Institutional Review Board

NICC’s Institutional Review Board

Research at, or sponsored by Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC), will be well designed and properly executed. All researchers will abide by ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. All researchers will respect the cultures of the sovereign nations from whom we are chartered (i.e., Santee Sioux Nation and Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa) and all Indigenous peoples when designing and carrying out proposed research. All researchers will follow the guidelines and procedures for protection of human subjects outlined by NICC and carried out by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). NICC (2021) IRB Standard Operation Procedures Data collection cannot begin without IRB approval. Research results will be shared with Nebraska Indian Community College. 

2023-24 IRB Application Review Dates  

  • August 3rd, 2023
  • November 3rd, 2023
  • January 9th, 2024
  • April 4th, 2024
  • June 7th, 2024

Application packets are due no later than that Friday before the meeting. 

Applicant Responsibility:

1) Complete NICC IRB Application. Any required parts of the protocol such as informed consent form or an interview protocol instrument must be attached to the application. 

2) Email completed application, with attachments to the IRB Chair(s) for review.

Co-Chairs: Vanessa Hamilton ( and Dr. Maeghan Murie-Mazariegos (

3) Secure IRB approval before data collection begins.

Recommended Process as stated on page 22 of Hamilton, LeCount, Parker Cariaga & Sudbeck (2019)

1) Collaborate with members from the community.

2) Present proposal to appropriate Tribal Council. (Recognize and affirm that each sovereign nation may have their own unique protocols. That is to say, sovereign nations have the inherent right to self-determination.)

3a) Submit IRB proposal to tribal college and/or tribally affiliated institution (i.e., NICC IRB).

3b) If applicable, submit documentation of approved IRB proposal to additional IRB at additional affiliated institution.

4) Once approved, present research to those involved for guidance on interpretation of results and for approval prior to dissemination and publication of results.

Committee Members

If you are interested in becoming a member of NICC's IRB, please contact the co-chairs to take part in the CITI Program- Basic Members course under NICC's affiliation.

What We Are Reading...

Hamilton, V., LeCount, C., Parker Cariaga, N. & Sudbeck, K. (2019). Research on vs. research with: 21st century cross-cultural collaboration and American Indian education. Great Plains Quarterly, 29(1): 17-24.

* This manuscript was written by four colleagues at NICC. This manuscript won the 2020 Leslie Hewes Award for the best Social Science article in Great Plains Research for the 2019 publishing year.


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