Lakota Youth Development 

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

Elder Guidance
Elder Guidance

Tipi Stay at Sunset
Tipi Stay at Sunset

Lakota Youth Development
Lakota Youth Development

Elder Guidance
Elder Guidance


Summer Apprenticeship Program

2 Positions to fill.                                                        Learn More!

Visit our underground garden

Designed by Grad Student from Brookings.

Built and maintained by our youth.                             Watch video!

Rent our mechanical bull or rock wall!

Great for parties, picnics, camps and more.

                                                                            Click to schedule

Our unique stories are getting noticed and shared!   Click to see more

Theater Camp Aug 16-19

San Diego playwright, Larissa Fast Horse will teach acting, costume design, re-enactments, re-telling our stories

Summer Camps 2021

Youth entrepreneurs offer new products

 Check out our Honey, Lip balm, Candles, Stickers, Sweetgrass braids, Authentic Parfleche Ornaments.                                 Shop now 

Check out our Youth Channel

Click here to see more!


Weekend Youth Retreats

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


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


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

  • 2021 Camps   

Leadership ~ Chaperone Training ~ Bow and Arrow

Spring Medicine ~ Summer Harvest

Hunting Safe Certification ~ Fall Hunt


Social Enterprises



  • 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


Maţo Tašuŋka Wakiŋyaŋ Okolakičye

Bear Horse Thunder Society for Young Men

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Young Women's Sisterhood Guild

Youth Leadership Societies are formed by participants in our cultural youth camps. They organize themselves in order to have a youth voice related to our alcohol and drug prevention programming. 


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.