Dakota Itancan Kagapi – Making Dakota Youth Leaders

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Dakota Wicohan
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
February 2013
End Date
March 2014
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Special Session 1: Senate File Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 8
Appropriation Language

Civics Education. $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for a competitive Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants Program-Civics Education. The commissioner shall award grants to entities that conduct civics education programs for the civic and cultural development of Minnesota youth.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)
  1. Develop materials, lesson plans, and curriculum for the first four of the eight units in the Dakota Itancan Kagapi curriculum--see curriculum overview in attachments.
  2. Pilot draft materials across our tripartite kinship structure: tiwahe, tiospaye, and oyate.
  3. Evaluate curriculum and pilot to inform next phase of curriculum development.
Measurable Outcome(s)

• Administered and tabulated 76 surveys on cultural belonging with adult and youth participants that attend a weekly language program at Dakota Wicohan.
• Transcribed and coded 24 hours’ of oral history interviews with Dakota community elders—some of whom have now passed over.
• Completed the Dakota 101 handbook and drafted a companion curriculum for students in Grades 6-12 that meets state social studies standards.
• Piloted draft lessons of three units with Dakota Wicohan staff, consultants, and team.
• Piloted draft lessons from the Dakota 101 unit with Dakota Wicohan staff, consultants, and broader community.
• Evaluated results to inform next phase of curriculum unit with youth after this grant ends.

Recipient Board Members
Gabrielle Strong; Dallas Goldtooth; Daniel Lemm; Darlene St. Clair; Mary Peters
Project Overview

Dakota Wicohan created the first half of a leadership and civics curriculum for Dakota youth—Dakota Itancan Kagapi, or, the making of Dakota leaders. The program will be used to train Dakota youth through the inter-related strategies of remembering, reclaiming, and reconnecting with our Dakota language and lifeways to enhance the region’s civic foundation.

Project Manager
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Organization Name
Dakota Wicohan
Street Address
280 North Centennial Drive
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