- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A free showing has been scheduled in Bismarck for a documentary that chronicles the efforts to preserve the Lakota language.

“Rising Voices” highlights how people on reservations in the Dakotas are using classroom instruction, immersion preschools and other tools to preserve the Lakota language, which is spoken by fewer than 6,000 individuals nowadays.

The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum will host the screening Sunday.

Among the efforts shown in the film is a Lakota immersion program in Fort Yates with students who traveled from Bismarck and other areas, some making a two-hour round trip every day.

The film also addresses the effects of the assimilation policy that forced Native American children into boarding schools, where students were punished when they were caught speaking in their native tongues.

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