Red Cloud Lakota Teacher Nominated for Life Changer of the Year Award

Philomine Lakota has been nominated for the Life Changer of the Year Award from National Life Group. She has taught the Lakota language at Red Cloud for nearly a decade and has championed language revitalization efforts throughout the community.

As a fluent community elder, she is widely regarded as a keeper of the Lakota language and culture and has been instrumental in the creation of the nation’s first comprehensive K-12 Lakota language curriculum at Red Cloud Indian School. She has presented at regional and national conferences on education and language preservation and is seen as a role model and Uŋčí (Grandmother) by her colleagues and the students she teaches.

Read more about Philomine's nomination and see why the community supports her in her tireless work!

Click HERE to see Education Week's comprehensive piece on Education in Indian Country.

Click HERE to read the Rapid City Journal's piece on Red Cloud's K-12 Lakȟóta language curriculum.

Click HERE to watch 20/20 special "Hidden America: Children of the Plains".

Click HERE to see the Pine Ridge Community Storytelling Project from National Geographic.