Learning Question Pages for classroom use:
Click on each title below to find interviews accompanied by “Learn About” and “Learn From” questions for use in classrooms, in small groups or for deeper personal exploration of each video. Not all videos are accompanied by questions.
Reservation Governments with David Bald Eagle
David Bald Eagle Becomes a Chief of the United Indigenous Nations
David Bald Eagle & the Selection of Chiefs of the United Indigenous Nations
David Bald Eagle Tells About His Schooling & Sports
David Bald Eagle Tells About His Hollywood Career
The Oceti Sakowin Circle with Stephanie Charging Eagle
Being a Vessel for Sharing with Stephanie Charging Eagle
Standing on the Prayers of My People with Faith Spotted Eagle
Women’s Societies with Faith Spotted Eagle
“White Man’s Education” with Jesse Taken Alive
Meeting the Needs of the “70%” with Jesse Taken Alive
Humility with Jesse Taken Alive
Oceti Sakowin Essential Understanding 7 Extended Description
The essential thought and philosophy of the Oceti Sakowin wicoun (way of life) is based on values that are centuries old. Communal way of life has ensured that the Oceti Sakowin will continue for generations to come. The foundation on which survival is based are the Oceti Sakowin values woohitika (bravery), wowacintanka (fortitude), wacantognaka (generosity) and woksape (wisdom).
The Oceti Sakowin are proud people with a rich heritage and many famous patriot chiefs. They were known to be hunters and eminent warriors of the plains and woodlands of present day Minnesota and South Dakota. Men gained prestige through exemplified values and virtues throughout their lifetime deeds, reflected in the honor of tribe and family. Women possessed family lodges and all it contained. A close knit family unit is central; the children are held as deep spiritual gifts.
Tribal values are intrinsically rooted in tribal sovereignty and land preservation. Today, tribal councils still place high value on revitalizing Oceti Sakowin wicoun (way of life). As economic interests frequently conflict with tribal tradition and culture, careful consideration is given to the types of businesses that the tribes allow onto reservations.
In an effort to address high unemployment rates, tribal councils are continually looking at economic development opportunities such as wind and solar energy, development of tribal lands, conservation of natural resources and tourism.
Education is at the forefront of these initiatives. Since 1970 Native nations banded together forming the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Beginning with two and four year programs, the higher learning offerings have expanded into graduate degrees and are on the threshold of offering doctoral programs. They offer degrees in a variety of areas such as: nursing, education, business administration, social sciences and Native American language and studies.
The Oceti Sakowin are still here, still proud, still strong and in the face of many injustices have entered this century with fortitude and with their values intact, to reinforce their beliefs in tribal life and with determination to overcome and build better lives for their children. (L. Whirlwind Soldier 2012)