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Oceti Sakowin resources assist educators

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards were designed to increase knowledge of tribal history, government and culture in South Dakota and to promote cultural understanding. This short video talks about why it’s important to bring the standards to our students, both Native and non-Native.

Much work has been done to connect the Oceti Sakowin standards with the state’s social studies standards. Teachers can access disaggregated social studies standards with their Oceti Sakowin connections – facilitating the process of incorporating both sets of standards into the classroom.

From lesson plans to video interviews with elders, another great resource is wolakotaproject.org, a joint effort of TIE and the Department of Education.

DOE and TIE will host trainings for 4th grade teachers based on the Oceti Sakowin standards, called “The OSEU for Fourth Grade Teachers – Creating Culturally Responsive Classrooms.” Trainings will be held in Rapid City, Dec. 3, and Sioux Falls, Dec. 5. Register at GoSignMeUp.


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