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
LYD invited to participate in "Remembrance Day" Activities in Italy
Three LYD Representatives were sent to Florence Italy to witness the first ever Day of Remembrance for Indigenous Peoples of North America (Turtle Island). This event was an acknowledgement of the genocide of indigenous peoples and the struggles that indigenous peoples still face today across Turtle Island by the government of Tuscany. The week's long events was sponsored by the City of Florence and Wambli Gleska - a non-profit organization that teaches Lakota culture to Italians. LYD and Wambli Gleska have been partners for several years as we work together to bring intercultural tourism and apprenticeships opportunities to Italians and Lakota people.
Listen to SD Public Radio Interview with our Executive Director, Marla Bull Bear.
South Dakota Tourism Training
LYD has been selected for a unique opportunity to be a site for the Discover America Tour through Trafalgar Tours starting in 2023. On November 5th, our staff will work South Dakota Tourism and George Washington University on developing this cultural heritage experience for our visitors. We are excited for the opportunity to have even more visitors to learn about our organization and culture.
Language Immersion Sessions
Since March 2021, our staff member have been attending weekly Lakota language immersion sessions instructed by Joseph Marshall III, our Board of Directors President and native speakers of Lakota. This is an important first step in reaching our organizational goal of having a completely language and cultural immersive environment for our youth. So far, our staff has learned about 200 words in Lakota and very basic sentence structure.
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
DEVELOPED ~ LED ~ OPERATED by OUR YOUTH!
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.