Our Newest Wellness Program: Walk Forward in Bravery: Life Skills for the Young Lakoka/Dakota/Nakota | Lakota Youth Education

Also New for 2022 : Walk Forward in Bravery: Life Skills for the Young Native American

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Zintkala Oyate, a founder of Oceti Wakan, has conducted 44 continuous years of the Spotted Eagle Sundance, the longest running in Lakota country. He has spoken in colleges and universities across the country on the timeless symbolism of the Seven Sacred Rites of the Lakota from  Spotted Eagle View and the importance of saving the Lakota language, as it is the very heart of the Lakota culture.

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We welcome you to explore this website and Oceti Wakan’s visions for improving the lives of this generation and future generations of our children and youth who are too often on a path to addiction, bad choices, depression and even suicide. One of the steps we’ve taken is the construction of a small building as the initial start of a Wellness Center. It now serves in a limited capacity as a healing and educational center of Lakota culture and language, the teaching of virtues and timeless Lakota values for our children parenting classes, talking circles, prevention tools for alcohol and drug abuse, life skills, drumming, quilting and other Lakota arts and crafts, among other things. You have an opportunity to help this expand into a multi-classroom facility with a bathroom and other necessary amenities.

First step of a Wellness Center construction

Zintkala Oyate putting prayers and tobacco into the cornerstone of the future Wellness Center.

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Canteyuke – “To have a heart”

Generosity (Canteyuke) – “To have a heart” is the literal translation of this Lakota word which is a timeless virtue residing in the heart. True generosity has always been encouraged and exemplified in Lakota society while accumulating material possessions was greatly discouraged. As our Earth Mother gives everything, we should in turn do the same. True generosity embodies love and the understanding of impermanence.

Bringing hope to children who wouldn’t have it otherwise.

ABOUT Oceti Wakan

Oceti Wakan is a non profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Oceti Wakan, P O Box 1958  
Pine Ridge, SD 57770
Tel: (605) 867-6045 / (605) 454-1489 cell




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