Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Lakota Language Consortium, Inc.

  • Bloomington, IN
  • www.lakhota.org

Mission Statement

The Lakota language is one of only a small handful of Native American languages in the United States that have a chance of escaping extinction. To accomplish this, a new generation of Lakota speakers must to be trained. LLC provides the pedagogical and technical support to help schools and communities save the language.

Main Programs

  1. Lakota Language Instructional Publications
  2. Teacher Trainings & Support
  3. Berenstain Bears Speak Lakota
  4. Lakota Language Forum
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

States:

North Dakota

South Dakota

Nebraska

Minnesota

Reservation:

Pine Ridge

Rosebud

Cheyenne River

Standing Rock

Crow Creek

Yankton

Lower Brule

ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mr. Wilhelm Meya

Keywords

Self-reported

Native American, Lakota, Sioux, language, revitalization, Dakota, Indian, tribe, linguistic, survival, reservation, education, schools, children, culture, youth, rights

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EIN

20-1158601

 Number

7513693640

Physical Address

2620 N. Walnut St., Suite 1280

Bloomington, IN 47404

Also Known As

LLC

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Since 2004, the LLC has
made more progress in restoring the language and strengthening the Lakota
Language Community than all other attempts combined over the past 30 years. In collaboration with tribal
governments, tribal colleges, and other organizations, the LLC currently unites
50 schools enrolling approximately 20,000 students in the Northern Plains in an
ambitious and well-grounded comprehensive curriculum program that represents
the new hope of advancing the language effectively.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Lakota Language Instructional Publications

Sequenced K-16 Textbooks and Teacher Guides

Textbook Companion Audio CDs

Teaching Posters

Conversational CDs
Children's Song CDs
Children's Picture Books
Flash Cards

DVDs

Lakota Orthographic Font Program

New Lakota Dictionary

Category

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

Program 2

Teacher Trainings & Support

3-week Lakota Summer Institute

Teacher workshops throughout year
Only professional teacher trainings in Second Language methods for Lakota in the Northern Plains (Lakota Country) region.
Pre- and post-testing of students for language proficiency.

Category

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

Program 3

Berenstain Bears Speak Lakota

20 episodes of the "Berenstain Bears" cartoon series are being translated into Lakota for broadcast on South Dakota public television and DVD release in 2011.

Category

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

Program 4

Lakota Language Forum

Online community of international tribal members, scholars and enthusiasts learning Lakota.  Based around the online New Lakota Dictionary, with rapid search and translation functions as well as interactive quizzes and pronunciation guides.  www.lakotadictionary.org

Category

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The Lakota Language Consortium's goal is the complete revitalization of the Lakota language as a living, developing tongue. Our objectives are grassroots leadership (majority Lakota Board of Directors and engagement of fluent speakers as consultants); linguistic accuracy (engagement of linguists with Siouan specialization); a comprehensive pedagogical plan (sequenced textbooks and support materials, dictionary, grammar handbook, digital and mobile applications); professional teacher training and development (Lakota Summer Institute, Total Physical Response trainings); and committed school systems (more than 80 schools now use LLC materials and trainings).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Not available.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Indiana

States:

North Dakota

South Dakota

Nebraska

Minnesota

Reservation:

Pine Ridge

Rosebud

Cheyenne River

Standing Rock

Crow Creek

Yankton

Lower Brule

Social Media

Blog

Funding Needs

Support for the projects listed above Ongoing support for development, printing and distribution of textbooks and teaching materials Tuition and housing scholarships for teachers to attend LSI Operations support for administrative offices in Pierre, SD and Bloomington, IN.

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LAKOTA LANGUAGE CONSORTIUM INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Lakota Language Consortium, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Wilhelm Meya

BIO

Mr. Meya is ABD Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University. He has worked with Lakota communities since 1994 and has been a leader in the revitalization of the language

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Wilhelm Meya

Lakota Language Consortium

Term: Jan 2004 -

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