Group seeks to increase use of Native languages

A group of educators in South Dakota hopes to revive the use of Nakota, Dakota and Lakota languages among youth and adults.

Dottie LeBeau headed a language advocacy committee that made recommendations at last week's Native education summit. The group says tribal culture should be part of the public school curriculum.

The group issued a report that warned of the loss of the Lakota language. Within 10 years, the report said 90 percent of the residents on the Pine Ridge Reservation will not be able to understand their own language.

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