Dakota Wicohan (wee-CHO-han) means the Dakota Way of Life
Today only 5 remaining first generation speakers within the four Dakota communities in Minnesota.
Dakota Wicohan partners with the communities to overcome this challenge by:
Building a strong language and lifeways program that transmits Dakota life ways
Growing and sustaining the base of cultural activists who lead this movement
Securing resources to support the vision
The essence of Dakota language recalls, instructs and heals
our inherent relationship with Creation,
which is essential to the continuation of indigenous communities. Dakota language, culture and history will strengthen Dakota identity, kinship and community well being.
Listen to Some of Minnesota's First Language Speakers
Want to Learn More About Minnesota's First Language?
Knowing the story of our language is an important part of the Dakota language revitalization movement. Dakota Iapi Teunhindapi: We Cherish the Dakota Language is that story told in this 54-minute documentary based on interviews with Dakota elders and teachers. Companion curriculum and handbook are also available. Regardless of background, we encourage everyone to listen to this important story.