Tiospaye Questions 

What Does Tiospaye Mean?

Tiospaye is a Lakota word which approximately translates to "extended family." This word was given to the program by Mr. Stacy Phelps. Our "tiospaye" of support includes current students and their families, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, employers, the local community, and all the existing campus support services.

2013-2014 Tiospaye Lunches

Tiospaye lunches are held on Tuesdays, at 11 a.m. in the Surbeck Ballroom (Unless otherwise noted) 

  • November 26
  • December 10
  • January 14
  • January 28 (Surbeck Bump lounge)
  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
  • April 29 (Nerd Ceremony)


Where does the Tiospaye Artwork come from?

The Tiospaye artwork of the eagle feather and eagle plume are to represent the honor given to male and female graduates of the program. The artwork was created by Mr. Del Iron Cloud, a renowned local Native American artist. For more of Mr. Iron Cloud's work, click here.

What is the Nerd Ceremony?

The nerd ceremony is an idea borrowed from the ANSEP Program at The University of Alaska Anchorage to congratulate students who pass certain requirements at the School of Mines. This is a fun way to honor students who pass Calculus 3 and Differential Equations.