WoLakota Project


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“Wolakota” means peace, balance and coming together. The WoLakota project supports students in high-need schools through guiding educators into better implementation of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU) via Culturally Responsive Practices. Implementation of the OSEU increases elements of Oceti Sakowin identity within the school environment and practice, supporting learning for native students and promoting deeper 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.
Elder Lydia Whirlwind Soldier on respecting differences in our SD schools
The WoLakota Project is a partnership between
TIE, the SD Department of Education and the SD Department of Tribal Relations

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OSEU Overview & IDM Lesson Construction

15 min Opening Introduction
15 min Tour of the WoLakota Project web resources
30 min Who Gets to Tell the Story? Joseph Marshall III
10 min Break
30 min Whole Group Overview of OSEU 1 Sacred Relatives
1 hour Overview of OSEUs (small group discussions)



30 min Final Discussion of Understandings (whole group, Q&A)

Lunch Break

3 hours Afternoon Lesson Planning


To Learn more about Inquiry Design Model (IDM) visit the IDM website: http://www.c3teachers.org/inquiry-design-model/

To create your own SD Social Studies & OSEU IDM lessons, download this blank Word doc template: South Dakota Social Studies & OSEU IDM Lesson Plan blank template

For handy, “At A Glance” instructions on the IDM template, download this .pdf document: IDM At A Glance Instructions