Working to preserve the traditional art, culture and values of the Northern Plains
The Institute for Study of Dakota Culture established in 2005 is one part of a plan to preserve the culture of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe and other Dakota people, including providing formal and informal instruction, research into the history of the people, finding innovative ways to study culture and language, and preserving and syndicating this knowledge. Sisseton Wahpeton College provides a variety of cultural experiences, including weaving culture into day to day instruction, enabling students to integrate Dakota culture and values into personal and professional activities.
Don’t think of yourself as better than others.
Don’t quit! No matter how hard something is, keep on going.
Show respect and courtesy
Always act in such a way that those who know you will be proud of you.
Act out of love and kindness and not coldness or hatred. Be kind to others as if it were you
Always say what is true; do not lie
Sometimes you have to give up your own for someone else, even for the Oyate.
Give of what you have, especially to the elders, the sick, and to those who do not have.