EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Embedding Indigenous Values in K-12 Indigenous Education Curriculum Standards--South Dakota & the Oceti Sakowin Project

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EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable: Culturally Responsive Standards for Indigenous Students: Oceti Sakowin
Jan 15 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

3:30 PM EDT

2:30 PM CT

1:30 PM MT


This EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable will bring together various stakeholders to highlight how the Oceti Sakowin (“Seven Council Fires”) guidelines for living and learning were embedded into K-12 Indigenous education curricular standards in South Dakota—particularly in the Rapid City Area School (RCAS) District and Black Hills State University’s (BHSU) American Indian Education courses, serving as a model for other K-12 school districts and universities for implementation of culturally responsive policy and practices with particular attention to Indigenous populations.


In this EquiLearn Virtual Roundtable, participants will:

• Engage in conversations with key stakeholders about implementing the Oceti Sakowin standards in South Dakota K-12 education

• Build upon current Indigenous standards implementation efforts in K-12 education through resource sharing

• Develop school implementation plans for Indigenous education standards that are specific to participants’ geographic and sociopolitical contexts.



The 2007 Indian Education Act mandated the development of course content for curriculum and coursework in South Dakota American Indian history and culture. As a result of this mandate, the South Dakota Office of Indian Education pursued funding in order to begin the development of materials.

In 2008, the Indian Land Tenure Foundation awarded a grant to the South Dakota Office of Indian Education to begin the Oceti Sakowin Project. Many talented and passionate educators worked together to develop the Oceti Sakowin Core Concepts. The Essential Understandings and Standards, was developed by a smaller work group. The project was completed in July 2011, and approved by the South Dakota Board of Education.

[South Dakota Department of Indian Education]