- Associated Press - Thursday, October 5, 2017

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota State University President Barry Dunn says an anonymous donor has committed $4.1 million to support a school initiative for South Dakota tribal members.

The commitments announced Thursday include $4 million for a new American Indian Student Center on the Brookings campus and $100,000 for scholarships for students from the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota tribes in the state.

Dunn says the commitments will provide a campus home for American Indian students and help give access to students who want the “knowledge and advancement that higher education provides.”

The center is part of the Wokini Initiative, a push from the land-grant university to increase the number of students at the school from the nine tribal nations in South Dakota.

The facility is expected to encompass up to 15,000 square feet on the campus’ south edge.

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