CRAZY HORSE SCHOOL PHILSOPHY
Crazy Horse School recognizes the importance of an education for the future leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Therefore, we will continue to provide for the needs of the individuals and incorporate the Lakota values in assisting students to acquire academic and social skills necessary for a productive life in modern society.
Crazy Horse School will provide a sacred environment for students to achieve academic, Lakota language, and cultural excellence.
Wisdom (Wokśape), Respect and Humility (Wowahwala), Generosity (Wacantognaka) and Compassion (Waounsila), Courage (Woohitika) and Fortitude (Wowacantanka), Spirituality (Wówakȟaŋ), Patience (Wówačhiŋtȟaŋka), and Honesty (Woowothanja)
Our students, with models and programs provided by the school, staff, and the community, will arrive at a position in life where they can achieve a level of humility experienced by the Lakota people in the past and will carry on those values that are uniquely and beautifully Lakota.
Goal #1: All children who are capable shall read independently by the third grade.
Goal #2: All students shall demonstrate growth in proficiency levels in Reading and Math annually.
Goal #3: Individual student attendance will improve annually with an end goal of 95% or higher.
Goal #4: All students shall have the opportunity to learn Lakota culture and language.
Goal #5: The School will improve enrollment, retention (80%), graduation, placement and postsecondary
success of students annually.
Goal #6: The School will improve community and parental/legal guardian participation annually with an
end goal of 100% participation by parents/legal guardians.
A Native American Prayer
O' Great Spirit whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, Hear me!
I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom, let me walk in beauty and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so I may see, ever so clearly, the ways you have to teach me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and cloud.
I seek your strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy...myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes. So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.
~Chief Yellow Lark