Bill to require teaching of Oceti Sakowin history fails State House by one vote

PIERRE, S.D. — The South Dakota House on Wednesday struck down a bill that would require the inclusion of indigenous history in state-approved social studies curriculum.

House Bill 1170 failed by just one vote.

It would have made the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings mandatory learning for South Dakota students. Those OSEU’s were already adopted by the state’s Board of Education.

“There’s a healing component that is part of that; how can we become a better state…it’s not by continuing to be divisive,” says Dr. Valeriah Big Eagle, co-facilitator of the RCAS Indigenous Education Task Force. “This is what they’re doing.”

The Oceti Sakowin standards are available for teachers to use but are currently not mandatory.

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