History Revealed Special Program: Dakhóta Iápi

History Revealed Special Program
Dakhóta Iápi (Dakota Language): Its History and Future
with Šišókaduta (Joe Bendickson), Dr. Rev. Clifford Canku Sr. and Heather Menefee

Moderated by Meredith Cummings, RCHS editor
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 7:00 pm

In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library.

Live presentation on Zoom- Register Here
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Free and open to all.

In 2023, Dakhóta language scholars from the University of Minnesota, with their instructor Šišókaduta (Joe Bendickson), worked with Ramsey County Historical Society to write a brief history of Dakhóta iápi (language) in three parts. The piece begins with an early history of the language following settler coloni­zation and extending through the boarding school era. It continues with a collaborative segment highlighting current language initia­tives and the positive effects these have for both the Dakhóta and non-Indigenous communities in establishing themselves in Minnesota history. The article culminates with words of encourage­ment to Dakhóta language teachers and second-language learners from Dr. Rev. Clifford Canku Sr., one of the few remaining first-language Dakhóta speakers and a holder of traditional knowledge.

Dr. Rev. Canku, Sr., Šišókaduta, and graduate student Heather Menefee will participate in a panel discussion about the history of the language and current language revitalization efforts.

Image: From Ramsey County History magazine.