We are developing seven years of curriculum (2nd grade to 8th grade) that will be known as Lifeskills for the Young Lakota for our children in order to help them develop the life skills necessary to have happy and successful lives. We will use a cultural approach that includes that of a medicine wheel to help them develop a healthy self identity.
On Mondays our lessons will be on the tools to develop a healthy physical body; Tuesdays our focus will be to develop the tools to have a healthy emotional body from tools to heal the trauma that is in their daily lives to ways to develop and maintain healthy relationships; Wednesday our focus will be the spiritual body by teaching about virtues and character traits and the important of service; and Thursdays our focus will be learning the tools to develop the brain and the mental body. Each week the child will go around the medicine wheel in their lessons that include corresponding activities in a workbook they will each eventually take home. Oceti Wakan has gotten a three year grant to do much of this work. It has partnered with a couple of our schools to test these curriculums as we develop them. Developing more funds to put into this project will advance the work faster as well as aid in the development of versions for other tribes.