indigenous language

In The Moment ... February 11, 2019 Show 513 Hour 2

One of Governor Kristi Noem's early plans is to move the state's Indian Education Director from the Department of Education into the Office of Tribal Relations.

David Flute, Secretary of the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations, discusses the planned move. He also visits about Senate Bill 126, the Indigenous Langauge bill.

Jenifer Jones / SDPB


A state senate committee is advancing a bill that codifies the official indigenous language of South Dakota.

It’s the first step in the legislative process to codify the official indeginous language of the state as the language of the O’ceti Sakowin, or the Seven Council Fires, which is comprised of three dialects: Dakota, Lakota and Nakota.

Faith Spotted Eagle is Ihanktonwan Dakota and Nakota from the Yankton Reservation. She says she testified in favor of the bill to show support for her grandchildren.