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South Dakota partners with Smithsonian Institute

South Dakota’s Office of Indian Education is collaborating with the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian to compile a collection. Eventually many of these resources will be available to educators online.

Last month, a team of experts with the Smithsonian Institute, based in Washington, D.C., traveled to Pierre to meet with state and tribal education leaders. The Smithsonian’s goal is to provide quality resources to support regional efforts, and it plans to pursue partnerships with other states hoping to develop a similar program.

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards were developed by South Dakota’s Indian Education Advisory Council to define the core concepts essential to understanding and teaching the history and culture of the Native people of the Dakotas. The work began in 2008 and was completed in September 2011.

Contact Roger Campbell, Director of the Office of Indian Education, for more information.