The mission of the Oglala Lakota College is to establish and operate certificate- and degree-granting postsecondary institutions on Pine Ridge Reservation. The purposes of the college include tribal, cultural, academic, and community concerns. This booklet presents the 25-year history of the college; the historical struggle of the Lakota (Sioux) people; and the dream to provide an independent, reservation-based college. The realization of the dream came in 1971 when 19 courses in 9 subjects were taught in local schools and peoples' basements. In 1978, 2-year degree programs were offered in seven areas of study. In 1996 the college offered a Master of Arts in Lakota Leadership/Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in five professions, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Lakota Studies and History, four Associate of Applied Science degrees, and 15 Associate of Arts degrees. Other programs included secondary education certification, special education endorsement, Child Development Associate, General Equivalency Diploma (GED), and graduate courses in education. Twenty-two quotations from college faculty and staff show the impact of the college on the Lakota community. The college has 10 dreams for the future: construction of a resource center, classrooms, and community learning centers; development of degree programs in environmental and computer sciences; creation of endowed chairs in Lakota studies; student assessment; certification in education and health; integration of resources; expansion of student resources; creation of a competency-based teacher education program; and development of research, consulting, and training services. Challenges include funding and transportation. By the year 2001, the college envisions increased enrollment, completed campus construction projects, expanded degree programs, and computerized status of campus activities. Includes four Lakota poems. (SAS)
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