Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Ruth C Enestvedt


Through a culturally responsive partnership process, a doctoral project to advance nursing education on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota is presented. The collaborative partnership is explored across a dominant Western culture and an Indigenous tribal community. A lens of awareness for White dominant culture is explained in relation to building a partnership with a Lakota tribal community. Traditional Indigenous values of mutuality, reciprocity, honor, and respect are discussed as significant in building a partnership. The process of engaging Indigenous wisdom and respecting Indigenous self-determination is foundational for the partnership process. Dr Leininger's culture care theory and sunrise enabler evaluates the emic and etic context to create caring nursing partnerships across Westem and Lakota care practices. For the purpose of advancing professional education of Lakota and non-Lakota nurses practicing on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, a transculturally relevant model is presented. Shared values and philosophy of the partner organizations, Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MF{. and Oglala Lakota Nursing College in Pine Ridge, S. D., interconnect to nurture a holistic educational partnership model design. The dimensions of ritual, time, holism, and aesthetics create the conceptual worldview for the educational model. Tiyospaye, defined as extended family or a cortmunity of belonging, is the centering theme for the cultural relevance of the model. The curriculum is outlined through a transitional education framework where Indigenous learning and Indigenous self-determination are contextualized. This transitional education will provide fuither professional and personal growth for Lakota nurses and non-Lakota nurses practicing on the reservation. These nurses will uniquely recognize and envision the increased contribution to their cofllmunity and will cultivate the generational future of nurses on the reservation.


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