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Lakota Culture, Design, and Service Experience EPICS-South Dakota

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Program Type Domestic Study Away
Program Location South Dakota, USA
Course # SA 10525
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
Summer 2022 05/08/22 to 05/22/22

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

EPICS has partnered with the Lakota Tribe for five years and teams have been working on issues related to food sovereignty on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  This partnership is facilitated through the Oglala Lakota College (OLC) located on the reservation.  Pine Ridge is one of the poorest counties in the United States and suffers from a lack of access to fresh foods.  Students will be exposed to Lakota culture and other Native American tribes and offered insights into the conditions on the reservations.  Students will participate in the design work focusing on implementation of the previous  year's work (Greenhouse project) and problem identification for work in the coming years. 

In addition to the project work, students will also visit: 

- South Dakota School of Mines
- OLC Campus visit and local greenhouse tour
- Wounded Knee
- Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, Black Hills
- Badlands tour
- Visit to historic city of Deadwood 

More info on the Lakota Projects

Academic Credit

Students will earn 3 credits for EPICS 49000.  Students must check with their academic advisor to determine how this course can be used in  your plan of study. 


This course is open to all engineering students at any level.  

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The Program fee is estimated to be : $2,100.  This Program Fee includes:  Hotel, ground transportation in South Dakota, all course activities, all cultural activities on the itinerary, breakfast daily, some lunches (while doing project work), academic credits, and health insurance.  

Addtional expenses:  Airfare, meals, personal spending money and personal activities. 

Purdue Moves Scholarships available!

*Please note that students are not under any finanical obligation just for applying*

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.  15 spots available

Financial Aid

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NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

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