To provide the youth on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe a safe place to learn Lakhota/ Dakhota culture & language, engage socially, and also provide a temporary place to reside.
No youth on Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will be homeless, or be with-out access to basic human needs and services.
Who We Are & Why We Matter
Iyuha Acu Youth Services Center is located in McLaughlin, SD. We aim to serve the youth on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with a safe environment to socialize and learn Lakhota Dakhota culture and language. We also help these young adults get directed with basic human needs services to live a healthy life. We serve as a "drop in resource" from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and then as the teen center from 3:30-8:00 PM. Learn More...
The Standing Rock Sioux Reservation covers 2.3 million acres with 9 different schools in 9 communities, in two states. Iyuha Acu Youth Services is the only culturally centered non-profit youth organization concentrating on young adults ages 13- 24 who live here.
We believe that when youth feel safe, have their basic needs met, and learn to live by Lakhota-Dakhota values, they will have a strong foundation to become strong adults.
Iyuha Acu Youth Services staff are strong positive role models and help ensure that all youth who utilize the facility have access to:
A safe place to socialize
Mental, Physical, and Spiritual health services
Independent living skills
While utilizing the Iyuha Acu Youth Services youth are expected to conduct themselves in a way that reflects the Lakhota values. These Values were given to the Lakhota Oyate to help guide them how to live their lives in accordance with spiritual law. Through assimilation many families no longer know these values.
It is Iyuha Acu Youth Services expectation that all youth utilizing the facility strive to exhibit these values for other youths and the community:
All youth are expected to first respect themselves. By doing this they set the standard in how people deal with them. Youth are encouraged to exhibit self-respect
All youth utilizing the facility are expected to demonstrate respect towards their fellow youth and staff.
Respect is also expected to be exhibited towards the facility and property being utilized by youth. This is to ensure property can be used by others.
Exhibiting integrity includes:
Practicing good personal ethics and self control
Being thoughtful of others
Being responsible for self and actions
Being self-aware of personal needs and behaviors
Keeping confidentiality of others
Leading by example, showing good leadership skills
Being accountable for one’s self
Standing up for what is right (even if it means being ridiculed)
Youth will demonstrate compassion for others in facility.
Compassion includes no gossiping and ensuring others feel safe while at the facility.
Youth will exhibit compassion by also not sharing any personal information about other students without permission.