Lakota Language

Bush Fellow: Amanda Carlow

Jun 26, 2020
Bush Foundation

In The Moment … June 26, 2020 Show 847 Hour 1

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Schools across the state have been shut down for the week for deep cleaning at the recommendation of Governor Noem. Some parents are making the best of their children's time at home by adding tradition to the curriculum. 

Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart owns a Catering company in Rapid City. She’s currently staying at home with her kids, and teaching them how Lakota history relates to their lives today.

Moment In Sound: juQ

Jan 17, 2020

In The Moment ... January 17, 2020 Show 736 Hour 1

juQ is the performance name of Oglala Lakota singer and songwriter Wanbli Ceya. He's an artist and an advocate working to get the language and culture of his people back to life, to get them to sobriety, and to get them to heal. It's the dynamic that drives him wherever he goes.

juQ joins us after having just released his part Lakota language album, "nya", which is the 2nd chapter to his life story, "The Oglala Wolf Puppy with PTSD.” In this segment, you'll hear some music from his November release.

Inside The Lakota Language Academy

Jun 10, 2019
The Lakota Language Consortium

An intensive language course is helping people learn Lakota. The Lakota Language Academy is one of many revitalization efforts in the Midwest. Adult students, including K-12 educators, are meeting on the Pine Ridge Reservation to help keep the language alive.

The Black Hills Corporation Is Celebrating Its 135th Anniversary

Oct 23, 2018
Lee Strubinger

In The Moment ... October 23. 2018 Show 446 Hour 1

The Black Hills Corporation is celebrating its 135th anniversary.  Headquartered in Rapid City, the Corporation serves one-and-a-quarter million electric and natural gas customers in eight states.

David R. Emery is the chairman and CEO of Black Hills Corporation. He was this morning's guest for the Morning Fill Up at The Garage in Rapid City where the conversation focused on building community, economic development, leadership insights and his family's contribution to the preservation of Lakota language and music.

Lawrence Hott, director of “Rising Voices,” joins Dakota Midday to discuss the film.  SDPB-TV airs “Rising Voices” Monday, November 16 at 9:00 p.m. Central, with a repeat on Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 p.m. Central. "Rising Voices" looks at how Native Americans may be facing a permanent silence — the extinction of their languages.  But the Lakota “Sioux” of the Great Plains have chosen a different path: teach the language, bring the words forward, out of the silence of cultural assimilation.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

The documentary Rising Voices features workers and volunteers with the Lakota Language Consortium. One of them is Albino "Junior" Garcia, who lives at Rockyford, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Garcia travels to schools where Lakota is taught and lends his support and energy to the effort. On Sunday, Nov. 14, before the documentary was screened at the Journey Museum in Rapid City, SDPB's Victoria Wicks sat in on Garcia's language class, when he gave a Black Hills group a taste of his teaching skills.