Two young women from the Pine Ridge Girls' School wearing regalia.
Photo courtesy of Pine Ridge Girls' School

Pine Ridge Girls’ School

Porcupine, SD

The Pine Ridge Girls’ School, the only independent girls’ school on a Native American reservation in the United States, provides education for girls grades 6–12 on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. The school, called Anpo Wicahpi in the Lakota language, foresees a day when every Lakota girl on the reservation is prepared academically, spiritually, and emotionally to flourish, reach her full potential, and give voice and energy to critical advocacy, healing, and community-building efforts. Their rigorous college-prep curriculum is grounded in Lakota culture, language, and values, preparing students to walk in both worlds, and proudly be Lakota wherever they go.