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    Lakota Language Consortium is working to save and grow one of the largest remaining Native American language groups, Lakota, for the generations to come. We also hope that our work with Lakota may provide a blueprint for revitalization work in other Native American languages.

    LLC is working to ensure that the Lakota language can be used in every household of the reservation and that Lakota children can be raised as first language speakers. This work includes providing every Lakota parent with the means to speak Lakota daily, and every Lakota child with the means to become a fluent second-language speaker and writer at school. Young Lakota are already developing the language’s modern usage on every media platform. LLC’s vision is to help tribal leaders and teachers build a lasting foundation – in linguistic understanding and diligent practice -- for speaking, reading and writing vibrant Lakota.
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    Lakota Language Consortium is one of the foremost Native American language organizations in the United States. LLC is made up of Native community leaders, linguists, and volunteers. Its primary mission is the complete revitalization of the Lakota language -- one of only a small number of Native American languages left that has a significant chance of survival.

    Over the past decade, LLC's coordinated work in Lakota language revitalization has produced the first-ever professionally developed Lakota language materials for school children. Participation of 20,000 Lakota children from more than 53 schools across North and South Dakota make the Consortium the most active language revitalization organization of its kind. LLC trains teachers in second-language education methods, produces the language materials, sponsors community and educational events, and directs other efforts to preserve the unique identity that Lakotas have maintained through their language.
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    Native American languages have suffered especially destructive historical pressures whose effects are only now starting to be fully realized. Perhaps only a dozen Native American languages of the original 400-500 have a chance of surviving beyond the next thirty years. Government aid for this problem has been severely limited and the few grant-making private foundations working on language revitalization have been strained by the demand. There are very few organizations working to raise funds for endangered Native American languages.
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    Over the past decade, LLC's coordinated work in Lakota language revitalization has produced the first-ever professionally developed Lakota language materials for school children. Participation of 20,000 Lakota children from more than 53 schools across North and South Dakota make the Consortium the most active language revitalization organization of its kind. LLC trains teachers in second-language education methods, produces the language materials, sponsors community and educational events, and directs other efforts to preserve the unique identity that Lakotas have maintained through their language.
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    LLC is always working on new ideas, materials and projects to promote and preserve Lakota language and culture. Currently, LLC is developing new textbooks and audio CDs for the classroom as well as collaborating with our sister organization, The Language Conservancy, and Florentine/Hott Productions to produce Rising Voices/ Hótȟaŋiŋpi, a documentary on the growing Lakota language revitalization movement.
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