President’s Welcome

Dr. Laurel Vermillion, President


My English name is Laurel Vermillion. My Lakota name is Oyate Wanyanka Pi Win, translated it means Seen-By-Her-Nation. I received this name through a Lakota ceremony when I completed by Master’s degree in 1992. As Native people, we carry our Indian names with much respect and compassion because we understand these names have come from strong and courageous ancestors. This is how many people from the Standing Rock Reservation, including our employees and students, feel about Sitting Bull College carrying the name of such a strong and compassionate leader, Tatanka Iyotanka (Sitting Bull).


Sitting Bull College, previously called Standing Rock Community College, began in 1973. I was among the first students to attend. Our humble beginning started with a few students and one instructor looking for a place to hold class in the Douglas Skye Memorial Complex, which was a new community building at that time.

From this humble beginning, the new SBC campus has evolved. The Sitting Bull College family, including the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students were committed to building a new campus.

I personally invite you to come and tour our campus. Take time to sit and visit our faculty, staff, and students. The Sitting Bull College Family will share stories with you regarding the resiliency and commitment that have made us one of the finest colleges in the area.

If you are interested in our academic offering, our grant projects, or if you would like to get to know us better, I encourage you to scroll through our website to learn more about the great work that is happening here. You will be amazed at the impressive work being done by the Sitting Bull College Family.

Thank you for visiting us, (Pilamayaye)

Laurel Vermillion, PhD