The Language Summit was an effort to unite the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota (“Sioux”) oyate (“peoples”) in both the United States and Canada in a collective and committed effort to revitalize and strengthen the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota languages.
The theme of the summit was “Uniting the Seven Council Fires to Save the Language.” Seven Council Fires refers to the Oceti Sakowin, the name used to represent all “Sioux” bands collectively.
More importantly, the theme reflected the urgent need for the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota peoples to stand together and take action against loss of their beautiful languages.
Each day started with the entrance of the eagle staffs and a prayer from Arvol Looking Horse, the keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle of the Oceti Sakowin.
Afterward, a keynote speaker addressed the audience before it dispersed to breakout sessions facilitated by language educators and advocates.
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