Dakota Wicohan

Grantee Year: 
2015
City: 
Morton
State: 
Minnesota

Dakota Wicohan is dedicated to revitalizing the Dakota language. With just five first-language speakers remaining, we do not have a critical mass of speakers in our southwestern Dakota tribes. Ten families want to come together to experiment with new ways of promoting intergenerational speaking at home and in the community.  Over the next year, our collective will try out combinations of proven techniques (immersion, total physical response/TRP, and contextual speaking).  Families will compare pre and post level language use and collectively identify an all-new innovative model for family and community-based language learning.  After the project ends, will use what this data to implement our new evidence-based model in our community.