University of Minnesota is launching next fall a Living Learning Community (LLC) called the Dakota Language House, for students looking to learn the Dakota language, US News reported.
The American Indian studies department and the Dakota Language Program collaborated to develop the house.
“To speak the language is to literally breathe life into the language because you’re using the air to speak language, and so, in a metaphorical but in the literal way. So by speaking the language, we’re breathing life into it and that’s actually a phrase in our language,” said Šišóka Dúta, a University Dakota language instructor. Dúta is an enrolled member of the Lake Traverse Reservation and he is Sisithunwan Wahpethunwan Dakhota.