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It is with a heavy heart that we share the following update. This past weekend we lost a great man, father, artist, ambassador, teacher, colleague, and friend Lekší Kevin Locke Tȟokéya Inážiŋ (The First to Arise). Kevin has served on the LLC board from 2009 - 2017 and returned to the board in 2022. Many have known Kevin to walk this earth with humility and a kind heart. His compassion and dedication to peace and unity are known globally and will surely be remembered by all who met him. Kevin was an advocate for language and often said he still had so much to learn about Lakota language and considered himself an ongoing student. We are deeply heartbroken by his passing and will miss his guidance in this world. It is very difficult to know how to move forward.

We offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Kevin’s family and friends during this time. Čhaŋtéuŋyazaŋpi.
The Recent Lakota Stories Launch Event
We would like to send a huge wóphila to everyone that attended the successful first event at our new office in Kyle, SD! The launch of Lakota Stories was wonderful and we saw attendees from several generations. Alex Fire Thunder led a presentation honoring the life of Ella Deloria and took a dive into what the culture and language looked like in her earlier years. Ella's contributions to language are predecessors to how we see language today.

Participants received a preview copy of Lakota Stories. The Lakota Stories book is a mono-lingual text completely in Lakota that gives Lakota speakers and learners a chance to fully submerge themselves in the language. We anticipate Lakota Stories becoming available in the LLC bookstore by mid-November. 

One of the great things about gathering together to discuss language is when we look at where the story of purposeful language documentation began it gives us a better look at the future and how we can be a part of that history. We shared a meal together, conversed in Lakota, and set the tone for how our Kyle office will be used moving forward. There is hope for our office to become a place we can speak Lakota and eat while sharing each other's company. Thank you to South Dakota Humanities Council and again to everyone that stopped by and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
World Indigenous People's Conference on Education
September 26th - 30th TLC attended a conference at Tarndanya (place of the red kangaroo) in Adelaide, Australia .
 
WIPCE is the largest and most diverse Indigenous education forum in the world. Here, TLC shared their mission and materials with speakers and representatives from all over the world. The conference focuses on sharing success and strategies for continuing work for language education, cultural revitalization, and much more. 
UPCOMING CONFERENCES

Bloomington, IN, October 14-16th, 2022

The theme is Languages, Cultures and Literacies in the Margins and Contact Zones.

Temecula, CA, October 25-27th, 2022

The theme is Intertwined Cultures: Stronger Together where Native voices tell their own stories in their own way.
Materials Highlights
CROW FIRST EDITION DICTIONARY

11,000-word 1st Edition of the Crow Language Dictionary! The NEW reliable, accurate, and user-friendly reference text. These Dictionaries are an integral part of language revitalization.

Find it in our store!
News Highlights
WisDOT, Oneida Nation unveil new dual-language highway signs
Language revitalization efforts continue to take off. Oneida - English highway signs that notify travelers of tribal boundaries and names of natural features were just revealed in Wisconsin on September 30th. 
read the article here
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