Sitting Bull College is launching a three-year humanities initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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. Fluent speakers will be recorded 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. Recordings of fluent speakers 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 for present and future Lakota/Dakota speakers and learners to draw on at Sitting Bull College Library.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Language Project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Standing Rock Lakota/Dakota Language Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence