Tanyan Yahi!

We're happy to share the many examples reflecting woksape wounspe of Oglala Lakota College. You'll find images, scans of various forms of expression, audio files, and video clips. This project has been a few years in the making, as we assembled more digitized materials for OLC's 50th anniversary book. We are fortunate to have been gradually digitizing what we believe are of most value: the voices of Lakota speakers, educators, activists, and leaders. As we continue to add materials, please share with us your thoughts and ideas. We want to enable community-authored metadata and look forward to expanding upon the many stories of the Oglala oyanke and our relatives of the Oceti Sakowin.


For any visitors to the archives, we ask that you call ahead with your request so the staff can gather materials and/or resources for your visit. 





Archivist - Valerie Janis - vjanis@olc.edu

Assistant Archivist - Elena Cisneros - ecisneros@olc.edu

(605) 455-6065 or (605) 827-1074

We schedule in-person visits, please call to find out more. Email requests and phone calls are also welcome. 

All cataloged material can be found through our online catalog. We are continually processing our other collections. 


We thrive on the generosity of our donor community; donors range from community members and stakeholders to collectors to research faculty.  Please review our Collections Management Policy & Procedures for more information. 




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