RCAS hears plans for possible Oceti Sakowin community based schools

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8:45 PM MST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) -The Rapid City Area School board listened to a proposed bill that is heading back to Pierre after it failed in the House last year.

Senate Bill 66 passed the Senate unanimously before failing in House.

The bill is being reintroduced this year. The Oceti Sakowin community-based schools bill would design a network of community-based schools around the thoughts and philosophy of the Oceti Sakowin -- or 7 council fires of the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people.

If approved the hope is to help with an opportunity gap for Native students.

“Are creating opportunities for our students to thrive where they can be unapologetically Indigenous where the thought and philosophy of our people would be genius and grow and thrive in an environment in the values they see in their homes,” Sarah Pierce, Lead facilitator of SD Education Equity, says

Last year the bill had unanimous support from all 9 of the South Dakota tribes -- as well as the department of education.

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