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Mission Statement

The mission of the Toka Nuwan Wayawa Tipi is to unite and empower our Dakotah Oyate by successfully preparing our students through the revitalization of Dakotah lapi and culture and through the creation of a safe educational environment that inspires academic excellence.



Established in 1938 and built by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, ESDS is one of a handful of day schools in the nation. A transition from a 638 Grant School to a P.L. 100-297 Contract School Began in 1983. In the 1960’s  & 70’s, ESDS provided education services in cooperation with Waubay Public School. Presently, ESDS is chartered by the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate and operated by a local School Board.

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13525 446th Avenue
Waubay, SD 57273

Phone (605) 947-4605
Toll Free (888) 825-7738
Fax (605) 947-4188