Summary: Lower Sioux envisions a continuum of vibrant, culturally grounded educational opportunities for children birth to post-secondary school that promotes their personal well-being as well as the well-being of the Community. This vision aligns with the tribe’s long-range Strategic Plan and Life-Long Learning Goal and builds on our recent language and early childhood education accomplishments. To build this effective, culturally grounded educational pathway for our children, Lower Sioux seeks to establish its first ever Tribal Education Department.
In addition to staffing the Education Committee, the new Tribal Education Department will fulfill two objectives over the next two years:
Objective 1) Develop and launch a system for gathering and tracking pre-K to post-secondary data to support the educational success for all members, ages birth to 25 years.
Objective 2) Develop a long-range strategic educational plan to sustainably expand culturally specific educational opportunities at Lower Sioux.
The 1.0 FTE Education Coordinator will play a critical role in this new initiative. In addition to assisting the Educational Committee, which meets, twice per month, the Education Coordinator will develop a pro-active educational database tracking and guidance system for children ages birth to 25 years. In addition, the Coordinator will assist an Educational Consultant to develop a community-based long-range educational plan for the Community. When complete, this plan be a practical three-to-five year guide that integrates the best of indigenous models and practices to support our youth and our community through education.