Higher education for Native American students takes center stage in KOTA Territory this week.
At the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, at the Ramkota in Rapid City, more than 900 people from 37 tribal colleges meet.
Activities will include academic workshops, and a student congress meeting.
Educators say native students are more successful at higher education when aspects of their culture are part of the curriculum.
"The title of this conference is ‘Honoring the Drum' which is the cultural aspect. We have very significant cultural considerations of each conference. It's very important for networking. It's very important for students to meet each other and talk about the challenges they have at their tribal colleges," said Anthony Fresquez from Oglala Lakota College.
Representatives have traveled from as far away as the Ohio River Valley and parts of Canada to attend this conference.