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2017-11-30 / Headlines

Lakota Girls School Seeks Donations

BY BRANDON ECOFFEY
LCT EDITOR


Above: The Pine Girls’ School is a privately funded educational institution that promotes traditional Lakota teachings while still providing students with the academic foundation to succeed in life. Above: The Pine Girls’ School is a privately funded educational institution that promotes traditional Lakota teachings while still providing students with the academic foundation to succeed in life. PORCUPINE – It is already hard enough for school administrators to find the funds to fill their budgets. It is even more of a challenge when the requests do not fit the normal criteria included in most school budgets.

The Pine Girls’ School is a privately funded educational institution that promotes traditional Lakota teachings while still providing students with the academic foundation to succeed in life.

“Through rigorous academics and a curriculum deeply rooted in Lakota traditions, the school aims to prepare the young girls for college while empowering them to be proud of their Native culture. Here at PRGS we hope to educate the girls to their fullest potential,” writes the school on its website.


Left: “This fund will also help the teachers and staff here provide experiences and materials as needed throughout the year. We hope to start a student incentive program, a music program, sports programs, etc. and continue to fill and equip our classrooms with quality tools to give the girls the very best that we can. As a private school our funding is always a process. The donations that we receive here will provide us with flexible and immediate support and will be greatly appreciated by all,” said the school on its GoFundMe page. Left: “This fund will also help the teachers and staff here provide experiences and materials as needed throughout the year. We hope to start a student incentive program, a music program, sports programs, etc. and continue to fill and equip our classrooms with quality tools to give the girls the very best that we can. As a private school our funding is always a process. The donations that we receive here will provide us with flexible and immediate support and will be greatly appreciated by all,” said the school on its GoFundMe page. The school is looking for help from the public to support several new learning opportunities for its students including traditional horsemanship curriculum.

“We like to bring in cultural experts from the community to help the girls learn our Lakota life ways. Sometimes those teachings and materials such as tipis and materials for their “becoming a woman” ceremony does not fit into a traditional school budget,” said Cindy Giago, Director of the School.

Although the horse is not indigenous to the plains, once it came to Turtle Island via Spanish conquistadors to the south, it was quickly domesticated and absorbed into nearly every aspect of Lakota life. The horse is believed to have spiritual powers in addition to its usefulness in battle and in the daily life of Lakota people.

“This fund will also help the teachers and staff here provide experiences and materials as needed throughout the year. We hope to start a student incentive program, a music program, sports programs, etc. and continue to fill and equip our classrooms with quality tools to give the girls the very best that we can. As a private school our funding is always a process. The donations that we receive here will provide us with flexible and immediate support and will be greatly appreciated by all,” said the school on its GoFundMe page.

To donate to their efforts please visit https://www.gofundme.com/pine-ridge-girls-school.

(Contact Brandon Ecoffey at editor@lakotacountrytimes.com)

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