General Beadle Elementary and Rural America Initiatives are partners in enriching the lives of students through the Ateyapi program. Through this partnership with the school, Ateyapi provides positive mentoring through programming offered during and after school.
The Ateyapi program at General Beadle engages 4th and 5th grade students in Lakota language acquisition. Every three years the focus shifts. The 2020-2021 school year marks year 3 of the Lakota language focus.
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The school’s Lakota Language Instructor teaches classes to promote primary and conversational language acquisition. Additionally, students learn Lakota history and culture through implementation of the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings.