The Lakota Sioux language, made famous through its portrayal in the 1990 film "Dances with Wolves," is now one of only a small handful of Native American languages with enough remaining speakers to survive...
Lakota: The Revitalization of Language and the Persistance of Spirit
New programs to teach and restore the lost language and cultural heritage of the Lakota Sioux offers hope for the children who live on reservations where dire poverty, suicide, unemployment and substance abuse have become a way of life.
"Rising Voices": New Film a Call to Arms for Lakota Language Revitalization
“When I speak Lakota, I feel connected to all my relatives in the previous generations. I feel connected to my land. There’s nothing to compare it to, the feeling of being Lakota in Lakota country, speaking Lakota.” – TipiziwinYoung, Lakota language teacher, Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, North Dakota, from the film “Rising Voices.”
Rising Voices: New Film Depicts the Effort to Save the Lakota Language
Language forms basis for our understanding of the world, how we relate to each other and how we construct and maintain unique cultures. But language extinction is a common phenomena. Of the thousands of languages once spoken around the world, only a handful survive, and many are at risk of being lost. A new film depicts the efforts to save one such language, Lakota.
Lakota Language Consortium (LLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the Lakota language, also known as Sioux, announced today that only 2,000 first-language speakers of Lakota remain - a decline of 66% in ten years.
The rich Lakota language, in danger of dying out, should get a shot of adrenaline this weekend.
It is estimated that only about 2,000 people continue to speak it, which is why the Lakota Language Consortium on Saturday and Sunday is hosting an event at the Hilton Garden Inn.
Standing Rock Protesters Speak on Panel, Advocate Against Dakota Access Pipeline
Friday Sept. 30, a crowd of linguistics students, professors and other interested parties gathered in Commonwealth Auditorium to learn about the ongoing Standing Rock protest and the attempt to revitalize the Lakota language.
With only a handful of fluent native speakers left, representatives of the Omaha Nation said they hope the inaugural Omaha-Ponca Language Institute will be a turning point in efforts to revitalize the language.
Nebraska Tribe Looks to Language in Preserving Culture
Members of the Omaha Tribe are fighting to keep their language alive. To the tribe's elders, it's not just about preserving the language; it also has to do with protecting the tribe's culture for younger generations.
Linguistics Faculty, Students Help Preserve Native American Languages
Several Fresno State linguistics faculty members and students have returned from doing fieldwork this summer with The Language Conservancy, a national organization that works to preserve indigenous languages.
Trained to Teach: Seminar Designed to Help Educators Bring the Crow Language to a New Generation
Twenty-nine local-area educators were updated on new teaching methods in regards to the Crow language during a two-week seminar, called the Crow Summer Institute, held at Little Big Horn College June 22 through July 3.
Teaching, Not Preaching: Crow Language Instructors Learn Teaching Methods
There’s a big difference between being able to speak the Crow language and being able to teach it. But, for a language used by a dwindling number of people in the roughly 13,000 member tribe, there aren’t many teaching resources.
For many people, the difficulty of speaking a language may be far more disparate than its teaching. In communities troubled with limited resources and Native languages classified as “threatened” or “endangered,” the Language Conservancy offers assistance.
Crow Immersion Camp Hopes to Revive a Threatened Native American Language
Many Native American languages have only a few speakers left. But there's been a push to help keep the Crow language alive. Those efforts are now beginning to pay off. It's no longer just the language of the tribe's elders.
Bloomington Organization Fights to Save Native American Languages
When a language disappears, so does the culture of its people.
Many Native American tribes face the troubling prospect of losing every song, story, value and piece of history once the few remaining speakers of their languages die.