Lakota Youth Development
Reclaiming Lakota language, culture and spirituality by promoting education and healthy lifestyles for our youth through culturally based strategies.
NEWS & EVENTS & THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Theater Camp Aug 16-19
San Diego playwright, Larissa Fast Horse will teach acting, costume design, re-enactments, re-telling our stories
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.
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
Leadership ~ Chaperone Training ~ Bow and Arrow
Spring Medicine ~ Summer Harvest
Hunting Safe Certification ~ Fall Hunt
YOUTH DEVELOPED ~ LED ~ OPERATED
Camps, Hunting, Fishing, Riding, Hikes
Youth Performances and Presentations
Traditional art, dance, storytelling
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
Womaske ye Waste Walakin Nahan
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.