Located in South central South Dakota on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation, Sinte Gleska University (SGU) is the home of the Sicangu Lakota, also known as the Upper Brulé Sioux Nation or Rosebud Sioux Tribe, a branch of the Lakota people. The University offers 23 bachelor’s degrees, 25 associate degrees, two master’s degrees, and 12 certificate programs. Sinte Gleska University also offers numerous vocational programs to serve the community and enhance economic development.
Sinte Gleska University provides a model for Indian-controlled education. It is an institution governed by people rooted to the reservation and culture, concerned about the future, and willing to work to see the institution grow. Sinte Gleska University graduates will help determine the future development and direction of the tribe and its institutions. The mission of Sinte Gleska University is to plan, design, implement and assess post-secondary programs and other educational resources uniquely appropriate to the Lakota people in order to facilitate individual development and tribal autonomy.
The University was the first tribal college accredited at both the two-year and four-year levels, receiving four-year accreditation in 1983. In 1989, the university established a master’s degree program. Sinte Gleska University received Land Grant status in 1994.