In FY 1992, The RST Council allocated funds from the Consolidated Tribal Programs Grant from the BIA to the RST Education Department to develop a Truancy Intervention Program.
The TIP is very beneficial to the Education Department in identifiying high risk students and colloborating with tribal and local programs to assist in decreasing the drop out rates of our tribal students.
Attendance rates are very high amongst native students for various reasons which the Education Department views as unacceptable. Our TIP stafff operates at a maximum level in their work with students, families, schools and local agencies for education success of all tribal students. They work diligently to reinforce the committment by the RST in making education a high priority.
Through this Project, we are able to work closely with students , families and the schools to address the issues preventing them from learning and obtaining their education. Services include the following:
The Truancy Intervention Program accepts referrals to provide assistance for students. If you would like to submit a referral on a student, you can download a referral form. Please complete the form and turn it in to a staff member at the Education Department. Please click on the link at the bottom of this page to download and print a referral form.
The purpose of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s truancy laws are to ensure that we support families to make a Wakanyeja pi education a priority in our communities and tribal lands. The Tribe understands the many issues our families and Wakanyeja face day to day that undermines our Wakanyeja pi ability to overcome, and yet we demand that our Wakanyeja attend school everyday, regardless of those challenges. It is the Tribe’s intent to take an integral look at the causes of truancy and assist families with planning and resources. It is our hope that these truancy laws will help make our Wakanyeja successful in their schools and at home without penalizing or criminalizing
Any Wakanyeja who is (12) years but not (18) years of age residing on the Rosebud Reservation and within its territories, who does not attend a public or tribal school full-time when school is in session and has missed three (3) UNEXCUSED ABSENCES within a single month or six (6) unexcused absences in the current school year, will be considered Truant
Any Wakanyeja residing or domiciled on the Rosebud Reservation and within it’s territories
RST LES may detain (pending on parent notification) any child, between six (6) years and eighteen (18) years of age who fails to attend school in violation of RST Laws when;
1. The Wakanyeja is in public without parent during regular scheduled school days
2. Wakanyeja is in a private place without the permission of legal owner and the permission of parents during school hours
3. The Wakanyeja is in a vehicle without permission from parent or guardian during regular school scheduled school days
RST/Sicangu Lakota Education Department
(605) 747-5479 Fax
Lakota Tiwahe Center
Higher Education Program