WoLakota Project


“WoLakota” implies balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in high-need schools, pairing trained mentor-teachers with new teachers and providing Courage to Teach circles to tend to the ʻheartsʼ of each. Mentors support the embedding of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) into practice, complementing standards in any content area. The OSEU address the achievement gap of American Indian students by embracing their identity, and promote cultural understanding among non-native students and teachers. Lakota Elder Dottie LeBeau states, “When we approach teaching with one worldview…we create systems of failure in our schools.” WoLakota closes the circle into a system of understanding and success.

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SD Indian Education Director, Mato Standing High on the WoLakota Project

Elder Lydia Whirlwind Soldier on respecting differences in our SD schools
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The WoLakota Project is a partnership between
TIE and the SD Department of Education

2 thoughts on “WoLakota Project

  1. Hi!
    I have had the pleasure of participating with your web site through my INED 580 education course at BHSU. I am 53 and have lived in the area for 24 years, now transitioning into teaching. I also am volunteering at the Club for Boys in RC. I was struck by the fact that this is possibly the largest daily massing of Lakota young people off the reservation in the state. Your organization needs young Lakota to carry on the Traditions, these young people need someone to care…. I checked with the director, and he would welcome any participation. So, I am contacting you the Elders about some members of your tiyospaye who are cultural orphans, but would love to belong. If there is anything I can do to facilitate initiating this process, please do not hesitate to contact me. Have a great summer.
    Mike

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