The mission of Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi (TGKP) is to work with all of creation to improve the lives of children and families with Serious Emotional Behavioral Disturbances (SEBD) through implementation of a Lakota based Mental Health Wraparound Model and use this model in the teaching and preparation of Lakota Counselors at Sinte Gleska University (SGU.)
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Sunka Wakan Camps at SGU Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi
SGU Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi (TGKP) “Bringing the Family Back to Life” offered a one week Horse Handler Training Camp on June 12-16, 2017 for 10 youth, ages 15-21. Horse Handlers were trained to assist TGKP therapists with Equine Assisted Mental Health Therapy and also with TGKP Sunka Wakan Youth Camps this summer. Highlights of the camp included a visit by a volunteer Veterinarian who gave the horses physicals, floated their teeth and brought immunizations up to date. Horse Handler trainees assisted the vet. The next day, a Farrier trimmed horse’s hooves with assistance of Horse Handler trainees. Earlier in the week, Sam High Crane shared teachings on Mitakuye Oyasin and the healing gifts and special relationship of the Sunka Wakan Oyate with the Lakota. Each trainee then participated in a Spirit connection with a horse. Greg Grey Cloud provided teachings on values and walked youth through the set-up of the Tipestola. Ron Frederick and Genna Buettner, SDSU Extension and 4-H, instructed trainees about horse safety, nutrition, anatomy, horse health, first aid and proper use of tack. The week concluded with a trail ride to Turtle Creek and a cookout with certificates of completion of training awarded.
TGKP also partnered with the SGU Science Department to provide morning sessions with Horse Handler Camp for participants in their STEM Camps (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.) Middle School students participated in the morning at the SGU Ranch and in the afternoon STEM classes were offered at the SGU Tech Building. The STEM/Horse Camp will continue for one more week and will conclude with student research presentations on Thursday June 22nd. A second session of STEM camp will be held from June27 through July 7 for Middle School and High School Students. For more information or applications for STEM Camp, please contact Mikel Bordeaux at 605-319-0035.
TGKP will also be offering other Summer Horse Camps as follows:
July 10-14 Male Survivors of Violence Horse Camp (Males ages 10-18);
July 30-August 4: Girls Horse Camp (Ages 8-12); August 7-11: Boys Horse Camp (Ages 8-12); and August 15-17: Youth Rodeo Camp (Ages 12-18.)
For more information on these day camps held from 9am to 4 pm, M-F, please contact:
Marlies White Hat at 605-856-8203 or Dave Valandra at 605-682-1823. Applications can be picked up at the TGKP Office on the SGU Campus in Mission, SD or mailed to you by calling Kateri at 605-856-8163.