The latest news, upcoming events, and new materials from Lakota Language Consortium. This is a special edition of the newsletter that features updates about the NLD 3.0!!
News & Recent Events
3rd Edition NLD
The time has come! We are excited to announce that the print and mobile versions of the NLD 3.0 are now available for order and download! The print and mobile versions offer 41,000+ documented words and 20,000+ of those entries have not been previously documented in any other Lakota dictionary. This dictionary is the work of over 400 Native speakers who collaborated and offered their voices from across the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. Here are some of the highlighted features from the print and mobile versions of the NLD!
Upgraded system of abbreviations
Descriptions of word-stems and stem nests
Conjugation chart included
Example sentences now include a refined use of commas, hyphens, and dashes to reflect compounding, subordination, and intonation
Excellent for self-study
A new grammar section that covers new discoveries in Lakota morphology and syntax
Male and female voices for audio
Consistent phonemic spelling
Superior cross-referencing capabilities
Faster and more responsive than previous online versions
Works offline, without an active data connection
Inflection charts show a complete inflectional paradigm
Copy/Paste by word or line
Save favorites lists and navigate search history
Leave comments to improve future versions
The mobile version for both Android and IOS is free for download and a reminder that if you do have the app you may need to download the update.
Visit the link below to order the print edition today!
NIEA and LLC are partnering together to host the Native Language Lunch and Learn tomorrow (December 14th) from 11:30am-1:00pm (MST) at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City, South Dakota. Registration is open until 11:30am tomorrow. Lunch will be provided for those in attendance. There is a winter storm blowing through South Dakota so there will be a zoom option for those who are unable to join the conversation in person. Registration on your desktop (the link does not work on mobile).
With the release of the NLD 3.0 we are also hosting a launch event to commemorate all the work that has gone into the 3rd Edition. This event will be held this week on Thursday, December 15th from 3:00pm-5:00pm at Prairie Edge in downtown Rapid City, SD. We would like to send a special invitation to the contributors and their families to join us as we honor their hard work and success! A few of the contributors will be speaking about how far language documentation has come, Lakota literacy, and some of the plans in motion for Lakota language. We will also be giving away free copies of the NLD 3.0!!
We would love to see everyone stop in for some coffee and conversation as we celebrate this huge step forward for Lakota language use and efforts!
45th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational
Catch us at LNI! We’ll be set up tomorrow Wednesday, December 14th – Friday, December 16th at The Monument in Rapid City, SD. Stop by our booth and say hi! Jamie, Alex, and Shania will be available to chat or answer any questions you may have about the digital and print materials.
Denver Language Weekend
Another successful language weekend has been completed! We would like to thank all those who attended last month’s LLW in Denver! We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Native American Heritage Month than being in community and speaking Lakota. We had a great weekend creating stories, sharing laughs, and building bonds. We visited new approaches to the language and explored the various ways Lakota can be taught and learned. We are incredibly thankful to the elders who joined our class and shared their views of the Lakota language and guided us through our journeys. We look forward to the next Lakota Language Weekend!
Travis Condon Wičháša Tȟatȟáŋka Wašté (Good Bull Man) will be the voice of the month for the remainder of December and early January on social media! He will be providing the audio for the theme of the month as well as the motivational phrases. Travis is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. He is Iháŋktȟuŋwaŋna Dakota and Mnikȟówožu Lakota (Cheyenne River). He is the proud parent of 5 wonderful children and is a lucky man to have such a beautiful wife by his side, an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He earned a doctorate in pharmaceutical science (Pharm D) from NDSU and is fortunate to be able to provide services in his hometown of Fort Yates, ND as a pharmacist. As a student of the language, he provides valuable insight from the learner’s perspective. He feels great pride in helping preserve and revitalize our incredible language. Travis has been on the LLC board since 2010. We appreciate Travis’ contributions and look forward to you seeing them as well!