State law encourages districts to provide professional development for school personnel on cultural competency.
South Dakota Codified Laws 13-1-48 South Dakota Indian studies course for teachers.
Any teacher new to the profession, from out-of-state, or certified after 1993 shall complete a three-credit-hour course in South Dakota Indian studies. The course shall include components specific to:
- (1) Language and cultural awareness;
- (2) History;
- (3) Educational theory and background of the traditional tribal education; and
- (4) Implementation and strategies of Indian learning styles, curriculum development and authentic assessment.