Lakota Language Consortium, Inc.

aka LLC   |   Bloomington, IN   |  www.lakhota.org

Mission

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.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Mr. Wilhelm Meya

Main address

2620 N. Walnut St., Suite 1280

Bloomington, IN 47404 USA

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EIN

20-1158601

NTEE code info

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, the average Lakota speaker is nearly 70 years old, and these existing speakers are not being replaced by new Lakota-speaking generations. This leaves us with a very short window of opportunity to complete a thorough infrastructure for Lakota language education.

Our programs

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

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

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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.

Population(s) Served

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

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Ken Hale Prize for community-driven language revitalization programs 2005

Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas

Bronze Medal - Reference, for the New Lakota Dictionary 2009

Independent Publisher Book Awards

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

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).

Partnering with professional linguists and educators to implement a unified language revitalization plan, including a K-12 sequence of language textbooks with audio CDs, training support for language teachers to develop their skills for teaching Lakota as a second language, publication of the print and online New Lakota Dictionary, and the development of innovative multimedia platforms to bring valuable technology to the forefront of our efforts.

LLC is an organization with broad and committed support across Lakota communities, working together to bring the Lakota language back into common use. LLC is fundamentally a community-driven organization—over 300 Lakota language consultants have contributed to LLC materials over the last ten years. Lakota language consultants create much of our new content, including audio CD recordings, animation voiceover and narration, and many other documentation activities. The planning and review phases for developing all Consortium materials are done locally, among teachers and community language experts.

LLC has published Lakota Level 1-5 textbooks, audio CDs and flash cards; Lakota bi-lingual picture books; the Lakota Alphabet Strip; the Lakota Computer Keyboard and Fonts Bundle; language-learning posters, and the award-winning 23,000-entry New Lakota Dictionary (2nd Edition) that involved over 300 Lakota-Dakota speakers as consultants; and, together with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the 20 Lakota-dubbed episodes of the Berenstain Bears animated series which were broadcast on regional public television stations. New LLC Products include an electronic multimedia dictionary with 46,000 recorded audio files, so that learners can hear the words spoken. LLC has recently released Dictionary and Vocab Builder Apps for smart-phones and tablets, as well as specialized keyboard apps. Most notable, however, has been the effort to improve and standardize Lakota language teaching, particularly through the Lakota Summer Institute (LSI). LSI is now in its eleventh year, with over 170 attendees and 40 instructors teaching and learning best practices for Lakota language instruction annually. We are excited to build this curriculum with upcoming apps and multimedia materials, and we will continue to expand our continuing education programs in the coming years.

Financials

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Lakota Language Consortium, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/5/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Wilhelm Meya

Lakota Language Consortium

Term: 2004 -

Jan Ullrich

Lakota Language Consortium Linguistic Director

Kevin Locke

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Cultural Ambassador

Wilhelm Meya

Lakota Language Consortium Executive Director

Ben Black Bear Jr.

Rosebud Sioux Tribe, Lakota Language Specialist, St. Francis Mission

Joe Bendickson

University of Minnesota, Sisseton Dakota Sioux Tribe

Travis Condon

Hunkpapa Lakota; PharmD NDSU; Pharmacist, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Nacole Walker

Hunkapapa Lakota; Director, Sitting Bull College Language Immersion Nest; Dartmouth Graduate in Linguistics.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No