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

Lakota Youth Development 

Youth Entrepreneurs offer New Products

Check out these products:Honey, Lip balm, Candles, Traditional Dolls, Sweetgrass braids, Authentic Parfleche Ornaments- handmade by our youth.

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Check out LYD's Youth Channel for instructions on how to sew your own CDC approved face masks! Click here to see more!

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!

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Support Our Work!

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.

  • 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



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   


Chaperone Training

Bow and Arrow

Summer Harvest

Spring Medicine

Hunting Safe Certification

Fall Hunt


Maţo Tašuŋka Wakiŋyaŋ Okolakičye

Bear Horse Thunder Society for Young Men

Womaske ye Waste Walakin Nahan

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.



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Contact Us

office : (605) 654-2050


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.