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4th LSI 2010
The 2010 Lakota Summer Institute has ended, with the highest attendance numbers we have seen yet. Sixty teachers and adult learners came to Sitting Bull College at Standing Rock during June, for three weeks of intensive Lakota language study. LLC introduced a new textbook, and a new Second Language trainer, at this lively and fruitful gathering.
Most of our LSI students teach at schools in Rosebud, Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River-Eagle Butte, and Standing Rock. But this year we learned that Lakota language teachers are not just in the Northern Plains! Two new students came from the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Junior Garcia and Anpao Duta Flying Earth proved to be bright young teachers.
Nor is LSI only for language teachers. Petra Reyna is a Standing Rock member who teaches biology at Standing Rock High School. After extensive university education, Petra returned to her hometown of Fort Yates with the intention to become a fluent Lakota speaker, and now she values learning alongside her children as they do their Lakota language homework. LSI could not occur – especially this year – without the dedicated support work of Sunshine Carlow of Fort Yates, and her assistants, Nacole and Danielle. Thanks must also go to SRST and Sitting Bull College for their consistent support of the LSI. College for their consistent support of the LSI.