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Indigenous-Centered, Indigenous-Led

A Lakota-centered educational setting, provides Indigenous learners with a strong sense of identity, confidence, and ability to navigate any system they encounter…because they know who they are.

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A good Lakota leader nurtures and guides everyone toward the vision, lays ego aside to understand the power of shared leadership.

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Our teachers, where possible, should be Lakota or Indigenous. They should have education and/or cultural experience.

Daily Schedule for OSELC learners

Indigenous Pedagogies

Lakota-centered schools cannot simply replicate the same pedagogical approaches found in traditional (dominant) K-12 institutions and sprinkle them with language and culture.

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Indigenous Instruction

Learners show up with vast funds
of knowledge that should be reflected in their learning.

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