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VE Affiliate Tasunke Wakan to Host Children’s Camp on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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Village Earth Global Affiliate Tasunke Wakan (medicine horse) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota will host a children’s camp August 29-Sept. 2 2013 at their building near the community of Porcupine.  The camp is focused on youth aged 7-12, who have experienced trauma, loss and/or grief. Children will experience learning, fun and healing activities.

Tasunke Wakan is a Lakota-run grassroots organization on Pine Ridge. The goals of the organization are:

  • To revitalize and implement the Lakota language through education and practice.
  • To strengthen the cultural identity of the Lakota Oyate through linking Lakota Philosophy with the Lakota language.
  • To empower the Lakota Tiwahe (families) in reclaiming their Lakota identity, through integrating the Lakota Customary, Natural, and Spiritual law within the educational process.
  • To provide education training and assistance regarding cultural competency.

You can learn more about this important organization and donate at www.tasunkewakan.org. Follow their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wakanyejapawicayapi

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