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Lakota Books

This series of books was created based on stories told from CRST members. Cheyenne-Eagle Butte School Title VII Bilingual Program published these in the 1980's and we now have the gift of reading them to our wakȟaŋjeja (children). CTC also wants to thank Ms. Patti DeCory, and Joan Upell for helping us find these lost treasures. Recently, we have donated the books on behalf of Ms. DeCory to the HVJ Cultural Center in Eagle Butte, SD  for the rest of our people to enjoy.

Double click the photo to read the book and click the listen now button to be redirected to a recording done by an OLC student!

Modern Day Interpretation for Iktomi Meets The Giant

"Today our communities and relatives have become swallowed by modern day giants, and many do not even know they have been swallowed. These modern-day giants are alcohol, drugs, commercial tobacco, violence, greed, and other negative social factors our communities and relatives face. Just like in the cultural story, we as a people, can defeat these giants through cultural practices and teachings of our way of life. We have always had the cure within our culture and now we must awaken it within ourselves to find a healthy balance." - Aaron David West Jr.

Try this Possible Selves Activity at home with your family!


Positive Action Family Kits

These Family Kits are tested and effective to work to bring your family closer together. Click the link to create a free account to the Positive Action website and gain access to the free family lessons!


Native Ways of Knowing

Books for Elementary Age Youth!

Emotional Identification

Resources for Parents

The Tobacco Education Resource Library provides information for parents, teachers, and students on tobacco and vape use. 

Growing Up Drug Free is a parents guide to intervention. Created by the U. S Department of Justice DEA, this 40 page PDF has tons of information for parents with kids of all ages. Starting on page 25 of the PDF, read the tips for talking to your students based on their age.

Parenting Montana is a resource for parents to use that was designed for a parent or guardian's every day situations. The website includes resources, podcasts, and information on how to handle behaviors such as anger, confidence, empathy, and more by age. 

Parent Up encourages parents to use this influence!  When parents CARE, CONNECT, COMMUNICATE and pay CAREFUL ATTENTION, the likelihood of your child engaging in substance use decreases.

Truth Initiative seeks, speaks and spreads the truth about smoking, vaping, and nicotine

SAMHSA’s national substance use prevention campaign helps parents and caregivers, educators, and community members get informed, be prepared, and take action.

This website has resources, boo lists, videos, and coaching options for parents to use with their kids. All tested to work, and all easily doable!

Oyate Information Resource

Missouri Breaks is a private company that has served the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe with research and public health initiatives for nearly 30 years. In 2018, they had an opportunity to create a resource guide to help our community get connected to the resources available to them. The purpose of this website is to help connect community members with the programs and events available throughout Cheyenne River.



  • Suicide Prevention: 988

  • Substance Abuse Mental Health: 1-800-622-4357

  • National Child Abuse: 1-800-422-4453

  • National Sexual Assault: 1-800-656-4673

  • South Dakota Quit Line: 1-866-737-8487

  • LGBTQIA+ Helpline: 1-800-398-4297

  • Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

  • Crisis Pregnancy Hotline: 1-800-672-2296

  • National Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-7233

  • Wakpa Waste' Counseling Services: 964-0722


  • Counseling Crisis Center: text CARE to 839863

  • Suicide: text NATIVE to 74174

  • LGBTQ Youth: text START to 678-678

  • Teen Line: text TEEN to 839863

  • Need2Text: text TALK to 38255

  • Truth: text DITCHVAPE to 88709

National Hotlines

How to create a self care plan

The first step to creating a self care plan is to decide on somethings that helps ground you, and makes you happy! Some categories and examples are:

  • Physical: yoga, walking, bike riding, skateboarding, drinking water

  • Emotional: journaling, meditation, affirmations, laugh, cuddle with a pet, give hugs

  • Community: attend a community event

  • Financial: saving some money, giving to a worthy cause, donate your time to help others

  • Spiritual: smudge, prayer, ceremony, spend time with elders

  • Occupational: set boundaries at your work, take time for lunch

  • Environment: gardening, cleaning the yard, taking a nature walk, picking up trash outside

  • Intellectual: board games, reading, learning new things

The second step is to determine when you will start doing these acts of self love. It's okay to not to do all of the ones you came up with, or to only start one. You don't want to overwhelm yourself. Try making sure to do one act of self love, no matter how big or small, once a week. Make a plan that the next time you are feeling overwhelmed or sad, to remember your self care, and do it as soon as you can. 

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