SDPB Native American Studies
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Oceti Sakowin - The People of the Seven Council Fires

Rating: TV-G

The story of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples, also known as the Sioux.

Oceti Sakowin

Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires

For six-hundred years we have lived under the misconception that Columbus discovered America. What he did was stumble on a land already occupied by many people and many nations. In the center of that land were a people who call themselves Oyate: "the People". This is their story, in their words. Original music composed and performed by Lakota artist, Kevin Locke. running time: 59 minutes
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Bridging the Gap: Native American Education

Due to cultural differences and socio-economic conditions, the challenges facing Native American students are many. This video/teaching tool offers insight into the problems and possible solutions for educators of Native American young people. running time: 24:14 minutes (View Online - Use Explorer Browser) (Credit List)

Workshop Facilitator's Guide for teacher In-service Presentations

The Ocheti Sakowin and Bridging the Gap programs are meant to be used in in-service situations to promote strategic thinking about how to address the specific needs of Native American students as well as curriculum-level thinking and planning about when, where, and what to teach. The purpose of the guide is to offer workshop facilitators a variety of options for using the programs in teacher workshops. (Workshop Guide)

Oglala Mythology
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Reading List
Common Lakota Terms Table
Song Translations
Dakota Pathways: A History

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Funded by a grant from SD Department of Education

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