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USD Indian studies program comes under fire


Some University of South Dakota students are upset with the school's Native Studies major, saying it falsely advertises coursework and doesn't have enough instructors.

School administrators say they understand the frustration and they're making changes that will get the program back on track.

Former department chairman Edward Valandra says that when the nation's economy started tanking in 2008 and 2009, USD's administrative commitment to the Native Studies department began to falter.

USD Provost Chuck Staben disagrees with that. He says the program has been plagued by staffing problems and low enrollment.

Staben says the university is still committed to the Native Studies major, though no longer as its own department.

A variety of departments will teach coursework pertinent to the major.

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