Are you of Mandan, Hidatsa or Arikara heritage? Have you been curious about learning these Native languages?
The MHA Nation, the Three Affiliated Tribes, has embarked on a new initiative to support these languages’ preservation and revival.
This summer, for the first time, there will be beginner level courses in all three of these languages, at a specially-organized event, the MHA Summer Institute. This one week session , June 2nd -6th , will take place at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, North Dakota, in conjunction with two other language learning institutes for the Crow and Lakota languages.
For most of the MHA Summer Institute participants, this is a special extension course out of Fort Berthold Community College. The Institute will move permanently to FBCC in 2015 and offer more courses, with college credit for teachers learning second-language teaching methods for their classrooms. It will be an exciting opportunity to learn these languages from the last remaining speakers.
MHA Nation has recently partnered with the Language Conservancy to develop sequenced textbooks for each language. The Conservancy is also engaged to help coordinate the MHASI for intensive language study as well as training for language teachers.
The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara language revitalization programs each have their own web site. For further information about learning the languages, readers can contact Thomasina Mandan, Director, Native American Studies Department, Ft. Berthold Community College, Ft. Berthold, ND.