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Lakota is dangerously close to extinction. Recent linguistic surveys and anecdotal evidence reveal that there are only 2,000 first-language Lakota speakers remaining, on and around the reservations of North Dakota and South Dakota. This number represents less than 2% of the total Lakota population.
Today, the average Lakota speaker is 65 years old. These existing speakers are dying and are not being replaced by new Lakota-speaking generations. According to our recent analysis, the language stopped being transmitted to children during the mid-1950s. LLC's effort to reverse this factor relies on creating a new generation of Lakota speakers while there are still native speakers available to be teachers.

Below are a few highlights from our ongoing efforts to preserve Lakȟótiyapi!

The Lakota Summer Institute brings hundreds of Lakota educators and learners together on a journey into the Lakota language. Join a vibrant, thriving community of Lakota teachers, learners and activists to see how Lakota language can change your life! Don't miss your chance to celebrate this year's special occasion with Lakota Language Consortium, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sitting Bull College! We've got a variety of unique classes, activities and events lined up to celebrate our 11th Anniversary...

Read the latest Lakota Language News here. Follow our updates to receive news about upcoming language events, Lakota language materials and opportunities to get involved with the LLC.

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The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project was produced as with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family television sets across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond. This 20-episode Lakota language edition of the Berenstain Bears is a first of its kind - the first Native American language cartoon series EVER.
Rising Voices/Hótȟaŋiŋpi is a multi-platform documentary project that reveals the growing movement within Native American tribes to revitalize their languages and communities, challenging the expectations put on them by outsiders and those put on young generations by the old.

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