Native Hope celebrates education as a lifelong undertaking that raises self-esteem and opens new horizons for youth. These Native American youth are leaders and mentors for the next generation. They know their culture and embrace it as part of who they are.


Teen suicide, domestic abuse, rape, and sex trafficking are urgent issues plaguing Native American youth living on reservations. The truth can be unsettling, but it needs to be told. Most importantly, real people desperately need help.


Language. Tradition. Ceremonies. Art. Family. For Native Americans, these things aren’t just parts of their lives; they form their identity. Our goal is not just to see Native American culture preserved, but honored, embraced, and thriving.


Where We Work

Native Hope is based in Chamberlain, South Dakota—a state picturesque in its natural beauty, including wide open plains, rushing rivers, the awe-inspiring Badlands, and the stunning forests of the Black Hills. It is also home to nine Native American reservations and four of the poorest counties in the United States.


Leaders’ Society

The Native Hope Leaders' Society is a group of young Native Americans who are inspired to have unique conversations and make a difference in their community. Monthly meetings and events help to empower this group to have a voice and to inspire ways they can take positive action and become strong leaders for their tribes.


Are you a community leader who wants to be involved in our Leaders' Society?

Our mission is to engage members of the Native American communities in creating and sustaining a culture of lifelong leadership development, training, and education. Click the link below to find out how you can help!

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Are you a young Native American who wants to join our Leaders' Society?

If you are a young Native American who wants to make a difference in your community, learn skills for the future, and join our family, contact us to start the journey!

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Ambassador Program

Native Hope’s Ambassadors are part of a growing number of young Native Americans who are finding their voice and are determined to make a change.

They are determined to change the way their culture is perceived. Determined to stand up for what’s right and protect their elders and young children. Determined to find a way to be a part of today’s society and still keep their Native American heritage alive. They come from a line of strong, courageous warriors who did everything in their power to carry on their traditions and way of life.

If you are interested in one of our ambassadors speaking at your school, conference, forum, or other event, please contact us.


Highlights of Our Work

Pathfinder Center Security

Women have stable, safe housing and are protected from traffickers. The 14 rooms in the shelter are now secured, and the women can become part of a healthy, safe community of support that provides assistance while they address pressing legal, medical, and emotional needs.

Girls on the Run

A signature program for EmBE works to empower young girls and promote lifelong fitness. This ten-week transformational program is based on physical activity, and it encourages positive youth development for girls in 3rd-5th grades.

CASA Advocate Training

Advocates are appointed by a judge to represent on behalf of an abused and/or neglected child. CASA works to find these advocates to train and assign them to a child so that every child in the program is living in a safe and stable environment and operating at his/her full potential.

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Featured Programs

Language Ambassador program

We support the teaching of Lakota at schools in South Dakota through our Native Hope Language Ambassadors. These Lakota speakers bring the living language into classrooms for young American Indians. They also teach Lakota throughout Indian country to a wide range of audiences with the aim of raising generations of new Native speakers and saving this distinctive language.

Your support helps fund intuitive language teaching to Native American children in a way that now elevates and cherishes their culture.


Outdoor play area for the Sacred Heart Center

At the Sacred Heart Center, serving the people of the Cheyenne River Reservation, women and children can escape from domestic violence. This is where young children play, grow, and learn, in safety at the center. Your investment in Native Hope can help give these children a place to truly experience the joy of free movement with various educational activities, toys, and recreational equipment. Young Native Americans from our Leaders' Society are committed to overhauling this playground, as well as managing its maintenance and upkeep.


Graduate Suitcase program

Native Hope is committed to helping young Native Americans overcome obstacles so that they not only graduate from high school, but also pursue a post-secondary education. This spring, we’re launching our Graduate Suitcase campaign to help students make the move to college or vocational school and get settled in dorm rooms or apartments.

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