Indian education in South Dakota.
The Office of Indian Education is hereby established within the Department of
Education. The Office of Indian Education shall support initiatives in order that South Dakota's
students and public school instructional staff become aware of and gain an appreciation of South
Dakota's unique American Indian culture. The secretary of the Department of Education shall
appoint an Indian Education Advisory Council. The council shall consist of representatives of all
nine tribes in South Dakota along with Native American educators from all parts of the state. The
nine representatives of the tribes shall be appointed from nominations submitted by the tribal
councils of each of the tribes. The council members shall serve for three-year terms.
All teachers new to the profession, from out-of-state, or certified after 1993 shall
complete a three-hour course in South Dakota Indian studies. The course shall include components
The South Dakota American Indian language revitalization program is hereby
established. The Office of Indian Education shall develop a pilot program to offer instruction in
the Lakota language to educators of South Dakota American Indian students. The pilot program
may be extended to offer instruction in the Lakota language directly to South Dakota American
Indian students. The Office of Indian Education shall provide a report on the status of the
development and implementation of the South Dakota American Indian language revitalization
program to the 2008 Legislature.
The Board of Education may promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 to provide
for curriculum and coursework in South Dakota American Indian history and culture.