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.”

SWO RO Brochure

SWO RO Oyate Guide Brochure

Research Guidelines

SWO Research Office ELR Guide


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)

Questions to Ask When Deciding Whether to Volunteer For Research

It’s important for our tribal members to know what to expect before you decide whether to participate in research. Don’t be afraid to ask the research team for more information and talk with them about your concerns. It’s their job to give you the information you need.

Additionally, it is essential for our tribal members, and all research participants, to know their rights as volunteers of research studies. Please remember you can always contact the SWO Research Office with questions and/or concerns before, during, and after a research study is being conducted.

The Office for Human Subjects Protections (OHRP) has created a printable list of questions to consider when deciding whether to participate in research. These questions may help you learn more:

  • about the research,
  • what would happen during the study,
  • any risks involved to you by participating in the research,
  • how your privacy and confidentiality will be protected,
  • any financial considerations,
  • and other considerations.
Tribal Considerations

In addition to the OHRP printable list, the SWO Research Office has created some additional questions, from a tribal member perspective, to consider when asking the research team for more information.

Tribal Member Considerations