Si Tanka/Huron Receives AccreditationMay 15th, 2002 | By tcj | Category: 13-4: The Many Faces of Leadership, Tribal College News
Si Tanka/Huron University was notified in February that its accreditation had been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Another comprehensive site visit is scheduled in two years.
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe chartered the Cheyenne River Community College in Eagle Butte, SD, in 1973, and then the college changed its name in July 1999 to honor one of its leaders, Si Tanka (Bigfoot). The college had never been accredited. In 1999, the college submitted its self-study to the accreditation authorities, and it was later granted candidate status in 2000.
In May 2001, the small tribal college bought Huron University, a private, accredited four-year university in the northeastern corner of the state. Because the combined institutions offer four-year degrees, the accreditation was for four years. “Hard work and determination paid off,” said Kenneth Provost, interim president of the institution. Provost was one of the founders of the Cheyenne River Community College.