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SD State to Break Ground Today on American Indian Student Center
South Dakota Ag Connection - 10/09/2018

South Dakota State University will hold a ground-breaking event at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the north end of the Rotunda Green. Image courtesy of TSP Inc.

South Dakota State University will break ground on the American Indian Student Center Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the north end of the Rotunda Green in the area between Abbott Hall and Harding Hall.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the lobby of the Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Building.

President Barry H. Dunn announced the center during an October 2017 event regarding a donation to the center.

The cost of the 12,400-square-foot building is estimated at $4.5 million with $4 million coming from private donor funds and $500,000 from school and public lands cash. The facility would provide office space, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, technology resources, student support space and academic support space. Its primary function would be dedicated to student support programming and services.

TSP is the firm for architectural and engineering services.

The Wokini Initiative will offer programming and support to enrolled members of the nine tribal nations in South Dakota interested in gaining access to educational and advancement opportunities at South Dakota State University. The initiative will also enhance research and outreach collaborations and programs with tribes, tribal colleges and other tribal organizations in the state. The initiative will align student opportunities to pursue degrees that will impact communities and their tribes while recognizing the importance of family and native culture.

Wokini-supported students will be given the resources and access to academic, personal, health and financial wellness knowledge needed to succeed at South Dakota State University and in life after graduation.

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