In January 2016, The Language Conservancy began working with the Fort Peck Tribes’ Language & Culture Department to develop apps for learning Nakoda (Assiniboine) and Yanktonai Dakota languages.
Last week, the apps (for iOS and Android) were delivered.
And in 5 days, already downloaded 800+ times!
Some early reviews:
“Perfect, love it!”
“I am STOKED!”
“Hókahe! Oyáte, Dakȟótia po!”
TLC linguist Elliot Bannister traveled to Fort Peck to formally present the apps to the Tribal Council and the community at large. Elliot also led workshops in spelling and vocabulary, and did additional recordings with native speakers.
The Vocab Builders are smart flashcard apps that enable learners of Nakoda and Yanktonai Dakota to practice vocabulary and pronunciation in culturally-relevant categories.
The apps are just one piece of Fort Peck’s commitment to revitalize Nakoda and Dakota. Both are part of the Siouan language family and closely related to Lakota. According to Fort Peck community members, there are approximately 35 Dakota and 25 Assiniboine first-language speakers in the community.
Download the apps here: