Tasunke Wakan

The Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) works to provide Lakota cultural, language, and hands on education services to the Lakota Oyate.

 “When the people followed the Lakota life ways and laws, the people flourished. Therefore, the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye promotes the rebirth of the Lakota life ways and laws through education, healing, and collaboration”.

Our primary goal is to develop and implement Lakol Wicohan (Lakota life ways and laws, which includes language, values, beliefs, ceremonies and laws of the Lakota people) within the Oyate (Community). Our objectives are

  1. To revitalize and implement the Lakota language through education and practice.
  2. To strengthen the cultural identity of the Lakota Oyate through linking the Lakota Philosophy with the Lakota language.
  3. To empower the Lakota Tiwahe (families) in reclaiming their individual Lakota identity, through integrating the Lakota Customary, Natural, and Spiritual law within the educational process.
  4. To provide education training and assistance regarding cultural competency.

In July of 2011, the Wakanyeja Pawiciyapi, Inc. (Children’s’ First, Inc.) transferred leadership to the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society). This transfer was made in hopes of saving the land and resources used to help and heal many indigenous families through traditional healing. With this transfer, the Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) assumed all services, assets, and debt. Although, we continue to provide services to many families, youth, and programs that serve indigenous people… we continue to struggle financially in order to sustain the land and resources.

Your contributions are greatly appreciated and help us to reach our goals.


Pilamaya ye,


Vimber Long Wolf, Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye member



Village Earth GlobeVillage Earth affiliate since 2012

Phone: +1 605-455-1226

Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye
P.O. Box 100 Porcupine, SD 57772

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