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Great News for Siouan Languages

mathias | September 19, 2011

Indian Country Today just came out with a report on Dakota language immersion programs with a touching 10 minute video. Also, a Lakota language class is returning to Sioux Falls high schools, having been downgraded to a generic Native American Connections class two years prior due to trouble finding a teacher. Now, Tim Easter, a [...]

Dakota Wicohan Hopes for Dakota Language Learning Center

mathias | August 12, 2011

Only 8 speak Dakota well out of the 4,000 Dakota in Minnesota, who are from four federally recognized communities: Prairie Island, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux and Shakopee, not to mention the unrecognized Mendota. However, more are learning thanks to the non-profit Dakota Wicohan (Way of Life). They’ve grown so much in teachers and learners since [...]

Dakota Wicohan Helping Dakota

mathias | July 19, 2011

For three ears now, the organization Dakota Wicohan (Way of Life) has been trying to save Dakota, making a great documentary on the subject: “Land of 10,000 Stories: Reviving the Dying Dakota Language”. They estimate there are less than a dozen native Dakota speaking youths Minnesota, but that will perhaps rise due to a day-camp [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

Cankdeska Cikana Community College Gets 300k Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton

mathias | April 29, 2011

Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) is a rural, small (288 students + 8 matriculating high school students) college owned by the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. It began holding classes in the fall of 1970, but is currently enhancing its library on Dakota culture and language by upgrading its technology, shelving, publications and other media upon receiving [...]

Funds for Lakota Language Efforts Surge in 2011

mathias | February 1, 2011

Yesterday was the last day of January, a terrific month for Native languages, particularly Lakota. In a professional development effort to train more fluent, certified Lakota language teachers for more intensive immersion programs, both the University of South Dakota School of Education and the Sitting Bull College Education Department (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Fort Yates, [...]

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