Šišóka Dúta

  • Sisoka Duta (Sisíthuŋwaŋ Waȟpéthuŋwaŋ) is a Dakota Language Teaching Specialist in the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His undergraduate work focused on Dakota language, culture and history. Following graduation, he worked with two fluent Dakota/Lakota speakers for four years to improve his language skills. He also taught Dakota language for three years at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. He did not grow up speaking Dakota so he recognizes the need to acknowledge the first speakers of the language and to continue improving his own skills, so he can pass these on to his students. He describes himself as student of Dakota language and lifeways not a cultural or spiritual leader.

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