Rosebud youth learn all about range management
Children of the Sicangu Oyate (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) participated in their first youth range workshop this summer.
“The workshop provided an excellent learning environment for children to physically be on the land learning about grasses, forbs, and shrubs that make up the prairie,” said Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist.
Thirty children from the Boys and Girls Club of Mission traveled to the Bureau of Indian Affairs range unit which is leased to the Rosebud Ranch & Farm Enterprise.
“Bureau of Indian Affairs and Rosebud Ranch & Farm Enterprise generously allowed the range workshop to take place,” said Mary Scott, NRCS Tribal Liaison.
Participating youth learned about the differences in grasses, forbs, and shrubs. They also learned if the plants were native to the prairie or introduced, cool season or warm-season and perennial or annual growth periods.
“Youth were given the opportunity to taste chokecherries, purple coneflower (Echinacea) root and ceyaka tea. During the workshop, they learned about the medicinal uses for each plant,” said Scott.
“Kinship with the land is an important aspect of Lakota Culture, by introducing the children of the Rosebud to what makes up the land at an early age can strengthen those bonds with the land for the future. The instructors of the workshop hope to continue this annual educational opportunity for many years to come,” said Sean Kelly, SDSU Extension Range Management Field Specialist.
Staff from SDSU Extension and Natural Resources Conservation Service played instrumental roles in conducting this first annual range workshop.
Ron Frederick, SDSU Extension Youth Program Advisor was instrumental in developing the workshop. Scott and Deanna Eagle Feather, SDSU Extension assisted with plant identification and provided extensive information on medicinal uses for many native plants. Cody Kartak, NRCS Soil Conservationist along with Kelly assisted with plant identification and instruction. Rachel Lindvall SDSU Extension Community Development Field Specialist also assisted with the workshop.
If your community is interested in organizing a youth range workshop next summer, contact your local SDSU Extension Regional Center. A complete listing can be found at http://www.iGrow.org.