- The fact is, impact aid is offered to schools, for tribal students, but the truth is, many of the schools offer very little for cultural activities. Cultural teachers struggle for funding with activities and support that isn’t completely understood from non-Indian administrators. Funding for cultural activities are next to nothing. Now here is the next issue, maybe 45 minutes of the day, and 3 days out of the week is the set time that I’ve seen scheduled for students to learn the culture and language. This isn’t nearly enough time to provide proper teachings for students to retain the information flashed in front of them. Many elders and instructors say, the only way the language and culture could be saved, if it is taught at home. But the [Read more…]
My name is Joseph Brings Plenty, I want to enlighten you on the existing child issues here on the reservation and a way to assist with a new movement in strengthening our youths environment. In the past I’ve served in different capacities within child and human services on reservations in the state of South Dakota, specifically on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and Oglala Sioux Tribe. I have worked as a police officer for near a decade, a social worker investigating abuse and neglect cases for 4 1/2 yrs, a tribal chairman for 4 years and a counselor within the school systems of Wounded Knee District School and Takini School for the past two years. I find it hard to speak about myself, I’m humble and believe this is a part of our Lakota values but with this issue at hand, I will speak a little of myself in order to help you understand what social ills have stricken our people.