Wóokiye Project

Wookiya Teachers & Schools, 2020-2021

Wóokiye Teacher Monthly Log Form

Wóokiye Teacher Orientation Courses

Wookiye Orientation Course Part 1: The OSEU

Wookiye Project: Orientation Part 2 Culturally Responsive Teaching

What is the Wóokiye Project?

The Wóokiye Project includes three pilot schools and 20 Wóokiye Teachers. These teachers will receive training this summer and will be participants in required monthly virtual meetings. Each will be paid $1500 for the year. The three pilot schools will also get schoolwide PD.

The project will began August 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year.

The goal of this effort is to create and implement a network of support that will help, aid, and assist teachers as they become proficient in using the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (OSEU), to provide additional support in creating resources that support OSEU standards, and to seek out schools and teachers that are currently implementing OSEU standards.

DOE leads and funds a State mentoring program to support first and second year teachers. The Wóokiye project is collaborating with DOE and TIE to provide training and support to three pilot schools with Indigenous student populations


  • Creating OSEU lessons and schoolwide plans
  • Modeling of culturally responsive classroom instruction
  • Culturally responsive training /cultural proficiency
  • Development of shared leadership/vision
  • Wóopȟe Sakowin training in culturally responsive classroom management

Additional Information


South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations Office of Indian Education

This office was established to assist the Secretary of Education, while working in conjunction with the Indian Education Advisory Council, to address the educational challenges that face American Indian students in South Dakota. It works to identify innovative strategies that aim to close the achievement gap between Native and non-Native students; promote educational models that are culturally relevant and where possible, create partnerships between the public school sector, the Bureau of Indian Education and tribal schools.


To promote educational equity through meaningful collaboration that supports and prepares Indigenous students on their educational journeys.


The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to collaborate and communicate with the Oceti Sakowin tribes of South Dakota, and to create a network of allies within the state and tribal governments with a shared commitment to the vision.