Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to Host 12th Annual  Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute at Sitting Bull College

Published February 14, 2018

FORT YATES, NORTH DAKOTA – The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, in partnership with Sitting Bull College, will host the 12th annual Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute (DLSI) on the main Sitting Bull College campus in Fort Yates, ND from June 4 through June 22, 2018.

This year, the newly named Dakota/Lakota Summer Institute will be one of three opportunities to study the Dakota/Lakota language at Tribal Colleges throughout Lakota Country, with two new, independent institutes starting at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, ND and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, SD.   DLSI at Sitting Bull College is open to any individuals interested in learning and teaching the Dakota/Lakota language. There are many new and exciting aspects of DLSI 2018 besides the name change:

● Courses for all learning levels, from beginners (no experience necessary) to fluent speakers;  ● More opportunities to learn the Dakota language than ever before;
● A range of teaching methodology and linguistics courses; and
● Field courses focusing on hands-on Dakota/Lakota cultural activities and experiences led by fluent speakers.

All courses will be available for credit or CEUs through Sitting Bull College, with participants able to work towards earning an Associate of Science degree in Lakhotiyapi/Dakhotiyapi (more information here: Lodging will be available at the Sitting Bull College dorms and the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort.   Pre-registration will take place through in April 2018, with more details about this year’s exciting range of courses and instructors to follow.

For information about the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Language & Culture Institute visit
For information about Sitting Bull College visit

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