Rachell Lindvall, Ron Frederick, Sean Kelly, and Cody Kartak instructing students.
Children of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) had the opportunity to participate in the first annual youth range workshop near Rosebud this summer. The workshop provided an excellent learning environment for children to physically be on the land learning about grasses, forbs, and shrubs that make up the prairie.
Thirty children from the Boys and Girls Club of Mission traveled to the BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs) range unit leased to the Rosebud Ranch & Farm Enterprise which generously allowed the range workshop to take place in late July. The children learned differences in grasses, forbs, and shrubs. They also learned if the plants were native to the prairie or introduced, cool season or warm-season, and perennial or annual growth periods. The children were allowed to taste chokecherries, purple coneflower (Echinacea) root, and ceyaka tea. Medicinal uses for each plant were also included in the workshop.
SDSU Extension Participation
Several people from SDSU Extension and NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service) played instrumental roles in conducting this first annual range workshop. Ron Frederick (SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor – Rosebud) introduced the idea for the workshop and helped organize it. Mary Scott (NRCS Tribal Liaison) and Deanna Eagle Feather (SDSU Extension) assisted with plant identification and provided extensive information on medicinal uses for many native plants. Cody Kartak (NRCS Soil Conservationist) and Sean Kelly (SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist) assisted with plant identification and instruction. Rachel Lindvall (SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist) also assisted with the workshop.
Kinship with the land is an important aspect of Lakota Culture, by introducing the children of the Rosebud to what makes up the land at an early age can strengthen those bonds with the land for the future. The instructors of the workshop hope to continue this annual educational opportunity for many years to come.
|Deanna Eagle Feather and Mary Scott instructing students.||Cody Kartak discussing plant identification with students.|
Written collaboratively by Sean Kelly, Mary A. Scott, and Cody Kartak.