Dakota Wicohan Hopes for Dakota Language Learning Center

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 their founding 8 years ago, they might open a learning center in Morton, which would emphasize early childhood education. So far, they run after-school sessions and day camps, but students and parents yearn for more, such as a Dakota language “Dora the Explorer”.

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