2013-04-03 / Front Page

Rosebud Sioux Tribe adopts Lakota language orthography

ROSEBUD, SD – The Rosebud Sioux Tribe recently approved legislation which designated an official orthography of the Lakota language to be used in local schools and tribal programs. The adoption of an official Lakota language orthography is the result of many years of work by local officials and educators.

The action was taking during a regular Tribal Council meeting held on December 13, 2012. The orthography was developed by the RST Lakota Language Advisory Council which is composed of Lakota instructors from Sinte Gleska University along with Sicangu community elders.

The newly adopted Sicangu Lakota Language Orthography has been provided to the bilingual studies departments in the local schools. Copies are available at the RST Education Department. The orthography can also be viewed online at

The action was taken in order to comply with the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Code of Education. The adoption of an official orthography is a requirement of the Code of Education under the Curriculum and Education Standards Section 401, which reads in part: “Lakota language is an essential element of the life, culture, and identity of the Tribe, and because the Tribal Government recognizes the importance of preserving and perpetuating the language as necessary for the survival of the Tribe. . .The Tribal Council shall establish a tribal orthography to be used in Rosebud Lakota language instruction on the Reservation.”

For more information please call the RST Education Department at 605-747-2833.

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