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Through the generosity of donors, the Foundation is able to support activities directly related to the social enhancement and cultural preservation of Dakota people. Awards are based on the availability of funds which are raised through direct mail appeals, voluntary contributions, testamentary bequests, and interest on investments.

Dakota Indian Foundation was recently awarded a grant from First Nation’s Development Institute to to support the establishment of the Ella Deloria Research Center.  Dakota Indian Foundation was able to employ Native American Youth Interns to digitize data for research purposes. Thank you to First Nations for your generous contribution!


Over the past 40 years, Dakota Indian Foundation has provided grants to many organizations.  The following list provides an example of the various types of programs that have received funding. 


Grants are based on the availability of funds and approved by the DIF Board of Directors, a group of nine professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to meet on a monthly basis.

Traditional Lakota
Drum/Singing Lessons
click on picture to watch short video
Sacred Horse Society Ride
click on picture to view parts of the ride
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Youth Woyuonihan (Honor) Event
Held on Saturday, October 1, 2022
This was the 2nd year event 
of Four Events
Participate on October 7, 2023
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view the Keloland News Report

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Lakota Language Weekend
at Lower Brule
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River City Friday Nights
Multi-Cultural Night
Kevin Locke 
RIP Kȟolá!
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