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Bringing the hope of Christmas to children who wouldn’t have it otherwise.
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Bringing the hope of Christmas to Lakota children :)

    Zintkala Oyate, a founder of Oceti Wakan, has conducted 38 continuous years of the Spotted Eagle Sundance, the longest running in Lakota country. He has spoken in colleges and universities across the country on the timeless symbolism of the Seven Sacred Rites of the Lakota from  Spotted Eagle View and the importance of saving the Lakota language, as it is the very heart of the Lakota culture.


    Although we have worked with most of our schools to promote Lakota language and culture, we need a real educational & ceremonial center where we can share with classes the time needed to learn the culture, timeless Lakota virtues, values, arts, and skills to be a better human being, to heal the past, and make a better future for the generations to come.  Help make our vision become a reality.


    Oceti Wakan has spent the last 25 years in developing educational materials on the Lakota language, the Lakota culture, and prevention materials on making heathier choices from a Lakota View. These books and CDs were created to help our Lakota people and to be shared with all peoples. Visit our Product pages one and two.

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Canteyuke – “To have a heart”

Generosity (Canteyuke) – “To have a heart” is the literal translation of this Lakota word which is a timeless virtue residing in the heart. True generosity has always been encouraged and exemplified in Lakota society while accumulating material possessions was greatly discouraged. As our Earth Mother gives everything, we should in turn do the same. True generosity embodies love and the understanding of impermanence.

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ABOUT Oceti Wakan

Oceti Wakan is a non profit organization on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.


Oceti Wakan 
P O Box 1958
Pine Ridge, SD 57770

Email : oceti@gwtc.net



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