South Dakota university helps American Indian students

Pierre, South Dakota (AP) August 2010

Black Hills State University is offering a 5-day program that will introduce American Indian students to the campus in Spearfish and make it easier for them to get into the swing of college life.

The university has the highest percentage of American Indian students among South Dakota’s 6 public universities. Last fall, 3.5 percent of Black Hills State’s students were Native Americans.

The Bridge Program will be held from Aug. 25 to the first day of classes on Aug. 30. It is designed to help the students make the change from high school to college.

Students from South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana and Colorado have signed up for the program.

The program is funded by a grant from the American Indian Education Association.