Welcome To

North Dakota Compass

By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

New resources

  • New! State Legislative District profiles
  • Updated Trends
  • November's Newsletter
  • Community Building Toolkit located in the header under Toolkits
  • In November's For Discussion article, Dr. Cheryl Ann Kary (Hunkuotawin) discusses the L/N/Dakota model of communication and how it differs from the "mainstream" model. In the Ask a Researcher column, Randal Coon fills us in on the North Dakota Tribal Colleges and what they do for the State.
  • Geo Profiles which includes a compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website.

Stay informed

Enter your email to sign up for our e-newsletter


Are you part of an initiative or collaboration working to improve any of these issues in your area?

Have you read a recently published report or discovered a useful web site on any of these topics?

Please let us know.

For Discussion


Talking Indian: A L/N/Dakota Model of Oratory
Cheryl Ann Kary (Hunkuotawin) is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Mary, as well as Masters Degrees in Management and Business Administration. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Public Discourse from the University of North Dakota. Kary has served as a Curriculum Development Specialist at the Native American Training Institute, the Research Director at United Tribes Technical College, and the Executive Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Kary is currently a Bush Foundation fellow, working on a survey of off-reservation American Indians in the Bismarck-Mandan area. She has worked in and with Tribal communities and populations for the majority of her career, especially for Native American youth and elders. In addition to professional responsibilities, Kary advocates for Native people and Tribes in a variety of volunteer efforts. She is the mother of four children; Dalayne, Trevan, Tayson, and Tallon.

Ask a Researcher

photoNorth Dakota's Tribal Colleges Contribute to State's Economy

Randal Coon is a research specialist with NDSU's Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics. He presents results of a study that measures the impact of the five Tribal Colleges and their students on North Dakota’s economy.

Different Ways to Use ND Compass

Program Planning with ND Compass

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends


Compass news

ND map

HOW To Use This Site

You can explore the website in multiple ways: by topic, by geography and by community capitals.

  • Click on a topic located in the black bar at the top of the page
  • Click on a key measure to see graphs, maps, charts, and tables related to a specific indicator
  • Scroll over the “Breakdown” menu to see what specific characteristics and geographies are available
  • To find data sources, definitions, or qualifications, go to the "View" drop down menu and choose "Data & notes"
  • Find links to additional data sources under More Measures
  • Find links to projects and organizations relevant to the topic under Ideas at Work
  • Find reports and publications under Library



If you would like additional instruction, please read the May 2013 Ask A Researcher: Learn how to make the ND Compass website work for you.

Also, please see our videos on different ways you can use ND Compass.
Program Planning or Development

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends

OUR sponsors


Bush Foundation

Otto Bremer Foundation

Dakota Medical Foundation

North Dakota State University


Spread the word

We encourage you to promote North Dakota Compass to others who are looking for credible, unbiased information to improve their communities. Please consider linking from your site to North Dakota Compass, and promoting this resource to others. Widgets, logos, and other useful tools can be found in the toolbox.

North Dakota Compass

North Dakota Compass

Compass created by:
Wilder Research

© 2013. All rights reserved.