WAHPETON DAKOTA NATION
P.O. Box 128
Prince Albert, Sask.
The Wahpeton Dakota Nation Chief and Council would like to thank all
the staff and membership for their hard work and dedication over the
past year in working towards the goals and objectives of our Dakota
Nation. The community focus is to keep striving towards strengthening
the self-determination and the sovereignty of our Dakota Nation. This
will ensure the survival of our people by promoting pride in our culture,
language, traditional and spiritual values.
The Wahpeton Dakota Nation promotes continued socio-economic
growth and development to create enhanced business and employment
opportunities for the membership. Overall, our mandate is to improve
the quality of life within the community by creating an environment in
which band members have better access to education, health and
justice services in order to meet the needs of our citizens.
Respect, harmony, self-reliance and involvement are positive attitudes
in which the Wahpeton Dakota Nation encourages the people to keep
Wahpeton was established and recognized as a Reserve in 1894.
Present day Wahpeton Dakota Nation is located 15 km northwest of
Prince Albert. The Dakota People had been living in and around this
area for hundreds of years having campsites in the following areas:
Little Red River Park (94B), Peter Pond, Cooke Municipal Golf Course,
Carlton School, Miller´s Hill and a few other places in what is now known as Prince Albert. Wahpeton Dakota Nation is the
smallest Band within the Prince Albert Grand Council
and has the highest employment rate per capita.
There are seven of nine family groups living on
Wahpeton Dakota Nation and each of these groups
appoint one family member to represent them on each
committee. The committee is the recommending body to
the Chief and Council with each committee being
chaired by the respective Portfolio Councillor. The Chief
and Council ratify all recommendations brought forth by
the committees. The major decisions are made at the
Chief and Council level or at the General Assembly.
Currently, there are 425 people registered with the
Wahpeton Dakota Nation, with 230 residing On-
Reserve. All Band employed personnel are given the
opportunity to take First Aide/CPR training. Everyone is
encouraged to become involved in activities, which
enhance the operation and growth of our community.
The pursuit furthering post-secondary education and
professional development is strongly encouraged. Many
of our members have been trained in areas such as:
foster parenting, emergency response, fire fighting, committee membership, intervention and prevention
(drugs, alcohol, behaviour, child and spousal abuse and
bullying). Computer literacy is at about 85% with a
general literacy rate of 100% On-Reserve. Participation
and growth in our culture and traditions is a priority as
we are also seeking to preserve our language and
The main body of Wahpeton Dakota Nation lands
consists of 5 and ¾ Sections located on 94A and 80
acres located at Wahpeton 94B, located adjacent to
Little Red Park. Presently, we are working on a permit
basis only with the local farmers. Leases are not offered
in order for Wahpeton Dakota Nation to retain control of
Wahpeton Dakota Nation is working on new business
ventures, such as, the Bison Jerky Project and bottled
spring water. The bison operation has about 280 bison
grazing the pastures on Wahpeton 94A. We also have a
small growing herd in Standing Buffalo (approximately
32 head). Tatanka Convenience Store continues to be a profitable enterprise, employing 4 part time employees and a few casual
workers. Other partnership revenues include the South Hill Minor
Emergency, PA First Nation Business Development LP, Sundry and
PAGC, PADC Holdings, Men´s Healing Lodge 94B and IMI Brokerage
Company. Tatanka Public works is an on-going business initiative.
The Health Program operates with a Director and eight staff members,
with two health professionals in the community from PAGC one or more
days per week. There are a number of programs that are on-going
throughout the year such as the Family Wellness Programs, Coffee Talk,
Pre-Natal and Post-Natal, workshops on Mental Health and NNADAP
services for the community members. The centre also has a
comprehensive community/home care nursing program and
environmental health services.
Education - School Profile
Wahpeton Dakota Nation School offers a strong academic program
consisting of the Saskatchewan Education curriculum, equivalent
provincial programs and CTBS testing. Classes are offered for
Nursery/Kindergarten to grade 9 with the grades 10-12 transported to
Carlton Comprehensive High School in Prince Albert. We have a strong
Dakota Cultural Language Program offered with half hour lessons on a
daily schedule with adults invited to participate.
Other community school program consists of such events as: meet the
teacher night, the parent/teacher interviews has a 94 % attendance
rate. The Christmas Concert includes a family portion along with a high
percentage of parent involvement in the school, ie, chaperoning,
volunteering and family provided scholarships at the graduation
Day care/Headstart Programs
The Day Care Program consists of providing five seats for children aged
0 to 5 years of age. The Aboringinal Headstart Program is running at full
capacity with nine students attending in the morning and twelve
students in the afternoon. There is a monthly schedule that is posted for
the parents and community members to sign up on a volunteer within
the classroom. The present goal is to secure enough funds to complete
the extension for a larger classroom.
The recreation program is open to youth between the ages of 6 - 17, six
days a week and is operated out of the Health Program. The program
consists of the four categories: winter, summer, fall and spring activities.
Within these categories they work with sports and cultural activities.
The Dakota Oyate Dance Troupe is also a successfully operated
program that brings together both the youth participants and adults from
within the community.
Wahpeton has a quarter time Justice Worker, through
PAGC, who is responsible for all areas of the
Community Justice program. The Justice Committee
meets once a month to deal with the issues that pertain
to the community. There are ongoing workshops offered
for adults and youth in the area of Justice.
The annual graduation celebration was held on June
17, 2004. This community gathering acknowledge the
accomplishments and achievements of students of all
ages, from the Headstart Program to Post-Secondary
Nine students graduated from the
- twelve kindergarten students
- eight grade six students
- six grade nine students
- five grade twelve students
- post-secondary students
Wahpeton Dakota Nation Powwow
We would like to extend an invitation to all those who
wish to participate in the Wahpeton Dakota Nation
Powwow. This event will be held July 8-10, 2005.