About The Program
The American Indian College Fund supported a Lakota language and culture revitalization program, Cultivating Lakota Early Childhood Learning Opportunities in 2015 to 2016. Partnering with Sitting Bull College, the program sought to develop a scope and sequence of a pre-K Lakota immersion language curriculum, improve family engagement strategies, create an early learning language immersion assessment system, and strengthen the knowledge and skill of Lakota immersion language teachers. Focusing on early learning contexts, this program envisioned to create a long-term, sustainable plan for Lakota language and culture revitalization.
Cultivating Lakota Early Childhood Learning Opportunities is guided by three main objectives:
- Development of Lakota language immersion curriculum, enriched by family engagement
- Development of Lakota language immersion assessment aligned with curricular lessons
- Provide opportunities for teachers to engage in targeted professional development in language learning and development
This funded project will have intentional benefits and sustained impact on the Lakhól’iyapi Wahóhpi families, children and teachers at Sitting Bull College and beyond.
Our Programs Blogs
Articles and success from the College Fund programs team.
Building the College of Menominee Nation’s Capacity through Culture, Community, Connections, and Collaboration
In the spring of 2022, the American Indian College Fund awarded the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) the Ihduwiyayapi: Advancing Indigenous Early Childhood Education Grant for its teacher education program, which is a community-centered and multi-faceted approach to early childhood education that builds on CMN’s current capacity to teach and train early childhood educators to graduate with the skills to be fully equipped to teach the Menominee Nation’s littlest learners.
American Indian College Fund Hosts First Ever High School Equivalency Program Convening
The American Indian College Fund gathered staff and faculty from current high school equivalency (HSE) TCU partners to spend a couple days together sharing experiences and knowledge on supporting HSE students and programming.
Culturally Relevant Lessons with ECE Students Provide Healing Opportunities
During the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Stone Child College (SCC) received a TCU-Head Start partnership grant, To Come Together for our Children, to partner with three Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and the University of Montana-Western (UMW) to deliver...
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