In 1993, the Yankton Sioux College Center was established through tribal resolution by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and Claims Committee; as an educational institution at the post –secondary level for the purposes of academic and vocational curricula leading to post-secondary education degrees, and to preserve the Nakota/Dakota Language, History and Culture.
In 1994, the Ihanktonwan Community College was issued a certificate of Incorporation by the Secretary to operate as a non-profit corporation in the state of South Dakota. The College Center board of Directors then conducted a search for an accredited institution of higher learning that would provide a course of study to meet the unique educational needs of the Yankton Sioux Reservation.
Through an 1994 negotiated agreement between Nebraska Indian Community College and the Yankton Sioux College Center, accredited courses of study, approved by South Dakota Department of Education are provided to the members of the Yankton Sioux Tribe and others through the Yankton Sioux College Center. The College Center functions as a satellite site of Nebraska Indian Community College. The Nebraska Indian Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Then Courses are offered in the fall and spring semester. Students are encouraged to enroll in courses leading to a two year degree in General Studies. In May 1996, the first Yankton Sioux Tribal member graduated from Nebraska Indian Community College through the Yankton Sioux College Center. On January 19, 1996, the Yankton Sioux College Center was granted tax exempt status under the internal Revenue Service regulations governing educational institutions.
In compliance with standards governing educational institutions, the Yankton Sioux College Center is designated as the Yankton Sioux Tribal Library and Archives through tribal resolution on July 11, 1996. On April 10, 1997, the name of the Yankton Sioux College Center was changed to the Ihanktonwan Community College. This institutional transition was approved by tribal resolution by the Yankton Sioux Tribe Business and claims Committee. In 1998, the Ihanktonwan Community College ended its affiliation agreement with Nebraska Indian Community College, and in July 1998, entered into a legal affiliation/accreditation agreement with Sinte Gleska University in Rosebud, South Dakota. Sinte Gleska University is a four-year degree-granting institution accredited by North Central Association. All course credit received through Ihanktonwan Community College is course credit belonging to Sinte Gleska University.
Equal Opportunity The Ihanktonwan Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religious creed, political ideas, marital status, physical or mental handicap, or national origin or ancestry. The Ihanktonwan Community College operates in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and any other applicable federal, state, and tribal law.