Our purpose is exclusively for the preservation of a Nation
Our work is to:
- Foster the preservation and transmission of Nakota teachings
- Document traditional language, oral teachings, and social customs
- Provide support and re-instill the teachings of the Tipi
- Document and preserve traditional hunting and gathering teachings, skills and tools
- Train and develop leaders and practitioners of Nakota and TOPS traditions and teachings
It is essential that the work of preservation and documentation is done in the communities where the knowledge transmitted can have a real-world impact.
Studies conducted outside of communities may only have the impact of furthering academic research - this is not our purpose.
“Learning these ways has been life-changing. It's helped me find out who I am and is putting me in the right direction in life. I'm very thankful, I see myself getting better and happier the more I learn"
Our board and executive team is 100% Native, and the structure and bylaws of our organization follow the traditional model of the Oyate.