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Office of Indian Education

This office was established to support initiatives in order that South Dakota's students and public-school instructional staff become aware of and gain an appreciation of South Dakota's unique American Indian culture. Overseeing the South Dakota Indian Education Advisory Council, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Department of Tribal Relations, the development and review the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings shall be conducted in alignment with the standards revision cycle established by the Board of Education Standards.


To promote a culturally relevant education for all students K-12 by advocating for the Oceti Sakowin history, culture, and way of life, within South Dakota public, private, and tribal schools.


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


Director: Fred Osborn - (605) 773-5975
Senior Secretary: Trista Olsen - (605) 773-2917

Office of Indian Education
South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations
711 E. Wells Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501