Vocational Education Department
Oyate Kici Kaga
Oglala Lakota College was chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribe in 1971 to provide an educated workforce for the Reservation and to study and teach the Lakota language and culture. OLC is accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission. OLC’s administrative center is at Piya Wiconi in the middle of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation but OLC has a decentralized campus and courses are taught at 9 Instructional Centers on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation (3,468 square miles/32,842 people) , 1 in Rapid City, SD (12,000 Native Americans), and 1 in on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation (2,800 square miles, 14,161 people). The two Reservations are the 1st and 3rd poorest areas in America according to a US Census report in 2012. OLC offers General Equivalency Diploma preparation, certificates, associates, bachelors and a Masters degree in Lakota Leadership and Management to our over 1,800 students a year of whom over 90% are Native American and 70% are women.