Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Francis Whitebird: The Lakota Language is dead

Francis Whitebird

The attached audio is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment.

Let's talk language now, and how the ways we look at language and linguistics can drastically misrepresent culture. Francis Whitebird is our guest for this. He's presenting at the Homestake Adams Research and Cultural Center on Thursday.

Whitebird has a master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a fluent Lakota speaker and member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Whitebird received a Purple Heart in the Vietnam War. He also served as chairman of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education for President George H.W. Bush