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Ochethi Sakowin Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, 和 Values

Sitting Bull College strives for educational equity, 多样性, 和 inclusion in scholarly activities by cultivating opportunities for collaboration 和 community to create, 模型, 应用, 和 practice the Ochethi Sakowin values, or virtues that are culturally identified ideals for being in this world.  Rather than abstract 和 elusive philosophical principles to be strived after, 然而, these qualities are essential elements of one’s everyday life. 
As the Ochethi Sakowin author Joseph Marshall points out, they are instilled in us as firmly 和 as specifically as American courtesies like saying “please” 和 “thank you” . . . I knew growing up that at some point I was supposed to be the things I learned in the stories: compassionate, 可敬的, 和勇敢, 和 so forth . . . The virtues espoused by the stories . . . are the foundation 和 moral sustenance of Ochethi Sakowin culture.   (Marshall, The Ochethi Sakowin Way p. 十三).
There are numerous virtues, 和 while individuals may identify different virtues or order them variously according to significance, the underlying theme is always the same: expectations for individual behavior 和 character that ensure balance 和 well-being within society – human 和 beyond.  In Marshall’s words, “There is nothing more important.”

The following Ochethi Sakowin values have been adopted as a guide for students to follow during their educational journey at Sitting Bull College.
  1. Wóohola (Respect):  SBC family should be thoughtful 和 considerate towards property, policies 和 people including themselves, fellow students, 教师, 工作人员, 和 visitors.
  2. Wowacha?tognake (Generosity):  SBC family should assist others in need without expecting anything in return. 
  3. Wowau?šila (Compassion):  SBC family should display empathy for those less fortunate. 
  4. Woowot?a?la (Integrity):  SBC family should show 诚实truthfulness for their 行动 和 work.
  5. Wowachi?t?a?ka (Patience): SBC family should show endurance under difficult situations.
  6. Wowicak?e (诚实) SBC family should display integrity, truthfulness 和 straightforwardness in their educational studies 和 activities. 
  7. 公司于?šiic’iye (Humility): SBC family should be modest 和 respectful to themselves, fellow students, 教师, 工作人员, 和 visitors.
  8. Wóksape (Wisdom): SBC family should strive to gain the underst和ing to 应用 perceptions, 行动, 和 judgment in a good way. 
  9. Wóohitike (Bravery): SBC family may face uncertainty 和 need to find cour年龄 in order to succeed. 
  10. Wówalitake (Fortitude): SBC family need to find the mental 和 emotional strength in difficult times.
Sources for the following list of values/virtues come from Joseph Marshall’s book, The Ochethi Sakowin Way: Stories 和 Lessons for Living (New York: Penguin ACCUPLACER 2002).  Other useful sources discussing Ochethi Sakowin values are L和 of the Spotted Eagle (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press 1978) by Luther St和ing Bear, Speaking of Indians 作者:Ella C. Deloria (University of Nebraska Press 1998, 和 苏族 by Royal B. Hassrick (University of Oklahoma Press 1964).  The spelling of the values here follows the New Ochethi Sakowin Dictionary (Bloomington, IN: Ochethi Sakowin Langu年龄 Consortium 2008).