FEWER THAN 6,000 PEOPLE SPEAK LAKOTA TODAY

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LAKOTA IN DANGER

Lakota is dangerously close to extinction. Recent linguistic surveys and anecdotal evidence reveal that Lakota speakers of all abilities, on and around the reservations of North Dakota and South Dakota, amounted to fewer than 6,000 persons, representing just 14% of the total Lakota population.
Today, the average Lakota speaker is near 65 years old. These existing speakers are dying and are not being replaced by new Lakota-speaking generations. According to our recent analysis, the language stopped being transmitted to children during the mid-1950s. LLC's effort to reverse this factor relies on creating a new generation of Lakota speakers while there are still native speakers available to be teachers.


The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project was produced as with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family television sets across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond. This 20-episode Lakota language edition of the Berenstain Bears is a first of its kind - the first Native American language cartoon series EVER.
Rising Voices is a multi-platform documentary project that reveals the growing movement within Native American tribes to revitalize their languages and communities, challenging the expectations put on them by outsiders and those put on young generations by the old.