2014 News

One Summer Institute, Three Languages

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,
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Lakota Summer Institute Registration Opens

Registration is now open online for the 2014 Lakota Summer Institute, well-known as a “boot camp” for the Lakota language.  The Institute (LSI) was opened in 2006, sponsored by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium.  Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND, Standing Rock, hosts LSI June 2-20, 2014. The primary
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MHA Nation Summer Institute

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
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Summer Support for Indigenous Language Teachers

One critical best practice for endangered language revitalization is effective teacher training. Over the past several years, the Language Conservancy and its partner organizations have established robust summer institutes to bring indigenous language teachers the best skills available today for second-language and immersion language education. The
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Crow Summer Institute

Last summer, eight Crow language teachers traveled from Crow Agency, MT to the Lakota Summer Institute at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND, to begin a coordinated effort to create new fluent speakers and give the tribe’s language teachers consistent and effective skills in second-language education.  They held in their hands a new Level 1 tex
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International Mother Language Day

In 2000, the United Nations proclaimed International Mother Language Day, making every February 21st a day to recognize and honor all the languages on the planet as  “the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage … and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue,” as the UN
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Rising Voices Documentary Film Update

The film crew working on the documentary film Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi made two visits to Lakota Country this June and came away with what they called outstanding results. In their first visit, they recorded scenes and interviews with participating families and staff at the Sitting Bull College Language Immersion Nest. The personal stories of thos
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Clicking with the MHA Nation

The MHA Nation – Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Tribes in Fort Berthold, ND – has partnered with the Language Conservancy to publish K-12 sequenced textbooks in all three languages. MHA also plans to establish teacher trainings in Total Physical Response, a second-language education method that has been proven effective and appropriate among Lakota la
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Lakota Dictionary On Your Phone

Last November, the Lakota language rocketed into the 21st Century with no looking back: a free web app to connect a smart phone user with the New Lakota Dictionary-Online was introduced at the Lakota-Dakota-Nakota Language Summit in Rapid City, SD the weekend of November 15-16. The NLD Mobile Dictionary web app was developed and published by the La
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