Sitting Bull College Receives National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Record Lakota/Dakota Language


sbclogoSitting 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


Summer Course Registration Open Now!

We have an excellent list of courses available at SBC this summer and would love for you to take part.

Ever wanted to get your CDL?

How about learn local plants and usage?

Maybe you’re a teacher and want to freshen up on your math teaching skills or a math teacher who wants to freshen up on statistics.

Need a chance to practice and learn public speaking?

We have something for everyone this summer at Sitting Bull College, whether you’re trying to get some courses out of the way for your degree plan or if you just want to spend some time trying something new. Also, LSI, Lakota Summer Institute, is in its tenth year here at SBC and offers a more concentrated experience (3 weeks) with expert instructors and a wealth of courses available. See you this summer at SBC!

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SBC Takes Part in Lakota Language Weekend

Sitting Bull College staff from the immersion program as well as the Lakota Summer Institute recently took part in a weekend celebrating the language. To read more see:

Rapid City Journal:

El Periódico de Catalunya:

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Fund Language Revitalization

Programs at Sitting Bull College have been hard at work with revitalizing the Lakota and Dakota languages. AICF and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have shown a commitment to these efforts with a $1.5 million grant, Restorative Teachings, for 5 colleges including Sitting Bull College. Read more here:

Standing Rock hosting Census test after SBC visit

After John Thompson, Director of the US Census, visited Sitting Bull College in February, the US Census Bureau determined that a Census test would be held for Standing Rock, which an ND Senator reported was “real win for Indian Country”. Read more at the Dickinson Press, here:

SBC/AmeriCorps GED Project Gets Nationally Recognized

From AmeriCorps:

“Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service

Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National ServiceEvery day, in tribal communities across America, national service is tackling tough problems and strengthening communities. On April 5, 2016, tribal leaders across the country will have an opportunity to thank those who serve and recognize their impact on the Tribal Leader Recognition Day for National Service.

As you know, tribal governments are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address local challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact, making our communities better places to live.
We hope you will encourage your tribal government leadership to participate in Tribal Leader Recognition Day! To learn more or to sign up, go to:

Read more and see SBC’s picture at


Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Tribal Education Dept. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS




The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – Tribal Education Department received a three year grant from the Bureau of Indian Education to strengthen the Tribe’s inherent authority over education and to fully execute the Education Code.   The Education Code was adopted by the Standing Rock Tribal Council in November 2012.  The Department is seeking a consultant to conduct a comprehensive analysis of each section of the Standing Rock Education Code.



The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tribal Education Department was awarded a Tribal Education Department Grant from the Bureau of Indian Education in July 2015. The goals of the grant are:


  • Execute the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Education Code addressing legislative action, development of policies, and the development of education standards utilizing language and culture as the foundation of all academic programs to provide a relevant learning experience to ensure the academic success of all students.
  • Conduct an evaluation of the academic achievement of students attending the three tribal grant schools – Rock Creek Grant School, Sitting Bull School, and Standing Rock Community School to ensure that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is effectively administering and managing the operation of their tribal grant schools.
  • Exercising their inherent authority, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will develop and execute a plan to assume the assets and functions of the Education Line Office in a manner that ensures the academic success of the students.




The Work Plan for the grant outlines the timeframe for all activities to be completed.  The consultant will be required to conduct a comprehensive analysis of each section of the Standing Rock Education Code to identify the tasks/activities necessary for legislative action, development of policy, and the development of education standards and the resources necessary to execute the tasks/activities.  Specific tasks are:

Review and analyze the Education Code.

Categorize the identified activities/tasks into legislative actions, policy development, and development of academic standards and requirements.

Identify the resources necessary to implement the sections of the Education Code that require action.

Present the comprehensive analysis of the Education Code to the Health, Education, and Welfare Committee for the appropriate action.



The contract will be effective upon approval of the tribal governing body.  The Tribal Education Department anticipates a selection made by the end of March 2016. Bi-weekly progress reports to the SR Tribal Department of Education Director shall be required.  Timeframe outlined in the grant shall be adhered to the best of the consultant and Director’s ability.  The Standing Rock Tribal Education Department is seeking an individual with documented expertise in the legal, education, and/or related professional field and documented experience working with Native American Tribes, organizations and/or schools.  Consultant may invoice up to 25% of fee upon approval of agreement to initiate agreement expenses related to travel, lodging and incidentals.


Submit the following no later than March 11, 2016 to Emma Jean Blue Earth, SR Tribal Department of Education Director, PO Box D, Fort Yates, ND  58538, Phone  (701) 854-7525, Email  ejblueearth  (Electronic versions welcome).


  1. Resume of all experience relevant to this RFP.
  2. Summary of recent and relevant projects.
  3. Three references: Names and contact information from work or projects completed.
  4. Describe in detail your approach to complete this project.