Wounded Knee

Wounded Knee District School

Manderson, SD


The Kwek Society’s founder Eva made her first, personal period supplies distribution to this school on the Pine Ridge Reservation, after having her eyes opened to period poverty among Native American students by Eleanor Goldberg’s piece, published in 2017, Why Many Native American Girls Skip School When They Have Their Periods.

Wounded Knee District School is a Tribal Grant school serving K-8th grades. WKDS provides breakfast and lunch with the free and reduced meals at 98%. The Mission of WKDS is to educate the future leaders of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The school’s custodian Sis Clifford is the go-to for many students needing period supplies, as her workspace is in an out of the way location and near a bathroom to afford students privacy when they need to change a tampon or pad.