From June 7-25, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sponsored their Annual Lakota Language Summer Institute. This is the fourth year the Institute has been held. Sixty adult participants from across the Great Plains attended the Institute, many of whom teach the Lakota language in schools.
This year’s curriculum focused on Lakota phonology, syntax and morphology. The instruction was varied to accommodate language learners from beginners to advanced.
The Lakota Language Consortium helped to facilitate the sessions. Their website highlights their many other preservation efforts, including videos, podcasts, flashcards, and much more. One effort of note is the broadcasting of 20 episodes of the Berenstain Bears animated cartoon series on South Dakota Public Television, with all dialogue dubbed in Lakota.