Reclaiming Lakota language, culture and spirituality by promoting education and healthy lifestyles for our youth through culturally based strategies.

Lakota Youth Development 

NEWS & EVENTS

Youth Entrepreneurs offer New Products

Check out these products:Honey, Lip balm, Candles, Traditional Dolls, Blankets, Sweetgrass braids, Authentic Parfleche Ornaments- handmade by our youth, local honey infused with wild harvested Lakota medicinals.

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Join us for a Talking Circle with Larissa FastHorse and the Cornerstone Theater Company RSVP to the event here!

Over 55 and looking for work? We want to your work site! For information about the program click here! Make sure to request LYD as your work site!

Rent Our Mechanical Bull or Rock Wall!

Great for parties, picnics, camps and more!

First Summer Camp of 2020 -

Spring Medicine Camp - June 8-11, 2020! Sign up today!

Check out our past articles and interviews! Read more!

Support Our Work!
Traditional Lakota Maske Dolls

Our weekend retreats provide our youth with intensive cultural activities while providing a safe drug and alcohol free environment.

 

  • Project Venture out of school programs for youth in South Dakota counties of Gregory, Todd, Mellette and Tripp.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES
YOUTH DEVELOPED- LED-OPERATED
EXPERIENTIAL CAMPS

Camps are based on traditional Wolakota values and are certified for Project Venture's Positive Prevention Model. Serving youth from Gregory, Todd, Mellette and Tripp counties in S.D.

  • SunkaWakan Otakuye - "Horse Wisdom" Lakota equine life skills are woven into each camp

  • 2020 Camps   

Leadership

Ceremonial Young Women

Chaperone Training

Bow and Arrow

Summer Harvest

Spring Medicine

Horse

Hunting Safe Certification

Fall Hunt

YOUTH SOCIETIES
 
  • Cultural Tourism

    • TIPI Stays

    • Camps, Hunting, Fishing, Riding, Hikes

    • Youth Performances and Presentations

    • Traditional art, dance, storytelling

    • Star Knowledge

 

  • Beekeeping & Honey Products -Online/wholesale

  • Restoration Garden- trail walks and Medicinal Herb product sales

  • Cultural Performances and Presentations

  • "Dear Friends" - Authentic Traditional Lakota Maske Dolls

 

Maţo Tašuŋka Wakiŋyaŋ Okolakičye

Bear Horse Thunder Society for Young Men

 

Oyate Sakowin Wikoskalaka Okomaskekiciye

7 Nations Young Women's Sisterhood Guild

 

Members utilize the Lakota society structure as a peer mentorship and leadership system to promote Lakota language development, increase participation in Lakota spirituality and ceremonies and live an alcohol and drug free life style.


 

 

Contact Us

office : Our office is currently under remodel so please call at

(605) 654-2175

Ask for LYD staff!

Connect!

Mail: Box 277

Herrick, SD 57538-0277

 

Office Location​​​​​​:

30122  352nd Ave

Herrick, SD 57538-0277

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Lakota Youth Development (aka Native American Advocacy Program) is a 501(c)3 Native non-profit organization.  Contributions are deductable as allowable by IRS law.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.