South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations
Office of Indian Education

This office was established to assist the Secretary of Education, while working in conjunction with the Indian Education Advisory Council, to address the educational challenges that face American Indian students in South Dakota. It works to identify innovative strategies that aim to close the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students; promote educational models that are culturally relevant and where possible, create partnerships between the public school sector, the Bureau of Indian Education and tribal schools.



To promote educational equity through meaningful collaboration that supports and prepares Indigenous students on their educational journeys.


The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to collaborate and communicate with the Oceti Sakowin tribes of South Dakota, and to create a network of allies within the state and tribal governments with a shared commitment to the vision.




Director: Fred Osborn - (605) 773-5975

Senior Secretary: Trista Olsen - (605) 773-5975

Office of Indian Education, South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations
711 E. Wells Ave., Pierre, SD 57501