MHA Education Department

➤ location

354 Main Street
New Town, ND 58763

mailing address

404 Frontage Road
New Town, ND 58763

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:30PM

☎ contact

Phone: (701) 627-4113
Fax: (701) 627-4935


Our priority is to see that our youth and communities receive a quality education that encompasses and nurtures their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well being. Through programming, community and school partnership we can help impact and reach our full potential as individuals and healthy Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara community members.  


The strength and survival of our tribal nation depends on the nurturing of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara history, language, culture, social and spiritual knowledge, while encouraging and maintaining the highest education standards.  


It is the educational mission of the MHA Education Department to promote and foster lifelong learning for the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara people, and to protect the cultural integrity and sovereignty of the Three Affiliated Tribes.  


Ruth Swaney, PhD
Education Director

Benita Spotted Elk
Executive Secretary

Sara Young Bird, BS
Research & Database Associate

Education Resource Officers

Barbara Smith-DeSautel, AA
New Town Elementary School

Deborah Hosie, BS, BA
Parshall School

Deborah Kateri Hale
New Town Middle & High School

Shannon Uses the Knife
White Shield School

Donovan Abbey
Mandaree School

Alyssa Starr
Twin Buttes School

Culture and Language Division

Royce Young Wolf (Freeman), MA, Advisor

Erika Eagle, Program Assistant

T.J. Plenty Chief, Sahnish Apprentice

Thomas Jay Plenty Chief Jr., Sahnish Apprentice

Margaret Landin, AAS Education, Sahnish Culture and Language Coordinator

Kim Dickens, BS, MS, Curriculum Specialist

Tony Lone Fight, BFA, Multimedia Specialist

Culture and Language Division Photos

Josie Felix, Shannon Uses The Knife, Margaret Landin and Sophie Landin at a Ribbon Skirt workshop in White Shield. This was a collaborative project between the Arikara Community Action group and the Culture & Language Division to provide summer activities for youth in the White Shield community. 


Upcoming Events


Sunday Academy STEM Program

The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College is accepting applications for their Sunday Academy High School STEM Program. The purpose of the Sunday Academy is to generate an interest in math, science, engineering and technology among high school students through involvement in constructivist and hands-on/minds-on activities. The students will be given an opportunity to meet together in an informal friendly atmosphere at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College and be presented with day-to-day problems involving standards-based math, physics, chemistry, engineering and technology. Each tribally enrolled student who attends and participates in these sessions will be eligible to receive a $25.00 stipend.  Lunch will be included for all. 

Eligibility: All high school students are eligible to participate in the academy.  No specific criterion for selection is necessary.  Priority will be given to juniors and seniors and the students who participated in the Sunday Academy program and/or the Summer Camp. A total of 30 students will be selected evenly from each of the four area high schools.  To ensure a spot in the program, it is highly recommended to return your application before the first Sunday Academy. 

Expected Outcomes:  Attracting more high school students into math, science, engineering and technology careers. Improving problem solving skills of students entering tribal college math, science, engineering and technology programs. Improving the understanding of the importance of math, basic science, engineering and technology principles.

When: There will be seven academies meeting once a month at NHSC from 10:30AM to approximately 3:00PM. September 16, October 21, November 18, December 9, January 20, February 17, and March 10, 2019. 

Contact at NHSC: Dr. Kerry Hartman: 627-8053