The School

The School

Pine Ridge is the poorest area of the United States with the statistics of a third world country, lack of housing, lack of heat and running water, 85% unemployment, 70% school drop out, high rates of alcoholism and drugs, very high teenage suicide rates, poor health and nutrition, and a life expectancy of only 47 years. The current reality is that Lakota people are at a precipice—unless something is done to affect change, this once noble nation will be “just pages in history books.”

A team from around the world is working collaboratively in hand with the Lakota nation to create this groundbreaking and life-changing, real-life solution and catalyst for change on the Pine Ridge reservation. When completed, the Sunka Wakan complex will bring unprecedented improvements in educational accessibility, and economic opportunities, to the Pine Ridge Reservation

Architects: David Behar and Shaul Kaner

Sunka Wakan will be an educational, ecotourism, and media complex providing life-changing opportunities on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.  Find out more at



Lakota Cambridge Academy:A premiere global educational facility on Pine Ridge reservation will blend a gold standard of international academics with the Lakota culture.



Sunka Wakan: 2,500 acres of untouched wild land will provide sanctuary for rescued wild mustangs and be a basis for the ecotourism program.



Sunka Wakan Dragonfly Films: A hollywood-caliber film studio producing feature films.


Mitakuye Oyasin

“Mitakuye Oyasin” (We Are All Related) is a short documentary that sheds a light on the problems facing the noble people of the Great Sioux Nation. Filmed in the Badlands of South Dakota and on the Sioux Reservations, this documentary focuses on the reintroduction of the once indigenous wild horses to the lands of the Great Sioux. These wild mustangs themselves face eradication and there is hope this will help build a bridge to a a better future for these wild creatures and for this noble people.  Click here to watch the video