Thursday, June 8, 2023 – Taking control of tribal educational narrative

The Oceti Sakowin Community School just graduated its first class in Rapid City, S.D. The private school teaches Lakota history, culture, and language in a state that tribes and others say is watering down instruction about Native history and issues. In some other places, tribes are working collaboratively with public education officials to make sure Native issues are adequately represented.


Mary Bowman (Standing Rock Sioux), founder and head of Oceti Sakowin Community Academy

Samantha Cholewa Tondreau (Mohegan), Director of Curriculum and Instruction for The Mohegan Tribe

Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke), education director at The Institute For American Indian Studies and a traditional storyteller