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News & Recent Events

The Third Lakota Language Weekend held online

Over the weekend of May 16 and 17, Lakota language learners joined Native instructors in Zoom classrooms to learn the Lakota language. Naomi Last Horse and Lora Catches each taught a group of beginner speakers. Students from across the country as well as locations as diverse as Italy, England, and Australia joined to spend a weekend speaking Lakȟótiyapi!

First ever Dakota Language Weekend May 23-24

The first Dakota-Santee Language Weekend was held in conjunction with Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye. This meeting represented a new Siouan language event and a new opportunity to revitalize an indigenous language. We are so thankful for the instructors and students who joined us for this great learning opportunity.
If you're interested in attending the Dakota-Santee Summer Institute this July, you can learn more and register

2020 San Carlos Apache Summer Institute goes virtual

A big thank you to all the instructors and students who made this year's San Carlos Apache Summer Institute a success! From May 26-29, Apache language learners and instructors came together to learn, teach, and speak Apache. This was the 2nd ever ASI and the first year the event was held online. One student wrote: "I am definitely enjoying the institute. It has been an incredible experience to be able to learn the language of my ancestors." 
We want to hear from you!

The Language Conservancy wants your feedback. Apache, Ojibwe, and Lakota people are encouraged to take the surveys linked below. Responses will help inform future projects for the Apache Language Consortium, Grassroots Indigenous Multimedia, and Lakota Language Consortium, including dictionaries, picture books, mobile apps, and digital learning platforms. Please take some time and let us know your thoughts. Without you our work wouldn't be possible!

Product Spotlight

Malak Malak Vocab Builder is now available

The newest app from TLC is the Malak Malak Vocab Builder App. This app is the first project in TLC's partnership with the Malak Malak people of Australia. The app contains over 300 words and phrases divided into 22 culturally relevant categories. The colorful illustrations accompanying vocabulary were designed to represent the flora, fauna, and culture of the Malak Malak people. This password-protected app is currently only available to download for the Malak Malak community members at the Apple and Google Play app stores.

New Crow picture book now available

See the excitement of Montana's Crow Fair in this latest children's book from the Crow Language Consortium. Nineteen pages of beautiful illustrations show readers how to set up camp and lets them see the dancers, relay races, and parade that are important parts of this annual event in August. The book is perfect for preschool and elementary Crow learners. A generous foundation supported the printing of books for any school on the Crow reservation. Teachers can write to and get their free copies for students in the classroom.
Order your individual copy today at

New teacher portal debuted at Lakota Language Academy

We are excited to announce that the Owóksape Teacher Portal is set for release in the coming school year! This innovative addition gives teachers a virtual overview of their students' progress in learning Lakota and allow teachers to customize their curriculum to suit their students' needs. The Owóksape teacher portal is being introduced to Lakota teachers at the Lakota Language Academy Teaching Methods Course. Their feedback will help to continue improving this new educational feature.
Anyone can start learning Lakota at

June 1-12 Lakota Language Academy 

The 2020 Lakota Language Academy will be held virtually this year. The two-week event will bring together Lakota speakers ranging from beginner all the way to Lakota teachers looking to improve their teaching methodology. Oglala Lakota College joins Lakota Language Consortium in hosting this online learning event. 
Upcoming Events

June 8-19 Crow Summer Institute Online 

Little Big Horn College and TLC are excited to host the 8th annual Crow Summer Institute. This will be the first time the event is held online. This event will feature courses for beginners and Crow teachers. We look forward to a great time of fellowship. For more information contact or 812-340-5287.

June 15 Stoney Nakoda Virtual Review Event

During the week of June 15th, TLC linguists will virtually meet with speakers of the Stoney Nakoda language to review the forthcoming Stoney Nakoda Level 1 textbook, three brand new picture books, and the Stoney Nakoda Vocab Builder App. Stoney Nakoda speakers will work to make sure the language is correct and accurate in these newly developed resources and that the illustrations properly reflect the Stoney Nakoda culture.

July 6-17 Lakota Summer Institute North

There is still plenty of space for the upcoming Lakota Summer Institute North Online. LSI-North will offer Lakota courses for beginner and pre-intermediate Lakota learners. Professional Development Credit is also available through University of North Dakota. Don't wait! Sign up today here

July 27-31/August 3-7 Dakota Online Summer Institute

Join us at the first Dakota-Santee Summer Institute held in partnership with Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye and Concordia College. The event features courses for beginner and pre-intermediate Dakota-Santee language students. For teachers, this institute will have courses to help enhance their own Dakota language classes. Sign up today here.
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