LAKOTA

About

Lakota is a Siouan language spoken by the Native American Sioux tribes in various states and territories in the US and Canada. With only a few thousand speakers it is in danger of becoming a lost language. Revitilization efforts are occuring however and currently there are programs to teach young children their native language again. Learning Lakota will set any language learner apart from the rest and assist in the mission to resuscitate Native American languages.


Online Resources

Lakota.org
Please visit this website to find a wealth of Lakota resources and to learn about efforts for revitalizing Native languages.


Online News

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Top Products

Reading and Writing the Lakota Language
The first book written for learning Dakota by a native speaker. Includes cultural insights and emphasizes vocabulary and pronunciation.

New Lakota Dictionary
When a language has so few resources the 'New Lakota Dictionary' is a God send. The issue is that it is hard to find or expensive on the free market at times.

Lakhotiya Woglaka Po! - Level 1
This book is designed for self-study and includes lessons, activities, games, and important vocabulary. There are also levels 2, 3, 4, and 5 available.


Where Can I Study It?

Sitting Bull College offers an AS in Lakota Language

Lakota Summer Institute offers a yearly Lakota language session


Famous Speakers

Albert White Hat Sr.
Albert was a tribal leader and educator who promoted the tradition and language of his people.

Crazy Horse
Famous for leading his people to victory at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

Sitting Bull
Resistance leader against US government interests during the westward expansions


Cultural Products

Lakota Woman
This is the story of Mary Brave Bird, a woman who grew up on a Lakota reservation in South Dakota and later joined the American Indian Movement. It includes straight forward accounts of life on the reservation and the life of tribe members during this time period.

The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living
Joseph M. Marshall, a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux tribe, communicates the core qualities of a fulfilling Lakota life...including respect, love, compassion, and sacrifice. This book is the philosophy of Lakota living.

Returning to the Lakota Way: Old Values to Save a Modern World
This is a follow up to 'The Lakota Way' presented above and tells stories to communicate the Lakota way of life.

The Lakotas and the Black Hills: The Struggle for Sacred Ground
A history of the Lakota and their struggles against the endless tide of settlers and foreign government interests.