, better understanding, and sensitivity to American Indian Cultures.
Early in the 1990s, a number of campus community members became concerned about meeting the unique needs of the American Indian students attending St. Cloud State University. Indian programming had become a component of the Minority Student Programs. Through the efforts of an advisory committee, an American Indian Center was established in 1993. Educational, social, and cultural programming specific to American Indian students increased. Outreach activities for both Indian and non-Indian communities also were developed. The number and quality of programs continues to grow and are now carried on throughout the year.
The American Indian Center seeks to increase awareness and sensitivity of non-Indian people to the American Indian culture through presentations, lectures, workshops and seminars, both on and off the St. Cloud State campus.
Speakers are available to speak to any group on a wide range of topics. For more information, contact the AIC at (320) 308-5449. Fees are negotiable.
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