Mission: MISSION STATEMENT
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye strives to re-establish and foster the understanding of indigenous cultural traditions.
Our vision is to provide a spiritual community where Indian people can once again stand proudly on a cultural foundation that unites Native American communities across geographical and generational differences.
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye nurtures, cultivates and reinforces Native American spiritual values and traditions in native communities.
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye utilizes Native American cultural traditions to foster mutual understanding, nurture wellness, and strengthen the family unit; and in turn, the larger community.
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye endeavors to reconstruct a social system of wellness that embodies traditional indigenous cultural values and/or natural laws.
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye seeks to work with and support organizations and individuals who promote social justice and sustainable economic development and practices.
Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye promotes sobriety as a core value in all our endeavors.
“We are the Ancestors of Tomorrow” is our motto. It serves as a reminder that how we live our lives, the decisions we make, and the footprints that we leave on Mother Earth is what our future generations will remember us for.
Target demographics: re-establish and foster the understanding of indigenous cultural traditions
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 families reconnect with traditional native traditions
Geographic areas served: South Dakota and the Greater Bay Area
Programs: our annual Manhood and Womanhood Ceremonies with Presentations to the Community, sponsorship of Sundance, and Elder and Children Celebrations. We also maintain a community health center providing free services to families in need.
Volunteering for Wicahpi Koyaka Tiospaye has developed my understanding of the impact of programs from events, community, and curriculum to a more wholesome place of creating and fostering a new Way of Life...one that serves others, spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Through my time working with WKT, I have become a more grateful, inspired, and compassionate person. I have met my greatest mentors, my best friends, grown in my capacity to appreciate life, and I feel more a part of community. The impact and strengthening of the WKT family that I have seen over the last 5-6 years has been absolutely life-changing.