The Sicangu Lakota Education Department maintains strong working relationships with all local educational institututions and charters. We coordinate with the local BIE agency and the South Dakota State Department of Education.
Our goal is to provide the opportunity for all tribal students to obtain their high school education and become self-supporting citizens of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. We offer higher education scholarships and assistance for a post secondary education and/or training. The Education Department staff are committed to assisting students, families and schools in obtaining a quality education of our tribal citizens.
In 2007, the Rosebud Sioux Tribe implemented a Lakota Language Preservation Project for the development of a commuinity language education program that is vital to the preservation of the Sicangu Lakota Language, History and Culture. In 2016, this iniative was transferred to the RST Childcare Project @ 605 747-5264
It is the vision of the RST Education Department that our schools and communities provide a culturally appropriate education to all Sicangu children and that our students obtain a high school education and become productive tribal citizens of the Sicangu Lakota Nation.
It is the mission of the Sicangu Lakota Education Department to preserve, protect and perpetuate the Rosebud Sioux Tribe; To promote intra-governmental understanding and coordination and to make education a good experience and a good preparation for life.
The RST Education Department was created in 1989 to provide oversight of the educational institutions on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and implementation of the RST Education Code. The Code was developed under a Kellogg Grant in partnership with the Native American Rights Fund.
We are funded by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe for the operation and staffing of the Department. The Lakota Tiwahe Center, Higher Education Scholarship Program and the Truancy Intervention Program are funded under Tribal 638 programs to provide the student and family services.