Long live the Gray wolf! It’s not anyone’s right to “Kill All The Wolves” because the Gray wolf is: the forest, the grassland, the mountain, the river, the White-tailed deer, the elk, the beaver, & much more. What the Gray wolf is not: is part of human’s hatred born out of greed to conquer what is wild & Free. ~Rachel Tilseth
Featured photograph is of sun setting at camp
Generations Indigenous Ways is a community based Native nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering American Indian youth with the knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education enhanced by Oglala Lakota values and way of life using Indigenous Sciences. Click HERE to make a donation
About Generations Indigenous Ways
We provide year-round education programs for American Indian students from the large land base of the Seven Council Fires, which covers the state of South Dakota. We are
Generations Indigenous Ways offers a K-12th grade Indigenous Science curriculum that incorporates Oglala Lakota Culture and Western Sciences. This curriculum is derived from the Medicine Wheel Model that was established by the successful outcomes of the Native Science Field Centers at Hopa Mountain and on the Blackfeet Reservation.
The goal of the Lakota Summer Science Field Institute is to motivate youth to discover and explore science, technology, engineering, and math. Youth will learn how physics, mathematics, and the scientific method are required and used in designing a traditional
– “Lakota Physics Camp” June 5-9, 2017
– “Journey through the our Ancestral Lands”
June 26-29, 2017 & July 3-6, 2017
After School Program
Our afterschool program is called: “Ithacan Kigali” -Creating Leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The programming is modeled to teach leadership skills, as well as, fundamental aspects of college preparation.
The current locations are at the American Horse School in Allen, SD and the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee, SD.
Topics and Activities include:
Wolakota (Oglala Lakota way of life) Leadership (Oglala Lakota Kinship)
Community involvement-Service Learning Projects
Native Medicinal Plants
Oglala Lakota Traditional Foods
Astronomy (Creation stories, constellations, special sky events)
Geology (Creation Stories, Lakota land uses)
Equine Sciences (Lakota Horsemanship)
Oglala Lakota Physics (Archery, Lodge building, Fluvial Morpholo
Executive Director – Helene Gaddie~~~
I first met Helene Gaddie, one of the founders, while teaching art at Little Wound School on Pine Ridge in 1992. Helene, an 8th grader at the time, exhibited leadership qualities, and has proven her ability to lead youth by developing this remarkable “Generations Indigenous Ways” science and culture program for k12 youth. Please take the time to read and view their video. Then, please support them with a donation.
Rachel Tilseth ~ author of WODCW Blog
WisconsinAct31.org in PK-16 Education
Act 31 on the UW Campus
The Act’s greatest impact on programs at the University of Wisconsin, is that each teacher seeking a license from the state must have instruction in American Indian history, culture and tribal sovereignty, Meeting the requirement of Act 31 is more than an obligation for certification; it represents our university’s commitment to serve our diverse communities and the American Indian tribes and bands who reside within its borders. The Act 31 Coordinator connects with various partners in the School of Education and across the State of Wisconsin to develop the Act 31 implementation plan for the School of Education. (Source)
Aaron Bird, Interim Assistant Dean, Recruitment and Retention Specialist of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin at the monthly AES lecture in Madison – Photograph Effigy Mounds Initiative
Act 31 Across Wisconsin
The state of Wisconsin was charged with creating a curriculum for grades 4-12 on American Indian treaty rights. It included a mandate for school programming to give students an understanding of different value systems, cultures, and human relations.
Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures. (Source)
What is Wisconsin Act 31?
Where do we begin?