American Indian Center


The American Indian Center welcomes all students, native and non-native, to share their story and learn about American Indian history, language and culture through participation in events, hosted by the American Indian Center and various partners throughout the year. Student success is enhanced through experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. We feel it is important to get to know each other, share life events, and experience new adventures with those around us.

Retention Lunches

The AIC Retention Lunches are held at noon every 2nd Wednesday of the month at Garvey Commons. These lunches bring together new and familiar faces, and develop a sense of community among our native participants. 

We eat together, share stories, and get to know our fellow colleagues. If you are a new entering freshman or transfer student, email We hope to see you at our retention lunch gatherings.


25th Annual AIC Powwow was held:

Saturday, April 13th 2019

1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Grand Entry
5 p.m. Feast
Apollo High School - Main Gym
Admission is free.

The application for vendors can be found here. 

Speaker Series

Past Speakers:

Travis Zimmerman

Travis Zimmerman is a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and Minnesota National Guard. Travis has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and is currently the Site Manager of the Mille Lacs Indian Museum for the Minnesota Historical Society, where he has been employed for over ten years. Travis has been involved with American Indian nonprofits in Minnesota for the last 20 years; serving as a staff member and board member on dozens of organizations.

Upcoming Speakers:


Other Events

Past Events:
Spring Break Service Trip to Lame Deer, Montana
March 3-10

Join the American Indian Center on a spring break trip to Lame Deer, Montana. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, develop a sense of community, raise awareness of social issues, recognize the value of diversity and culture, and explore possible careers through a hands-on experience!  The week will include a team building exercise on Sunday March 4th, volunteer work with the Boys & Girls Clubs Mon-Fri, and finally return to SCSU on Sunday March 10th.
Jan. 25-27
Atwood Memorial Center

American Indian Awareness Week
April 9-13

MSS Awards Reception
April 18
5 p.m. social, 5:30 p.m. program
Atwood Memorial Center - Ballroom

American Indian Graduation Recognition
May 3
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
American Indian Center