Existing knowledge of data science, coding, programming, and informatics is not required to participate in the workshop. Flights, accommodation, and all meals are provided for workshop participants.

Application Queries

When do applications to IndigiData open?
  • The application form becomes available in December or January for the following summer. Due to the need to make travel arrangements for applicants, the application portal is only open for 1 to 2 months, maximum.
  • Applicants are notified of their application status by mid-March or early April.
  • Once the application portal closes, we cannot accept any additional or late applications out of respect to other applicants.

Who can apply?
  • The IndigiData workshop is open to Indigenous students who attend U.S. academic institutions at the undergraduate and graduate level. This also includes students from tribal colleges and universities.
  • We strongly welcome Indigenous professionals, community members, elders, and tribal leaders to apply.
  • Due to funding and space limitations, we must prioritize supporting Indigenous participants who reside within the United States, to also include Alaska, Hawaii, and U.S. territories.
  • We do not act as an arbiter for determining Indigeneity. We rely on applicants’ good faith in self-representing their connections to their Indigenous communities. For this reason, we ask applicants to provide either evidence of tribal community enrollment or a statement outlining the applicant’s connection to an Indigenous community.
How many applicants do you accept each summer?

Due to the hands-on informatics component, we try to keep our student:instructor ratio low. We want to ensure that each student who attends has ample time to engage and ask questions. We also find that having too many participants means that we cannot create as safe and an inclusive space since not all people feel comfortable sharing in large groups. Therefore, we aim to keep workshop sizes small at 8-12 participants. If you have applied previously and you were not accepted, please note that we rate repeat applicants higher on future rounds. Please consider re-applying!

How much of a coding or statistics background is required?

We do not expect participants to have any coding, programming, or statistics skills prior to the workshop. We do ask for some of these details on the application so that we have an idea on how to guide the design of our instructional materials and to assist us in providing ample time, if needed, to provide necessary background. These questions are included on the application purely to help us tailor the curriculum. You do not need any data skills to apply.

Do I need to be a data science or informatics major to apply?

We are seeking Indigenous applicants from a variety of backgrounds. Each year, our focus by data type also slightly changes. Therefore, we seek those:

  • from a broad range of disciplines and professions (e.g. medicine, allied health, biology, genetics, humanities, law, archaeology, museum studies, environmental studies and management) to also include data science, computational sciences, and informatics
  • with an interest in learning about and discussing data science, data ethics, and Indigenous data sovereignty with implications for Indigenous peoples and communities

Existing knowledge of data science, informatics, coding, and programming is not required to participate in the workshop. We do ask that applicants address how they use data science or why they are interested in these varied data topics in their applications.

Workshop Queries

How long is your workshop?

Our workshop is typically 4-6 days. This changes from year-to-year. Our first workshop in 2021 was conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was four days to mitigate Zoom fatigue. Pending public health safety, subsequent workshops will be held in-person in South Dakota. We expect a 5-day workshop, plus a day for traveling and out of South Dakota.

What can I expect in terms of the workshop format?
  • We have a blended curriculum that combines lecture and hands-on activities. Programming 100% hands-on activities would be time-intensive and effort-intensive, so we also include background lecture materials to properly frame data science ethics and career opportunities in engaging lecture formats, too. Mornings will be comprised of more lecture-related and guest speaker events. The afternoons will include more informatics training using pre-designed coding tutorials and guided demonstrations.
  • We do ask for continual, daily feedback from participants to assess the success or failure of each instructional activity. We use this feedback to improve materials and to ensure each student feels they are progressing successfully through the course.

Do I need a laptop or provide any software/equipment to attend the workshop?

We will ask applicants some questions regarding type of hardware you currently have, including details on your computer’s operating system (i.e., PC, Mac, Linux). If you have a laptop already, we will ask that you bring it to the workshop with you. If you do not have a laptop, do not worry. We will be happy to provide you a machine to use while you are attending the workshop.

Will the workshop events be recorded? Can you provide a Zoom link for non-workshop attendees to listen in or watch?

To ensure that we create a safe space for workshop attendees, we will not be recording the workshop nor will we provide a Zoom link for public viewing.

Some of our workshop topics include discussions about Indigenous worldviews and knowledges, which can only be shared in closed spaces. We also want to ensure that participants and speakers feel comfortable in sharing their thoughts and perspectives as Indigenous peoples navigating data, and this may include sensitive conversations.

Media Queries

I am a journalist and I would like to cover IndigiData. How do I contact your organization?

Thank you so much for your interest in covering our workshop! It is really important to highlight this wonderful educational endeavor. Here are some details that may help:

  • For media inquiries, please use our Contact Form.
  • As a note: Workshop sessions require participant group consent to invite non-workshop attendees. This ensures we create a safe space for participants and community members. While we do ask attendees to sign a Media Release Form, we do need to specifically ask speakers and participants their permission to invite a guest to “sit in” on discussions.

Other Queries

I teach a course and am interested in consulting the IndigiData syllabus to use in my class. Would you share your syllabus?

The knowledge and information provided during the IndigiData workshop represents the collective contributions of over a dozen Indigenous perspectives from colleagues and communities. It would be extractive and colonial for us to provide access to these materials without the consent of Indigenous scholars and experts.

We also ask that you do not use our Faculty list to send unsolicited requests to access Indigenous knowledges and expertise without first establishing good relations. The materials on this website were created for the purposes of creating an inclusive space for Indigenous students.

We politely ask that non-Indigenous decolonial scholars read Tuck and Yang’s article, Decolonization is Not a Metaphor.