Office of Indian Education

Nov/Dec 2019 Newsletter

Local Native American Artist visits Cleveland Elementary

Kathy Deng, our Native American Connections or NAC Facilitator at Cleveland Elementary sent some pictures for us to share at the Parent Committee meeting in November. A local Native American artist, Jennifer White visited and painted with students during Art. Look at all the smiles!


Friday, Dec. 13th, 6pm

930 East 6th Street

Sioux Falls, SD

The Parent Committee would like to invite you to the 2nd Annual Holiday Gathering at Whittier Middle School at 6:00pm. The main dish and beverages will be provided and we will also have a voluntary potluck. Our School Board President Cynthia Mickelson is scheduled to attend. Please RSVP below or email us at

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Oceti Sakowin standards included in 4th Grade Social Studies

The NAC Facilitator at Harvey Dunn, Amy Knutson, also announced some great news effective this school year! In collaboration with Anna Keller, the NAC Elementary Coordinator, Amy reported that the Oceti Sakowin standards and Native American History were implemented in all 4th grade social studies curriculum. Amy said that the the correct term for the different Tribes are taught, such as Lakota. "We are moving away from using the term Sioux." Amy said. The Office of Indian Education is proud of the work that our staff is doing this year and we are excited to watch our curriculum grow in years to come. We look forward to report progress to the families that we serve in the SIoux Falls School District.

The first edition of the Mitakuye Oyasin Newsletter this year was unveiled in November. Thanks to LHS students and staff for inviting Office of Indian Education! We are proud of all those who contributed!

Pictured below left to right: Naven Foote, Noah Whiteshirt, Lancelot Wells, Carius Marks, Elizabeth Marks, Isabel Ferguson
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The background picture is the NAC Display case at Roosevelt High School. Pilamaya to our awesome NAC and Language teacher Bobby Johnson.