The Mission of Mita Oyate is to deepen understanding and connection to the culture, songs and spoken language of the Lakota, bringing generations of wisdom to Native American youth and all people with a desire to learn about it.
Mita Oyate is committed to sustaining the Lakota Way of Life by helping individuals understand the significance and meaning of the traditional cultural practices and teachings that are deeply embedded in the songs, dance and spoken word.
The society is in honor of Warfield Moose, Sr. an esteemed Lakota educator who founded the original Mita Oyate in 1982 for the youth he mentored on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He was a man who believed that life was precious, saw the good in people and dedicated himself to continuing the teachings and traditions of the Lakota for generations to come. Warfield Sr.’s kind manner and steadfast commitment made him well-respected and beloved by his students, fellow teachers and the community at large.
In 1982, the Mita Oyate society was unique as one of the few places nurturing Lakota values and teachings. In 2013, Warfield’s son, Warfield Moose Jr., brought the society back to continue the work and the teachings his father began.
Mita Oyate literally means “my people,” but its meaning and purpose centers around the gathering and sharing the wisdom of the relatives and teachers who went before us. As Warfield Sr. always said, “People change, but the ceremonies and songs have to stay the same to preserve this way of life.”
Your Donation Can Help
This spring, a flood that caused major damage across the Pine Ridge Reservation has wiped out the only access road to the Warfield Moose Jr. Sundance grounds.
We're asking for your help to make the needed repairs in advance of this year’s ceremony in July.
• A bigger culvert for the creek-crossing that can support more frequent and intense storms that have become the norm in South Dakota.
• Dirt, gravel and “chip-and-seal” for the road that crosses the creek
• Roofing materials for the top of the Sundance arbor to replace damaged pieces.
• Trellis and posts to replace damaged fence.
• Heavy equipment rental, tools and labor to make the repairs.
The Mita Oyate Cultural Society is a 501c3 non-profit committed to sustaining the Lakota Way of Life by helping people understand the meaning of traditional practices and teachings. Warfield Moose Jr. is the President of the society which annually sponsors the Sundance ceremony on the Pine Ridge Reservation.