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AE-248016-16Education Programs: Humanities Initiatives at Community CollegesSitting Bull CollegeStanding Rock Lakota/Dakota Language Project4/1/2016 - 12/31/2022$99,998.00Michael Moore   Sitting Bull CollegeFort YatesND58538-9721USA2016Languages, OtherHumanities Initiatives at Community CollegesEducation Programs99998062918.270

A three-year project to record, preserve, and provide educational access to interviews with tribal elders who are fluent native speakers of the Lakota/Dakota language.

Sitting Bull College (SBC) proposes a three-year humanities initiative designed to record a dwindling collection of fluent speakers of the Lakota/Dakota language on the Standing Rock Reservation in North and South Dakota. These recordings of elders, who began their lives speaking the Lakota/Dakota language, are an invaluable part of efforts to reinvigorate the endangered Lakota/Dakota language. Fluent speakers, immersed in “Lakota/Dakota thought” speak differently and it is important to record this to create a “bridge” between a dwindling generation of fluent speakers and a new generation of young speakers who are learning Lakota/Dakota as a first language and will one day seek to draw on these resources. The project, guided by Sitting Bull College faculty and staff in cooperation with the speakers themselves, will create a vast well of primary source recordings in both audio and video for future generations to draw on. The three part project will engage local speakers in conversation