1973: Sitting Bull College begins as Standing Rock Community College, chartered by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. In 1975, the Accreditation process begins, and in 1984 the College receives full accreditation and offers Associates degrees.
2007: The College receives approval to offer a Bachelors of Science degree in Environmental Science.
2014: The College receives approval to offer a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. The first M.S. cohort begins.
Sitting Bull College submits its first NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) proposal to expand into atmospheric science.
2015: The second successful Sitting Bull College internship focused on atmospheric science in conjunction with NASA LaRC results in the installation of a North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) Weather Station at Sitting Bull College.
2016: The first Environmental Science M.S. cohort graduates.
2019: NASA selects the Navajo Technical University (NTU) and Sitting Bull College (SBC) as MUREP MIRO recipients. SBC receives more than $1 million through NASA’s MIRO and MUREP for American Indian Alaska Native STEM Engagement, also known as MAIANSE, a collaborative pilot program. SBC is selected for its submission centered on air quality research, environmental technology and education on the Standing Rock Reservation.
2020: Sitting Bull College launches its first atmospheric science undergraduate and graduate courses.
The first Environmental Science M.S. focused on Atmospheric Science cohort begins.
2021: Construction is expected to be complete on the Facility for Innovative Atmospheric Research and Education (FIARE).
2022: The first Environmental Science M.S. focused on Atmospheric Science cohort is expected to graduate.