TANYAN YAHI PELO
"It is good you have arrived!"
Empowering People | Strengthening Families | Building Community
As Lakota, we believe we are all related and it is our duty to create a better world for future generations. Here at Sicangu CDC, we work to empowering people, strengthening families, and building community - Lakota style.
Our Food Sovereignty Initiative works to create sustainable systems of food and empower tribal members. Our seasonal farmers' market provides opportunities for tribal entrepreneurs, increases the availability of fresh, healthy foods, and supports community-building by serving as a positive gathering space.Our Lakota Food Ways project focuses on reviving traditional Lakota food knowledge and youth engagement, through workshops, demonstrations, and community education efforts. We lead activities in wild food harvests, buffalo harvests, and more. Established in 2014, our Keya Wakpala Community Garden is a one-acre teaching and market garden site located near Turtle Creek Crossing Superfoods. Its mission is to model small-scale production and to provide local and nutritious food to the Sicangu Oyate. The garden was recently awarded a grant to build a greenhouse and a high tunnel. Check out our blog for recipes, gardening tips, and more!
Our Housing Initiative is our newest! We want to explore what a the 21st century tipi means and looks like. Stay tuned for updates in this initiative!
One of our newer initiatives, the CDC Health Initiative works toward the physical, emotional and spirtual well-being of tribal citizens. Recently, the Health Initiative has worked toward COVID-19 relief, providing Elder Kits to elders in the community. Kits included items such as traditional medicines, personal protective equipment, medical supplies, gardening tools, seeds, and ingredients for family meals. The Health Initiative continues to expand their impact; check out our blog for updates!
For generations, Lakota people had a strong education system that effectively conveyed practical skills and knowledge, shared cultural values, and instilled a sense of self-worth and identity. The Sicangu Education Initiative is working to revitalize these principles of Lakota education within a modern context. Our first project, Wakanyeja Tokeyahci Wounspe Tipi (Children First Learning Center), is a Sicangu Lakota language immersion school opening doors in September of 2020. When children see themselves and their culture in the curriculum, it affirms their identities. Indigenous children deserve indigenous education.