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

Lakota Youth Development 

Elder Guidance
Elder Guidance

Tipi Stay at Sunset
Tipi Stay at Sunset

Elder Guidance
Elder Guidance


Youth Entrepreneurs offer New Products

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

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Our 2021 Elder Symposium: A discussion on traditional medicines will be held June 6th from 10 AM - 6PM CST! Register via Zoom here!

Check out LYD's Youth Channel for more content! Click here to see more!

Rent Our Mechanical Bull or Rock Wall!

Great for parties, picnics, camps and more!

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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.