Three other Native American languages at a crossroads between survival and extinction are Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara. Like Crow and Lakota, these are endangered languages of the Northern Plains; and, there are enough fluent speakers in each to merit a coordinated push for language revitalization.
What sets this initiative apart is that the three languages are being revitalized by one tribal entity, the MHA Nation. In MHA’s unique history, three tribes with distinct cultures and languages have had to share land and a tribal government as one nation.
MHA Nation has recently partnered with the Language Conservancy to develop sequenced textbooks for each language, and to create a summer teacher-training institute for second-language teaching methods and advanced language study.
Fort Berthold Community College in Fort Berthold, ND will become the home for the MHA Summer Institute in 2015. MHASI will get its start this year, 2014, with a one-week session June 2-6 at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND (Standing Rock Indian Reservation), concurrent with the annual Lakota Summer Institute.
MHA Nation has a web site for each of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara revitalization movements, and one for the MHASI. For further information about learning the languages, readers can contact Thomasina Mandan, Director, Native American Studies Department, Ft. Berthold Community College, Ft. Berthold, ND (email@example.com).