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SDPBTatanka: A Way of Life | SDPB Documentary

The reclamation of identity, culture, and traditions are all involved with the reintroduction of buffalo. It is an inherent right for tribes to reintroduce and manage buffalo on their reservations to preserve their way of life.

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Tatanka: A Way of Life | SDPB Documentary
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Tatanka: A Way of Life | SDPB Documentary
Lost Bird of Wounded Knee - Massacre at Wounded Knee  
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Lost Bird of Wounded Knee - Massacre at Wounded Knee  
People of the Bison
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People of the Bison
Lakota Horse Symbols
Dakota Life
Lakota Horse Symbols
Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fire
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Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fire
Stories of the Horse
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Stories of the Horse
Live and Remember
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Live and Remember
A Dark Day - Massacre at Wounded Knee
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A Dark Day - Massacre at Wounded Knee
Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes | Lesson
The Warrior Tradition
Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes | Lesson
Lakota Horse Song
Dakota Life
Lakota Horse Song
Zitkála-Šá: Trailblazing American Indian Composer
American Masters
Zitkála-Šá: Trailblazing American Indian Composer
Extended Interview: Alfred Red Cloud
History Detectives
Extended Interview: Alfred Red Cloud
The First American Indian Doctor
American Masters
The First American Indian Doctor
Meet the famous medicine man of the Oglala Lakota people, Black Elk | SD Landscapes
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Meet the famous medicine man of the Oglala Lakota people, Black Elk | SD Landscapes
Landscapes of South Dakota: Red Cloud
Landscapes of South Dakota
Landscapes of South Dakota: Red Cloud
Landscapes of South Dakota: Crazy Horse
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Landscapes of South Dakota: Crazy Horse
Dakota Life | Native Garden
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Dakota Life | Native Garden
Savor Dakota: Indian Tacos -Vermillion
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Savor Dakota: Indian Tacos -Vermillion
Lone Star Quilts | Points of Pride: South Dakota's Quilting Heritage
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Lone Star Quilts | Points of Pride: South Dakota's Quilting Heritage
Dakota Life: Hermis Tall, Relay Rider
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Dakota Life: Hermis Tall, Relay Rider
Dakota Life: Lakota Artist Roots
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Dakota Life: Lakota Artist Roots
Wicoti Tiwahe - Family Camp
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Wicoti Tiwahe - Family Camp
The Giveaway: Conversations with Billy Mills
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The Giveaway: Conversations with Billy Mills
Women's Fancy Shawl Dance
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Women's Fancy Shawl Dance
Landscapes of South Dakota: Oscar Howe
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Landscapes of South Dakota: Oscar Howe
Bryan Akipa Performs at Lighting of "Dignity of Ea
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Bryan Akipa Performs at Lighting of "Dignity of Ea
Dakota Life: Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee
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Dakota Life: Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee
Savor Dakota: Honey Lodge
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Savor Dakota: Honey Lodge
Edible Landscapes
Savor Dakota
Edible Landscapes
A School's Spirit: St. Mary's Boarding School
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A School's Spirit: St. Mary's Boarding School
Men's Traditional
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Men's Traditional
Nellie Two Bulls
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Nellie Two Bulls
Meet one of the Sioux Messengers, Clarence Wolf Guts | Dakota Life
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Meet one of the Sioux Messengers, Clarence Wolf Guts | Dakota Life
Lakota Star Knowledge documentary excerpt
Marc Linn
Lakota Star Knowledge documentary excerpt
Sec. Haaland on the value of Native American representation
PBS NewsHour
Sec. Haaland on the value of Native American representation
Should Native Americans control national parks?
PBS NewsHour
Should Native Americans control national parks?
Why Native Americans are excited about the future
PBS NewsHour
Why Native Americans are excited about the future
Did Europeans Enslave Native Americans?
Origin of Everything
Did Europeans Enslave Native Americans?
The First Native American to Win the Pulitzer
American Masters
The First Native American to Win the Pulitzer
The Warrior Tradition
The Warrior Tradition
The Warrior Tradition
The Image of Native Americans
The Warrior Tradition
The Image of Native Americans
Native American Women in the Military | Lesson Plan Segment
The Warrior Tradition
Native American Women in the Military | Lesson Plan Segment
Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes | Lesson Plan
The Warrior Tradition
Image of Native Americans and Stereotypes | Lesson Plan
Exploring The West
The West
Exploring The West
"Civilization" and Native Americans
American Experience
"Civilization" and Native Americans
The Relocation of Native Americans
American Experience
The Relocation of Native Americans
The US Government's Education of Native American Children
American Experience
The US Government's Education of Native American Children
Greetings from Eagle Butte
Dakota Life
Greetings from Eagle Butte
Windigo: The Flesh-Eating Monster of Native American Legend
Monstrum
Windigo: The Flesh-Eating Monster of Native American Legend
President Jackson and the Indian Removal Bill
American Experience
President Jackson and the Indian Removal Bill
Indigenous survivor shares boarding school abuse experience
PBS NewsHour
Indigenous survivor shares boarding school abuse experience
Music Matters: Dallas Chief Eagle
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Music Matters: Dallas Chief Eagle
Music is Medicine
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Music is Medicine
A Reason to Dance 
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A Reason to Dance 
TAKUWE
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TAKUWE
Greetings from Mission
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Greetings from Mission
Miss Indian World | Dakota Life
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Miss Indian World | Dakota Life
Mission Equine Therapy | Dakota Life
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Mission Equine Therapy | Dakota Life
Mission of Food Sovereignty | Dakota Life
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Mission of Food Sovereignty | Dakota Life
Sicangu Heritage Center | Dakota Life
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Sicangu Heritage Center | Dakota Life
Step Into My Studio | Story Painters
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Step Into My Studio | Story Painters
In Memoriam: Kevin Locke
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In Memoriam: Kevin Locke
Dakota Life: Telling Our Own History
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Dakota Life: Telling Our Own History
Honoring elders and preserving Lakota identity
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Honoring elders and preserving Lakota identity
Our South Dakota - The Wounded Knee Ghost Dance Shirt
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Our South Dakota - The Wounded Knee Ghost Dance Shirt
Native Americans: An Uncommon History
Reconnecting Roots
Native Americans: An Uncommon History
South Dakota Tribal Relations Interim Meeting
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South Dakota Tribal Relations Interim Meeting
1982 Oscar Howe Documentary | SDPB Documentary
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1982 Oscar Howe Documentary | SDPB Documentary
Preserving the Sioux Language | Dakota Life
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Preserving the Sioux Language | Dakota Life
Native American Suffragettes | Simple Justice: Suffrage in South Dakota
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Native American Suffragettes | Simple Justice: Suffrage in South Dakota
Meet world renowned artist Oscar Howe | SD Landscapes
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Meet world renowned artist Oscar Howe | SD Landscapes

Red Horse's Winter Count - dates range from 1786-1872. Many small pictures are drawn, representing the most important event of each year.

Winter Count

A winter count is a pictographic record of historical/memorable events for a tiospaye (community). The site incudes lesson plans, videos, background information, and interviews. (Photo Taken at The Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum, St. Francis, SD)

Decorative artwork of a Native American woman walking into the wilderness, with many animals present, including birds, butterflies, and antelope.

Nellie Two Bulls

It is impossible to know how many lives Nellie Two Bulls has influenced. She was referred to as "Grandma Nellie" by thousands. (Archival Video)

Return of Horse Nation | Dakota Life

After the losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many children were dealing with mental health issues. Members of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe developed a horse program to help those children navigate their path to healing.


Welcome to SDPB’s Native American Studies section. We provide a rich array of educational content from Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires to documentaries like Lost Bird of Wounded Knee. On this site, you will find engaging educational resources. Thank you for visiting SDPB and have a great day!

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Competing for the Future | Dakota Life

Tashina Red Hawk won the rodeo queen honor for the second time in three years. Red Hawk has been riding and training horses since she was four. Her horses are like family to her.

SDPBMeet Korean War code talker Don Laudner

Meet Don Laudner, who served his county as a native-speaking code talker during the Korean War.

Tatanka (Buffalo) 

Intertribal Buffalo Council Cultural Harvest | Dakota Life

Intertribal Buffalo Council Board gathered in Flandreau, South Dakota, in July of 2023 to do a cultural buffalo harvest with the new harvest trailer. The trailer is a way to help tribes process buffalo on-site. 

Traditional Use of Tatanka (Buffalo)

This PowerPoint series includes a brief history of buffalo in South Dakota. Also, there are photos of buffalo parts, like a buffalo hide and tail. Your students are encouraged to guess the traditional use of the buffalo part and its location on the buffalo.

Tatanka: A Way of Life | SDPB Documentary

The reclamation of identity, culture, and traditions are all involved with the reintroduction of buffalo. It is an inherent right for tribes to reintroduce and manage buffalo on their reservations to preserve their way of life.

History of the Vore Buffalo Jump | Dakota Life

In this 2000 Dakota Life story, SDPB takes you to the Vore Buffalo Jump in the northwest Black Hills. A natural sinkhole that served for centuries as a bison trap. 

What characteristics make the American Bison suitable for the northern plains? | Dakota Life

As a species, Buffalo possess specific characteristics that make them well suited for life on the northern plains. In this Dakota Life story from 2000, we interview scientists who study the beasts. They tell us of characteristics unique to Bison.

Meet Oglala Lakota Artist Kevin Pourier who specializes in working with buffalo horn | Dakota Life

In this Dakota Life story from 2007, we meet Oglala Lakota Artist Kevin Pourier, who specializes in creating jewelry with buffalo horns.

Interactive Games from 7 Generation Games

South Dakota History Series 

Archival image of three Native Americans riding horses in the Badlands.

People of the Bison 

On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called People of the Bison. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more. 

Archival image of three soldiers at the Wounded Knee Massacre site loading Native American bodies onto a horse drawn wagon.  Additional soldiers are on horseback in the background.

A Dark Day - The Wounded Knee Massacre 

On this page you will find educational resources for the Dakota Pathways episode called A Dark Day. There is an episode guide, additional videos, activities, and more.

Lakota Star Knowledge - Dr. Craig Howe

Craig Howe is the Director of the CAIRNS

Creation Of Moon Phases

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Craig Howe is the Director of the CAIRNS

North Star Romance

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Craig Howe is the Director of the CAIRNS

Fallen Stars and Devil's Tower

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Craig Howe is the Director of the CAIRNS

Milky Way Spirit Path

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The Forest, The Treaty, And The Precedent For Returning Seized Land - Dr. Craig Howe 

Craig Howe is the Director of the CAIRNS

The Forest, The Treaty, And The Precedent For Returning Seized Land

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Three large stones on grass with creek in the background.

Three Stones: An Arikara Legend

Three seemingly ordinary stones sit on a hill above some cabins at the Oahe Sunset Lodge on Lake Pocasse, just west of Pollock, South Dakota.

Traditional Food - Healthy Cooking

About the Lakota Food Sovereignty Summit
Sicangu Food Sovereignty Initiative - Rosebud, SD 
Traditional foods are sitting on an older rustic table, the foods include a squash, berries, seeds, leaves, and sumac.

Learn about Indigenous Cuisine 

This collection of documentaries and programs explores stories of Native chefs and communities uplifting their Indigenous cultures through traditional cuisine and foodways. 

 

For more information about SDPB's educational resources and services contact Steven Rokusek at EdServices@sdpb.org or at (605) 222-3422

 

Traditional Native foods are the Key Ingredient in the Sioux Chef's Healthy Cooking
PBS NewsHourMinneapolis Restaurateur Revives Disappearing Native American Cuisine

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SDPBSavor Dakota: Honey Lodge

What began as 3 hives have turned into 50 and the Honey Lodge program on the Rosebud Indian Reservation has become a place where youth learn about the land, the importance of pollinators, and how to engage their entrepreneurial spirit.