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Oglala Lakota Youth

Three Oglala Lakota kids taste test items from a gardenThe Red Cloud Indian School (Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa) in the Pine Ridge, SD is using their Farm to School program to provide opportunities for Oglala Lakota youth in grades K-12 to connect with their tribe’s traditional knowledge and culture. “We’re working on rebuilding our local food system and doing so with intention and regenerative practices,” notes Farm to School Coordinator Katie Chustak. “We’re trying to get nutritious foods in the cafeteria, classroom, and to student’s homes, while also incorporating traditional plant knowledge.”

You can earn more about how the Red Cloud Indian School is concurrently tackling food sovereignty and celebrating traditional Lakota foods and production techniques by visiting the school’s website. 

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The Red Cloud Indian School (Maȟpíya Lúta Owáyawa) in the Pine Ridge, SD is dedicated to helping Oglala Lakota youth reclaim the traditional Lakȟóta language. While Red Cloud’s youngest learners participate in a full language immersion program, other students have the opportunity to practice Lakȟóta in the garden. Check out this list of Lakota Garden Terms provided by Red Cloud’s Farm to School Coordinator Katie Chustak.

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