Sitting Bull College Receives NEH Grant to Record Lakota/Dakota Language

Aug 13th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Sitting Bull College is launching a three-year humanities initiative on language revitalization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Language Project will record a collection of fluent speakers of the language on the Standing Rock reservation in North and South Dakota.

Project coordinators will record fluent speakers in conversation, providing not just a record of the language, but history and culture as spoken through the language. This project is an invaluable part of efforts to reinvigorate the endangered Lakota/Dakota language. The recordings will form a bridge between a dwindling generation of fluent speakers and a new generation of young speakers learning Lakota/Dakota through courses, immersion programs, and institutes at Sitting Bull College.

The project, guided by Sitting Bull College faculty and staff in cooperation with the speakers themselves, will provide a valuable collection of audio and video recordings for present and future Lakota/Dakota speakers and learners. The recordings will be housed at Sitting Bull College’s library.

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