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SD Department of Education Sept. 2016  

  Bringing Native American culture into your classroom

The Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings and Standards are state content standards intended to help guide South Dakota K-12 educators in teaching Native American history and culture. Oceti Sakowin [oh-CHEH-tee SHAW-koh-we] means “Seven Council Fires” and refers collectively to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people.

In summer 2016, a team of individuals, including Native American elders, reviewed and proposed revisions to the OSEU. This team also developed social studies lessons aligned to the OSEU. These lessons can be accessed on the WoLakota Project website.

Upcoming trainings will also help teachers weave the OSEU together with social studies standards to create relevant lessons for all students. These trainings will allow teachers to begin to look at and work with both the newly revised OSEU and newly adopted social studies standards. Graduate credit will be available. Trainings will be offered in Watertown and Rapid City.

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