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Language as foundation for a nation

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This interview posted above is from SDPB's daily public-affairs show, In the Moment, hosted by Lori Walsh.

The Heart of all Oral history project is an audio series produced by students at little wound school with support from the national endowment for the humanities. The series aims to preserve the oral traditions of elders in the community and pass their stories and wisdom to a new generation of Lakota youth.

Only two episodes of the audio series remain. It is perhaps fitting that the final episodes deal with the Lakota language and its role in building a future for the oyate.

Today, there are an estimated 2,000 speakers of Lakota. In an except from Episode 7, part 1 of the Lakota Oral History project titled "Walking together, past present and future". Richard Moves Camp explains why it is important to keep the language alive.

Episode 7, part 1 is available for streaming now.