Weekend spent learning the Lakota language

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It's an opportunity for anyone interested in the language. Lessons taught at the Lakota Language
Weekend focuses on conversational skills and getting people up on their feet. Using tech support, interactive textbooks and the dictionary to push vocabulary, Junior Garcia says it's a reward for him to lead some of the classes.

Junior Garcia, co-instructor at the Lakota Language Weekend, says "There's nothing I would rather be doing than helping the existence and the survival of the Lakota language."

Saying the goal is to teach people about the heart of the language.

Garcia says, "It has to do with identity, has to do with our culture, it connects to the land, to the people of the land so it's very important for us to continue to revitalize the language and save as much of it as we can."

So for the people living in the Black Hills, it's a learning experience.

Mod Marie of Rapid City says, "Sharing space with other people that are interested in diving deeper into the culture that's here and native to South Dakota. i think that that's probably the most important thing is that we all have a mutual understanding of why we're here and what we're looking to do with it, especially as a white person, what is my role in learning that to continue that?"

In addition, teaching even the people of the land a little more than they already know.

Mod Marie of Rapid City says, "Sharing space with other people that are interested in diving deeper into the culture that's here and native to South Dakota. i think that that's probably the most important thing is that we all have a mutual understanding of why we're here and what we're looking to do with it, especially as a white perso, what is my role in learning that to continue that?

In addition, teaching even the people of the land
a little more than they already know.

Kansas Middletent of the Lowerbrule Kulwicasa Oyata Tribe says, "it's giving me the tools so I can go back home with my elders and join the conversation and sit down with them and really understand and try to have more of a conversation rather than them teaching so much, I can talk back now."

Garcia says with it being the homeland for the Lakota and Great Sioux Nation, this was the perfect place for the two groups to come together.

He says, "It's not a coincidence that the conference is being held here. I think that anyone in the Black Hills should take advantage and atleast know how to greet people whose land they're on."