Lakota Language Institute - KMOT.COM - Minot, ND - News, Weather, Sports

Lakota Language Institute

Posted: Updated:

It all began right here at Sitting Bull College.

"LSI started out as a program so we could keep our language alive so teachers could come and learn the language and how to teach the language. And it's grown every year," says tribal education coordinator Desiree Condon.

For them, the courses qualify as continuing education, but you don't have to be a teacher to attend.

"It's open to people who just want to learn the language. Courses are free. The only thing they have to pay for are their books and dictionary, and they're good to go. It's a great opportunity," says Condon.

This year, 104 people attended the training. Some of them are parents whose pre-schoolers are part of a pilot project where they only speak Lakota at school.

"It's considered a very sacred language. As an adult, I'm trying to learn it, and it's challenging. It's challenging to learn a new language as an adult when you've grown up with English," says Beth White Mountain.

They call it Lakota boot camp.

"There are a lot of guttural sounds that are unique, some kinds of stops and those kinds of things, but no-one will frown on you for speaking Lakota with an English accent," says Wil Meya, Lakota Language Consortium.

Although it can take years to learn Lakota, students say they leave the training feeling empowered.

  • Latest NewsMore>>

  • Oil Industry Increases Park's Visitors

    Oil Industry Increases Park's Visitors

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:44:39 GMT
    Wet weather doesn't seem to have impacted the number of people who visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park this past summer, but it appears the oil industry is enhancing visitation.
    Wet weather doesn't seem to have impacted the number of people who visited Theodore Roosevelt National Park this past summer, but it appears the oil industry is enhancing visitation.
  • Bismarck Schools Host Employee Orientation

    Bismarck Schools Host Employee Orientation

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:43:41 GMT
    Teacher orientation is a common practice before school starts, but Bismarck Public Schools decided to flip tradition on its head by expanding the practice. They are hosting orientation for all district employees before the first day.
    Teacher orientation is a common practice before school starts, but Bismarck Public Schools decided to flip tradition on its head by expanding the practice. They are hosting orientation for all district employees before the first day.
  • Williston Police Lookout for Counterfeit Bills

    Williston Police Lookout for Counterfeit Bills

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:34 GMT
    The Williston Police Department has noticed a recurring trend of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in town.
    The Williston Police Department has noticed a recurring trend of counterfeit $50 and $100 bills in town.
  • TOOLBOX

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
  • Special Feature HomeSpecial FeaturesMore>>

  • Coats for Kids

    Coats for Kids

    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
    Learn how to donate and receive items for the 2014 Coats for Kids campaign!
  • Ask An Attorney

    Ask An Attorney

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ASK AN ATTORNEY PAGE!
  • Mobile Apps

    Mobile Apps

    We have the best Mobile Apps.  Learn how you can download yours today.
  • Me-TV North Dakota

    Me-TV North Dakota

    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.
    NBC North Dakota News has launched a new channel -- Me-TV North Dakota!  If you love the classics, Me-TV North Dakota has them.  Me-TV North Dakota will also play a replay on the Evening and Night Report at 11:30pm Monday-Friday.  As well as, local news and weather updates throughout the day.
  • On the Farm

    On the Farm

    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
    CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE ON THE FARM PAGE!
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KMOT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.