Lakota Greenhouse and Culture Center

News update: Oglala Lakota College campus in Rapid City getting cultural center, greenhouse thanks to Ford grant Nov. 26, 2018

What began as the Lakota Greenhouse through a collaboration of Purdue University and Oglala Lakota College students has expanded to include a Culture Center.

This project aims to build a teaching center that works with existing OLC facilities and integrates STEM, culture and food sovereignty topics per the community’s requests. Greenhouses are increasing in number on the reservation. This one will offer research and development opportunities.

Students will work as small engineering design firms with design leads who guide the process, manage resources and budgets across three campuses. The sustainability of the project resides in this as a course in the College of Engineering and locating the greenhouse and cultural center on the OLC campus.