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A Community-Based Model of

Indigenous Education


Create legislation to support a community-based model of
Indigenous education.


Evidence of current data shows that our Indigenous students are far behind their non-Indigenous counterparts due to systems that are failing Indigenous youth.


Indigenous students in South Dakota will experience greater access to educational opportunities on the path to educational equity.

Priorities of the Coalition

The South Dakota Education Equity Coalition (SDEEC) has identified the following 5 Priority Areas of current focus. The priority areas have been identified based on community needs, member initiatives, and current projects in South Dakota. We welcome parents/guardians, educators, practitioners, advocates and community members to join us in this work.

Priority 1

Pass a school choice bill that focuses on the cultural and academic needs of Native American students in South Dakota.

Priority 2

Promote Indigenous education issues and educate policy makers, local leaders and community on those issues as they relate to education equity.

Priority 3

Statewide Title VI Indian Education Program compliance.

Priority 4

Support SD Office of Indian Education in advocating for the needs of Indigenous students as expressed by Oceti Sakowin students, families, and education practitioners.

Priority 5

Encourage, support and empower Title VI Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) and parents in their educational advocacy efforts on behalf of their children.

About the Coalition

We are a community of stakeholders who are committed to promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environments for future generations.

Vision Statement​

The SDEEC envisions a day when youth residing in the Indigenous territory of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota have access to innovative, equitable, and inclusive educational environments that leverage the diversity of languages and cultural identities represented.

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