- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The Lakota Summer Institute is entering its eight year and is bigger than ever with the more than 100 participants expected this summer.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1kJ5LgZ ) reports the program started as professional development for language teachers, but it’s now open to anyone with an interest in the Lakota language. It is sponsored by the Lakota Language Consortium and Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Reservation.

Petra Reyna is a Lakota language elementary teacher who has participated in the program since its second year. Reyna says the institute started with about 20 students and has grown every year.

This year’s program runs through June 20. Classes are offered for fluent, intermediate and beginning speakers. Participants can also attend lessons on Lakota drama, northern plains sign language and Lakota flutes.

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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