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Lakota Culture, Design, and Service Experience EPICS-South Dakota

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Domestic Study Away
Program Location South Dakota, USA
Course # SA 10525
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Spring Break 2023 03/12/23 to 03/18/23

Due to COVID-19, programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

EPICS has partnered with the Lakota Tribe for five years and has taken small groups of students to Pine Ridge. The partnership is mainly facilitated through faculty, staff and students at the Oglala Lakota College (OLC) located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.  EPICS has developed and is continuing to develop projects for the reservation working with OLC.  This trip would expose a larger number of Purdue students to the culture of the Lakota and other Native American tribes and offer insights into the conditions on the reservations.  Students will learn about the culture and will participate in the design work focusing on implementation of the previous year's work and problem identification for the design work in the coming year.  It will also strengthen the partnership with Purdue and OLC through EPICS.

In addition to the project work, students will also visit: 

- Oglala Lakota Campus and local greenhouse tour
- Wounded Knee
- Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore, Black Hills

More info on the Lakota Projects

Academic Credit

Students will earn 1 credit in EPICS 490


Students must be current EPICS students working on this particular project.  All acceptance decisions will be made by Bill Oakes.

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The estimated cost of this program is $2756 which includes:  Group round trip flights to Rapid City, SD from Chicago, ground transporation, all housing, breakfast daily, some meals, cultural excursions listed on the itineary, 1 credit in EPICS 49000, and health insurance.  

Additional expenses:  Personal excursions, some meals, personal spending money.

Purdue Moves Scholarships available!

*Please note that students are not under any finanical obligation just for applying*

Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the program is full.  8 spots available.

Financial Aid

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