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Lakota Youth Development

Lakota Youth Development will host Maka Ohlate Owoju Open House at the Lakota Youth Development Facilities 30122 352nd Ave Herrick on November 20th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm CST. This in-person and virtual (hosted via Facebook & Instagram live) event celebrates the completion of our underground garden. Tours will be given of the Maka Ohlate Owoju (limited to 10 people per tour) throughout the event. All are welcome to celebrate with us and hear our spiritual advisor, Jerome Kills Small, speak about the value of environmental stewardship in Lakota culture. Light refreshments will be served.

All visitors will be screen for COVID-19 before entering the facilities and all visitors are required to wear masks properly throughout the entire event.

Jerome Kills Small, Spiritual Advisor, explains “Owoju, ‘garden,’ is a manifestation of Lakota intimacy: together we plant, harvest, clean, cook, and eat.” This garden will allow the Lakota Youth Development community to continue this intimacy throughout the entire year as we expand our growing season.

Lakota Youth Development is a native non-profit whose mission is to reclaim Lakota language, culture, and spiritually by promoting education and healthy lifestyles through culturally based strategies. LYD offers monthly weekend retreats and summer camps to youth ages 11-20. At the camps and retreats youth develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills through Lakota traditions and values. To find out more about Lakota Youth Development, visit our website

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