Tribes Call For Lakota-Based Education
by Associated Press
July 12, 2013 7:15 AM
Tribal members in South Dakota are calling for their own Lakota-based curriculum for students.
Education was one of the topics discussed at the final day of a three-day gathering of tribes in Rapid City.
Tuffy Lunderman is a council representative for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. He estimates that about 80 percent of Lakota children do not graduate from high school.
Lunderman is calling for a Lakota curriculum. He says tribes would still focus on core subjects like reading, writing and math but they would incorporate the subjects with Lakota language, spirituality and history.