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November 22 2013 Staff Recognition and Honoring of 10 year staff 


Responsibility-Take Responsibility for behavior.

Encouragement-Encourage peers to make better choices

Self-Control-Follow rules/expectations, keep anger in check.

Positive Attitude-Maintain a positive attitude/be a role model/leader.

Empathy-Consider other's feelings.

Constructive Criticism-Accept feedback without arguing.

Treat Others with kindness and Fairness -Reach out to others.

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Welcome to the website for Wanbli Wiconi Tipi. We are a 36 bed Juvenile Detention Facility operated by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe through funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. We also have an 11 bed temporary holding area (booking) and a 40 seat Day Report School.

"We are working for a better future."


"Wanbli Wiconi Tipi" offers structured care for tribal youth law violators and their families with special emphasis on the youth of Rosebud Sioux Tribe (RST). This will be done through a safe and healthy environment for the youth and staff. Adjudicated youth will receive contemporary schooling and services as well as tribal disciplinary practices addressing all aspects of the Lakota culture to restore cultural, societal, kinship values and healthy families.


The Wanbli Wiconi Tipi is a Lakota name given to the Facility by the elderly advisory committee. Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony in the year 2000 members of the elderly advisory committee came out to the site and seen two bald eagles fly in from the north. They flew directly over the site and exited towards the west. The eagle or "Wanbli" is a big part of Lakota Culture and is involved in every part of our ceremonies and celebrations. It is considered a blessing to have an eagle fly directly over you. Wanbli Wiconi Tipi translates to Eagle Life Center. It is the hope of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe that the youth who are served by the Wanbli Wiconi Tipi will fly high like the eagle and will live in a good positive way.

Wanbli Wiconi Tipi Detained Youth Daily Routine

Wake Up                                                       630am

Personal Hygiene

Breakfast                                                        7am

Clean Up

Prayer Circle                                                   8am

Fitness Routine

School                                                             9am

Lunch                                                             12 pm

School                                                            1 pm

Programs                                                        3pm

(Study Hall, Arts and Crafts, Lakota Language, Gang Diversion, Life Skills, Girl Scouts, Anger Management, Wood Shop, Beading, Bible Study, Prevention Videos, Presentations from Volunteers)

Dinner                                                            5pm

Free Time                                                      6pm

(Open Gym, Reading, Television, Gardening, Board Games)

Snacks                                                           8pm

Lights out                                                      10pm

Lights out (Weekend and Holiday)                 11pm


(Information taken from Juvenile Resident Handbook)


You are allowed and encouraged to maintain positive ties with the community through visits. All residents have visitation privileges.

Along with rights, you have responsibilities you must comply with. As a Resident you must comply with the following:

  • Conduct yourself in an appropriate manner.
  • You may refuse a visit from a visitor at any time.
  • Residents may not accept anything or give anything to a visitor.
  • Physical contact will be limited to what is generally accepted as socially appropriate.

Family/Social Visitation Schedule

The following days are designated for visitation:

Sunday 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Holidays 2:00-4:00 p.m.

  • Residents are only permitted two Visitors at a time.
  • Visitation is limited to 25 minutes during the times listed above.
  • All visitors must be approved by the Program Specialist and/or Shift Sergeant prior to visitation.
  • Exceptions to visitation times may be made when extenuating circumstances exist (i.e. parents work every weekend)

Rules for Visitors

  • Only Visitors on the Approved Visitors List may see the Resident.
  • Center rules limit visitors to immediate family, legal guardians, and boyfriend/girlfriend of a resident but only if the resident and friend are the parents of a child.
  • Visitors must dress appropriately:
    • No halter tops, tube tops, tank tops
    • No bare shoulders or bare feet are allowed
    • No spandex pants or excessively tight or revealing clothing.
  • Visitors must show a picture identification when they register to visit (driver's license, tribal picture ID, etc.)
  • Visitors may not bring fire arms, explosives, alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or any controlled substance, other than as allowed by the Religious Freedom Act and as approved by the Facility Administrator, as this is a violation of Tribal code and may result in arrest.
  • Visitors under the age of eighteen will not be allowed to visit. The only exception is if a resident is the father or mother of a child, then the child may be allowed to visit once per week.
  • Visitors must sign a sobriety statement which indicates that they are not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Visitors must not leave children unattended in the Center waiting area, parking lot, or outside the Center.
  • Visitors who are disruptive will be asked to leave the Center and will be denied further access to the Center that day; and possibly in the future.
  • Visitors may visit only the Resident specified; visitors found visiting with other Residents will be asked to leave the Center.
  • Visitors must lock all personal items in their vehicle or Visitor lockers.
  • Visitors may not give anything to or take anything from the Residents (food, money, letters, pictures, reading material, hygiene items, etc.).
  • Visitors proceed directly to the area where Visitation will occur.

  • Visitors will be searched, in order to be allowed access to the Visiting Area.
  • Visitors may be denied under the following circumstances:

.The Visitor is inappropriately dressed.

.Staff has reason to believe the Visitor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs

    . Visitor attempts to give contraband or any item to a Resident.

      .Visitor is implicated in an escape plot.

      .Visitor states or gestures that he may present a threat to any person or to the Center security or order.

        .Visitor becomes disruptive, disorderly, or unruly during a visit or An emergency occurs within the Center.

        • Violation of visiting rules, regulations and procedures may result in visitors being removed from the Center and denied visiting privileges.
        • The Center reserves the right to make individual exceptions to the regularly scheduled visiting times at the discretion of the Director or his/her designee where warranted by extenuating circumstances.

        Visitation may occur in the following areas:

        • Professional Visitation Room
        • Visitation Room

        Caseworkers, healthcare professionals, and attorneys can visit at any time. However, clearance must first be obtained from the Facility Administrator.


        Mailing Address

        Wanbli Wiconi Tipi

        PO Box 70 Rosebud SD 57570

        Physical Address

        Wanbli Wiconi Tipi

        26628 US Highway 18

        Mission SD 57555


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