3.68 linear feet [4 document cases, 1 oversize box]
The American Indian Student Association provides an outlet for Indigenous people on campus to share and learn about their own culture, heritage, and values. It is composed mainly of materials pertaining to the Native American Club’s activities on campus, including the South Dakota State University Wacipi (powwow).
This collection focuses on the nature of the Native American Club, which was renamed to the American Indian Student Association, from 1996 to 2014. The club provides an outlet for Indigenous people on campus to share and learn about their own culture, heritage, and values. The club also seeks to provide awareness of Indigenous values and issues to the larger South Dakota State University population and Brookings community. Anyone that is interested in the club can become a member.
The Native American Club also has created and took part in many activities on campus. The Native American Club organizes the Wacipi (powwow) that is held every year. The Native American Club’s work on the Wacipi includes putting flyers up, finding dancers and drummers, volunteering for setup, and managing the powwow budget. The Native American Club also hosts Hand games, a traditional Indigenous game, where they teach players about the Indigenous importance before playing. The club has also participated in club picnics, pizza parties and basketball tournaments.
This collection is composed mainly of materials pertaining to the Native American Club’s activities on campus. One of the activities created by the club is the South Dakota State University Wacipi (powwow) which is a major part of this collection. Folders on the Wacipi include photographs, finances, tapes, posters, evaluations, and contest registrations. A few Folders include pictures of other activities that the Native American Club has held such as Hand games, picnics, and basketball tournaments. Also includes is general club finances and budget requests made by the club to the Student Association.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections
South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.
Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.
SDSU Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, "American Indian Student Association Records" (2021). University Archives. 195.