Individuals and communities are spreading Lakota literacy in a simple and powerful way: public signage and other text written in Lakota. Some examples are in the slide show include: the Standing Rock Elementary School and the Cheyenne River Health Center, bilingual signage keeps the language in front of students, patients and staff at all times. Others make their signage more personal, such as: tee shirts, crosses, yard signs, bulletin board. Some people get more technological such as with flash drives and smart phones. And somepeople are playful with Frisbees and license plates.
Making the language visible creates a place for it in everyday life. This is the opportunity for every student of the language, no matter where you are in your learning, to build a Lakota world. Consistently using the Standard Lakota Orthography helps keep the language understandable to every speaker and learner. How will you make Lakota visible in your life?
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