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Many of our educational programs are taught by Elders in our community, as we are very much committed to the inter-generational model of learning and teaching. Please inquire if you have questions or need more information about any of our existing programs or programs that we are planning to offer in the future.

Looking to get involved? Do you share our values and our goals? We are looking for volunteers, mentors, businesses and organizations to partner with us. Please contact us!

Current Programs

Zaniyan Education and Learn From Elder Program

Growing Resistance

Growing Resistance – Bringing Gardening Supplies and Knowledge to the Dakotas

Zaniyan Wellness

Decolonizing Natural Medicine Conference; Increasing Access to Holistic Health for All.

Zaniyan Wellness at Sicangu was established 2016 2017 at Standing Rock Sicangu Camp, where healing and medical support was provided to thousands.

New Programs Under Development

Zaniyan Sanctuary

  • To preserve native and heritage plants, foods, and knowledge

Holistic Community Health Workers

  • To promote wellness through education, informal counseling, social support, and advocacy both in individuals and the community

MotherCare Education

  • To partner with existing training programs for birth workers, such as birth and postpartum doulas, midwives, and lactation support, to provide greater inclusion among Native and low income women

 Wellness Classes

  • For tribes, businesses, and community groups

Outreach Programs

  • To provide wellness education and herbal medicine at Pow Wows and other Native American events


Our Areas of Focus

Permaculture – Growing in harmony with the Earth
  • Food sovereignty and resilience
  • Organic and biodynamic farming methods
  • Indigenous and native crops
  • Growing for low water environments and climate change
Healing – Self, Community, Planet
  • Healing of Self
  • Internal Arts – Herbs, Nutrition, Exercise and Movement, Spirituality
  • Healing and Service to Others
  • Herbal Medicine and Medicine Making
  • Evidence-based Clinical Knowledge
  • Nature Based Healing Modalities
Protecting and Preserving the Earth
  • Botanical Sanctuary Preserving Endangered Medicinal Plants
  • Integrating Sustainable Forestry Practices
Stewardship and Sustainability
  • Building and Living Skills
  • Sustainable Building Trades
  • Construction using Green Materials – Cob, Straw Bale, Reclaimed
  • Tiny and Wheeled Home Construction
  • Building Rocket Stoves
  • Woodworking – Furniture
Natural Living and Homesteading Skills
  • Animal Husbandry and Beekeeping
  • Food Preservation
  • Heritage and Indigenous Skills
Life Cycle
  • Beginning of Life
  • Midwifery and Natural Birth
  • Protecting the Future – Teaching Children and Youth
  • Elders
  • Preserving Indigenous and Many Nations Wisdom and Heritage
  • Death and Dying
  • Awareness and Respect