Monthly Archives: August 2011
In the Early 1900’s the slaughter of thousands of the wild mustangs of the Lakota by the US government was one more attempt to crush the spirit, culture and life of a noble people.
In the heart of the United States lies Pine Ridge reservation, the poorest area within the US, a community dying of broken promises, neglect, and poverty. Their statistics are those of a third world country. Fewer than 38% of their children graduate from high school. The average life expectancy is just 47 years, driven by dire poverty, unemployment above 80 percent, poor health and nutrition, a lack of housing and basic utilities, and tragically high rates of alcoholism, drug abuse and suicide.
“The Lakota people stand at a precipice. If something doesn’t change now we will soon just be pages in history books.” Lakota Educator, Pine Ridge reservation.
International and U.S. educators are working with the Lakota people on the creation of Sunka Wakan. Sunka Wakan is a project of The Academy of the Fox Cities, a 501 c 3 not-for-profit organization with the goal of providing premium life-changing educational opportunities for all students. The final vital step in the creation of Sunka Wakan is to raise awareness and the needed funds. This is a groundbreaking, innovative model of K-12 education that will address the dire and urgent need of the Lakota people. Sunka Wakan reinvents education for the Lakota. Sunka Wakan is built around the philosophy of grounding Lakota children in their traditional history, culture, and language while delivering the highest international standard of core curriculum education…a level of academics that, to this point, has not been made available to the Lakota Nation. Sunka Wakan directly addresses many of the barriers to survival and self-sufficiency faced by Lakota children as individuals … and by the Lakota Nation as a whole.