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Associated Press, Published September 19 2011

Lakota to be taught at Sioux Falls schools

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sioux Falls high school students again will have the opportunity to learn the Lakota language starting next fall.

The Argus Leader reported that district offered Lakota as a class in 2008-2009 but lost the teacher.

Tim Easter earned credits last year at the Lakota summer institute at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, N.D., and will be the new Lakota teacher. The classes with be taught at all high schools in the fall of next year.

Easter grew up with a Lakota-fluent mother. He said the classes are necessary to keep the language alive.

Fewer than 6,000 of the 120,000 members of Sioux tribes speak the language. Most live in North Dakota and South Dakota.

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