Dakota Dictionary App Is Here!
Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (DIO) partnered with The Language Conservancy in 2017 to create a digital dictionary to support both native speakers and Dakota language learners. In late January, the Dakota Dictionary App containing 28,000 words was released on App Store and Google Play.
“The first language speakers are all elderly now,” Šišóka Dúta, the director of DIO, said in a recent Minnesota Reformer article. “People can’t live forever. We don’t want anything bad to happen to them, but we have to plan for these contingencies. Eventually those people will be gone, and we have to get as many words as we can while they’re still here with us.”