Thiyóšpaye is the Lakota word meaning extended family, kindred to the sense that it takes a village to raise a child. On campus, we have three family housing units where students’ immediate families and Thiyóšpaye can stay free of charge when they come to visit. They can cook and eat together, play games, celebrate birthdays, watch movies and enjoy spending time simply being a family.
Without these spaces and an additional residence in the Chamberlain community, many students would not be able to see their families until Thanksgiving break or even the end of the school year. More than 40 families, or just under 50%, took advantage of these facilities this past year.
Families of students wishing to reserve space for a visit can contact their Family Service Counselor.