Lakota is one of the three languages spoken by the Oceti Sakowin Oyate, the People of the Seven Council Fires, who are indigenous to the upper Great Plains. A fundamental element of the culture of the Lakota people, the Lakota language is currently the focus of intensive international efforts at language preservation and revitalization.
USD offers introductory and intermediate coursework in Lakota language. A sequence of courses in Lakota linguistics may also be available. Lakota courses may be used to fulfill a humanities General Education Requirement. Students pursuing a B.A. Degree in the College of Arts & Sciences may also choose to complete their language requirement with four semesters of Lakota.
Students wishing to focus their studies on Lakota may choose the Lakota Language Specialization in the Department of Native Studies. Also available through the School of Education is a Teaching Minor in Lakota Language.
The holdings of the South Dakota Oral History Center (SDOHC) on the USD campus include many original recordings in Lakota by native speakers of the language.
|Armik Mirzayan, Assistant Professor