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Lakota students participate in Native American Studies

LaRayne, Lakota Studies Teacher, instructs a student on the proper way to create a dreamcatcher.

LaRayne, Lakota Studies Teacher, instructs a student on the proper way to create a dreamcatcher.

Did you know that October 12, 2015 is Native American Day in the state of South Dakota?

At St. Joseph’s, we celebrate through learning from educational resources that focus on the traditions and culture of Native Americans, specifically the Lakota (Sioux).

It is truly a day to celebrate the heritage and culture!

Even after Native American Day comes and goes, preserving and sharing Lakota culture is a core part of our mission at St. Joseph’s Indian School.

In addition to providing traditional ceremonies like inipi and our annual powwow, Native American Studies is considered an essential class for our students.

Children in grades one through eight attend a regular Native American Studies class where they learn the Lakota language, as well as their cultural traditions and proud heritage. High school students enjoy lessons in Native American traditions and culture through activities and curriculum in their campus homes.

Boys and girls are led in their Native American Studies by enrolled tribal members. The curriculum is rooted in culture and dedicated to helping children find understanding and healing through education.

Additionally, all children at St. Joseph’s Indian School have opportunities to participate in cultural activities through our dance and drum groups.

“My favorite class is Native American Studies because we learn about our culture, how to bead and how to dance. When I dance, I feel like no one can stop me!”
— Rebecca, St. Joseph’s Student
Jeshua leads St. Joseph's drum group.

Jeshua leads St. Joseph's drum group.

 

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