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AGENCY VILLAGE, SOUTH DAKOTA The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate announce the transfer of Association on American Indian Affairs Dakota Language Preservation program to the Oyate. AAIA has operated a Language Program on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation for the past ten years employing a director, a part time graphic designer, and four “Treasured Elders” who have created a wide range of Dakotah-language materials.
An event will be held commemorating the transfer at the new
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate tribal headquarters
12554 BIA Highway 7-11
Agency Village, SD
today at 1:00 pm.
With the adoption of a Oyate Council Resolution declaring “A State of Emergency” on July 30, 2008, the language revitalization and preservation program and its goals moved to the forefront of Oyate Tribal initiatives. The Dakotah Language Institute will continue to employ two full time Tribal members and the “Treasured Elders” in their newly expanded program.
The Association on American Indian Affairs said:
“More than 10 years ago, the Association on American Indian Affairs decided to start a Native language preservation program. Over that time, due to the outstanding efforts of our staff, including our Treasured Elders, the program has created numerous books, CDs, posters, educational board and video games and curriculum in the Dakotah language, many of which have been translated into other Native languages.
We are very happy that the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate has embraced this program and decided to take it on in order to move the program to the next level so that Dakotah youth and children can once again converse in their own language. We are also glad that the tribe has agreed to continue to work with us to continue to make these materials available to other tribes.”
As part of the transfer, the Association on American Indian Affairs will be transferring all the equipment and supplies that the organization’s program currently utilizes to benefit the tribe in this endeavor which will help to ensure the continued success and continuity of the program goals. All materials created prior to October 1, 2013 will be jointly held for usage by either entity. The Association on American Indian Affairs website will continue to provide language access for activities, information and enrichment in the Dakotah language and many of these materials will remain available for translation by all tribes.
The new Oyate Dakotah Language Institute will continue to provide language resources and materials, but also has expanded options of language print services. While AAIA’s direct administration of the program will end, the Association on American Indian Affairs /Oyate Institute partnership has set the ground work for the tough work ahead for the tribe -- Language Revitalization.
The goals of the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakotah Language Institute remain closely tied to those of the AAIA/SWO partnership and include the following activities:
posted October 24, 2013 11:57 am edt