Research Office




The current mission of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Research Office is to enhance the tribal research infrastructure by continuing to build the research review capacity, education through community engagement, and exercising tribal sovereignty through research data management. The main objective of the Tribal Research Office is to improve the overall status of all Tribal members through relevant, tailored, and culturally sensitive research as outlined in in the SWO Code Chapter 77 – “SWO Research Code.”

Informational Videos for Research Participants

The Office for Human Research Protections (or OHRP) has created a series of short videos with basic information about research. These videos are intended to help potential participants understand how research works, what questions they should consider asking, and things to think about when deciding whether to participate in a study.

Part 1: What is Research?

This video provides basic information about scientific research, the goals of research, and discusses how clinical research differs from medical care. (3:00)

Part 2: Clinical Trials

This video discusses types of human research with a focus on clinical trials, and explains common terms that potential participants should know. (4:20)

Part 3: Questions to Ask

This video emphasizes that participating in research is voluntary and encourages potential participants to ask questions and get the information they need to decide whether to participate. (4:44)

Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

This video explains the concept of Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), which review certain research studies involving human volunteers to ensure that the studies meet ethical standards and regulatory requirements. (6:45)

Participating in Social & Behavioral Health Research

This video provides basic information about social and behavioral health research and what makes it different from clinical research. (6:05)