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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

American Indian Summer Camp

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 Welcome to the American Indian Affairs Summer Camp!

The Summer Camp was first established in 2013 as a cooperative effort between American Indian Affairs and the Four Dakota communities of Minnesota. The reason for starting was to give American Indian high school students a chance to visit and experience a university campus, so they may begin envisioning themselves attending. In 2017, just over half of American Indian high school students in Minnesota graduated in four years. Research shows that attending culturally-centered summer camps increases college attendance outcomes for American Indian students. Since then, the camp has opened to any American Indian student entering 9th - 12th grade, and has consistently filled its 40 spots! 

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A group of American Indian students posing in front of a dormitory.

About the Camp

Who can attend?

Any American Indian high school student entering 9th - 12th grade.

What do we do?

Multiple activities that are fun, educational, and healthy!
Activities are overseen by camp staff and departments at all times of the camp.
These include:

  • College-style classes, with topics including:
    • Indigenous Languages
      • Dakota Language
      • Ojibwe Language
    • Museum Studies
    • American Indian Cultural Study
    • How to Apply to College
    • How to Apply for Financial Aid
    • Choosing a Major and General Education
    • Writing Workshop 
  • Staying in college dorms, including free high-speed Wi-Fi, Air Conditioners, and Lounge Space
  • A tour of the Mankato area, including historically- and culturally-significant sites
  • Adventure Education
    • Team-Building Activities
    • High Ropes Course/Rock Climbing Wall
  • Sports
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
    • Bowling
    • Billiards
    • Volleyball
  • Movie and Game Nights
  • List of activities is not guaranteed, and is subject to change depending on weather, time constraints, availability of instructors, etc.

How much does it cost?

The program is FREE for students!
All meals and accommodations are provided.
A list of supplies to bring is minimal and provided before the camp starts.

Where can I sign up?

Click here!


For more information, contact Megan Heutmaker, the Director for American Indian Affairs, at or 507-389-5230.