Lakota Language Program Events

From 2008–2014, we focused on textbook development and materials for the classroom, while making Lakota language learning strong at RCIS; now, we are working on broadening that scope and taking the language outside of the classroom. Listed below are events and activities for our students, as well as those open to the community.


Beginning August 23, 2017, the LLP will offer language classes every Wednesday from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the RCHS library except the last Wednesday of each month. Tama I'atala, the LLP Activities Coordinator, leads these weekly lessons. These classes focus on vocabulary building and sentence structure in a real-life context in hopes of preparing participants for conversational proficiency. Participants will gain a variety of language skills related to greeting visitors, offering refreshments, and daily activities such as making a bed, showering, washing dishes, etc.. This class is open for RCIS parents, staff, and any community members who are interested in learning the Lakota language. For more information, please contact Tama at


The LLP will be hosting the 4th Annual Wakȟáŋyeža Wóškate (Children's Fair) on Thursday, May 17th from 1pm-5pm in the Elementary gym along with members of TVCDC's Lakota Language Initiative. Come join us for fun and Lakȟól'iyapi! For more information, please contact Tama I'atala at


Our 4th Annual Lakȟól'iya Wičhóthi will be held June 6th-10th, 2017 at RCIS. At this camp, students will have the opportunity to practice and expand upon the Lakota language they've been learning in class throughout the school year. The camp is on-site and overnight at RCIS. All hands-on learning activities will be led by our Lakota language teachers. Click here for a general overview of camp activities. For more information, please contact Tama I'atala ( or Melissa Strickland (

The LLP and TVCDC's Lakota Language Initiative are hosting the 3rd Annual Lakota Children's Fair on May 13th in the RCIS Paul Dizzy Memorial Fieldhouse. The annual run will begin at 9am, and the fair will run from noon-3:00pm. For more information, please contact Tama I'atala at

Mackert's Annual Family Spring Craft Night is Wednesday, April 5th from 4pm–7pm in Serena Hall. Stop by the LLP table!

Roger White Eyes, RCHS language teacher, and Melissa Strickland, LLP program coordinator, are representing RCIS at the 2017 Linguistic Society of America Conference in Austin, TX! They're participating in a session organized by the Endangered Language Fund and presenting a poster on our Lakota Language Project! Click here to learn more about other participating schools and communities.

The LLP will be at LNI! Not only will we be supporting the Lakota Language Bowls, but we will also have an educational table on Friday, December 16th at the Civic Center. Please stop by to learn more about our project and RCIS!

Mackert's Annual Christmas Craft Night is Thursday, December 1st from 4:00pm–7:00pm in Serena Hall. Stop by the LLP table to make holiday ornaments with instructions in Lakȟóta! Wóšpipi oíyokiphi yuhá pe/po! (Have a Merry Christmas!)

RCIS is holding a Buffalo Harvest on Friday, November 4th, 2016, beginning at 9:00am at the Bus Garage on campus. It is sponsored by RCHS seniors, the Spiritual Formation Department, and the LLP, and this event will allow our students and staff to participate in a Buffalo Prayer Ceremony, butchering and distribution, as well as learn about the parts of the buffalo in Lakȟóta.

RCES is hosting its Halloween Carnival on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in the Little Gym from 4:00-7:00pm. In addition to the Haunted House, Face Painting, and Cake Walks (and more!), the LLP will have some fun activities in Lakȟóta. Itóǧiŋ Kitȟúŋpi aŋpétu iyúškiŋyaŋ yuhá pe/po! (Have a Happy Halloween!)

The 3rd Annual Lakota Language Camp was a success! Please read more: Third Annual Lakota Language Summer Camp Continues to Grow and Inspire

RCIS is hosting its 3rd Annual Lakota Language Camp June 19th–22nd, 2016. During this on-site, overnight, 4-day camp, we aim to use the Lakota language as much as possible in hands-on learning activities led by our language teachers, fluent speakers, & community members. Click image for more details.

The Lakota Immersion Childcare (LIC) is hosting its 2nd Annual Lakota Children's Fair on May 14th in the RCIS Paul Dizzy Memorial Fieldhouse. We hope to see you there for games, food, and Lakȟól'iyapi!

Join us for the fourth session of Lakȟól’iyapi Kičhímani, Walking with the Language, on Wednesday, April 20th at 4PM!

Mackert's Annual Family Spring Craft Night is Wednesday, March 2nd from 4pm–7pm in Serena Hall. Stop by the LLP table to make spring-themed Lakota miniBooks (Lakȟóta Wówapi Čík’ala)!

We're about to do it again, another night of engaging Lakota language learning for the whole family! Join the #LakotaLanguageProject and Lakota Language Immersion Childcare staff February 17th in an evening of language learning that includes a variety of breakout sessions for the whole family! Learn more here:

Join us from 4:00PM - 6:30PM for the first session of Lakȟól’iyapi Kičhímani, Walking with the Language – An evening intended to strengthen language usage between yourself as a parent or guardian and your student – that you may walk together with the language. Open to ALL K-12 students, parents/guardians, and community members! #LakotaLanguageProject

Help champion this initiative

Contribute to the success of the Lakota Language Project by making a gift online or calling our Advancement Office at 605/867-1105 ext. 2300 to learn more about how your family or foundation can partner with us.