Dakota Intermediate to Advanced Language Initiative
Increased confidence in learning the language among 15 language speakers through: reflective journaling
participation in language classes and focus groups on their regional presentations with the 8 intermediate learners. Also increased acceptance of and use of the language in a community based workplace. Lastly
increased Dakota language skills amoung 15 learners with 7 beginning learning moving from passive to symbolic
or from symbolic to functional and 8 intermediate learners moving twoard fluency and creative language use.
Dakota Wicohan is excited that many are speaking the Dakota language on in the Upper and Lower Sioux Communities. Because of this, Dakota Wicohan has the opportunity to focus on a small, but significant, group of language learners-15 Dakota language speakers. The project goal is to strengthen the community's capacity to reclaim and revitalize their language by nurturing the language skills of 15 Dakota language leaders. These goals will be met by two objectives- Create a safe and nurturing Dakota speaking community-based work environment activity that engages ten beginning to fluent speakers and to grow the speaking and teaching skills of at least eight intermediate Dakota language learners on their journey towards fluency. By creating an active and joyful Dakota speaking, learning, and work environment and by training fifteen speakers, the project should create an increased confidence in learning the language among the fifteen learners, increase the acceptance of and use of language in a community-based workplace, increase Dakota language skills with at least seven beginning learners moving from passive to symbolic, or from symbolic to traditional, and at least eight intermediate learners moving toward fluency and creative language use.