Grant for 2015

48 months
Fort Yates, ND—To develop a language institute that enables Lakota/Dakota learning and instruction

The Big Idea

Make education more culturally relevant.

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in partnership with Sitting Bull College and the Lakota Language Consortium, will develop a year-round Lakota and Dakota language institute that will produce elementary, middle and high school teachers who can incorporate indigenous language and culture into the classroom and in various subject areas. The institute will allow the Tribe to expand upon their efforts to create and share curriculum in the language across the region, including through an online learning portal. The partnership builds on the Lakota/Dakota Summer Institute, a nationally-recognized three-week summer program that was established in 2007.