Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Dakota - Nakota - Lakota

Aboriginal Languages of Manitoba
An organization dedicated to promoting the retention of Manitoba's Aboriginal languages, including Dakota. Language resource materials can be purchased from their catalog.

AISRI Dictionary Database
A dictionary database of six Native languages, including Dakota, Lakota, and Assinboine. Developed by the American Indian Studies Research Institute at the University of Indiana - Bloomington.

Association on American Indian Affairs
View AAIA's catalog of Dakota language materials for children including books, music, and CD-Roms.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is proud to introduce it's Website to the Internet!

Dakota & Lakota Texts
A variety of texts digitized by Jan F. Ullrich.

Dakota Curriculum Project
It is imperative that all Dakota Children know about their history, culture, and language in order for the Dakota culture to survive. These valuable teachings are being lost as too many of our young children are being assimilated into the dominate society... The Creator gave the Dakota People (Ikche Wichashta) a language (Dakota lya) to communicate with each other.

Dakota Dictionary Online
Search for words in English or Dakota (must have Dakota Font installed).

Dakota Font
Download for Mac or PC.
(Installation instructions at

Dakota Iapi Teunhindapi Consortium (Pipestone, Manitoba, Canada)
A consortium dedicated to to assisting communities in creating a network of human resources and resources that will produce future speakers of Dakota, Nakota, Lakota.

The Dakota Language Homepage
"We appreciate the great interest in the language. As you will discover by going through our site, however, we believe that learning by translation is a hindrance to the actual speaking of the language. We will continue to provide you with opportunities to speak the language, but we feel that offering translations runs counter to our goal."

Dakota Language Program
Interactive course website including lessons, dialogues, activities, and more.
User name: wounspekuwa
Password: d4k0t4

Dakota-net Listserv
Dakota-net ( is a free Internet email listserv created to serve as a venue for making announcements about Dakota language activities and for distributing information about Dakota language resources and programming in the region.

Dakota-Nakona Language Lessons
Interactive lessons from Fort Peck Community College.

Dakoteyah Wogdaka - Talk Dakota!
An interactive audio program with basic words and phrases of the Dakota language. A project of Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC), South Dakota.

Lakota Dakota Information Homepage
Links to resources for Dakota and Lakota art, history, language, and more.

Lakota Language Consortium
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the complete revitalization of the Lakota language. LLC trains teachers, produces language materials, sponsors community and educational events, and directs other efforts in Lakota language revitalization. Materials offered include books, flashcards, audio cds, and posters.

Lakota Legacy
We are Native Americans living on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
We have studied more about our Lakota history and culture. We want to share it with you.

Mnisota Dakota Iapi Owayawa
The Department of American Indian Studies maintains a free interactive Dakota language website where users can access lessons on a variety of topics, sound clips, dialogues, recordings of fluent speakers, and online activities and games.

Due to the critical point of language shift we are experiencing with Dakota in the state of Minnesota, classroom time may be one of the few opportunities language learners have to hear and use the language. We hope that this website will help some people acquire a little bit of conversational ability in the language, but it cannot replace a real teacher. It is only meant to supplement the teachings of living people!

To access the site, enter:
User Name: wounspekuwa
Password: d4k0t4

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Brown at

Santee, Nebraska
The Santee Sioux Reservation is located in Northeast Nebraska along the Missouri River. Bordered on the north side by Lewis and Clark Lake, it encompasses an area approximately 17 miles long and 12 miles wide.
Shakopee Mdewakanton (Dakota) Community
Welcome to the Shakopee Mdewakanton (Dakota) Community

SICC First Nations Language Strategy
The SICC has been undertaking substantial updating of its Language Strategy and conducting extensive consultations on the Strategy with key stakeholders such as First Nations Elders and youth. The SICC released its first Language Strategy in 2006 and it has provided an essential basis for First Nations language advancement and promotion. Further expansion and change is necessary for the Language Strategy to continue to meet the mandate of the SICC.

Sisseton-Wahpeton Community College
Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, a Tribally chartered institution, is a tribal effort to meet the unique post-secondary educational needs of the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, and other residents of the Lake Traverse Region.
Sota Iya Ye Yapi
Better known as the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, the people of this Tribe are descendants of the Sisseton and Wahpeton Dakota bands. They are among the Eastern Dakota peoples whose culture has been more woodland than plains.

Tusweca Tiospaye (Pine Ridge, SD)
A Native 501(c)(3) that is devoted to the promotion and strengthening of the Lakota language on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Tusweca Tiospaye hosts a yearly Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit in November, as well as a summer culture camp.

Upper Sioux
Upper Sioux--Pezihutazizi Kapi. This land we call Pejuhutazizi Kapi (the place where they dig for yellow medicine) has been the homeland of our people, the Dakota Oyate (Nation), for thousands of years
Yankton Sioux Tribe
Welcome to the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Land of the Friendly People of the Seven Council Fires. Pictured is Thurman Cournoyer, who just won the chairmanship of the Yankton Sioux Tribe. Our tribe is located along the beautiful Missouri River on the Southern Border of South Dakota. If you come to visit you will notice the beauty of our vast landscape. There are many activities and historic attractions on our reservation. Boating, hunting, fishing, and sight seeing are among the many things we have to offer.
Delaware (Lenape) Nation
The name DELAWARE was given to the natives who occupied the Delaware River Valley during the colonial occupation of English Governor Lord de la Warr. In their language they are LENAPE (len-ah'-pay) which means "The People" and belong to the Algonquian linguistic group.
Ft. Liard, Northwest Territories, Canada
Archeological evidence suggests that the Fort Liard area has been occupied for over nine thousand years. The Liard, Fort Nelson and Petitot Rivers were natural highways for the native peoples of the area. They provided access from what is now British Columbia, the Yukon, Alberta, and other parts of the Northwest Territories. The Kaska and Acho Dene people still make their homes in this area. People came from as far as the Pacific Coast and other areas to trade at Fort Liard.
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Gila River Indian Community
Gila River Indian Community
The Gila River Indian Community traces its roots to the Hohokam, prehistoric Indians who lived and farmed along the Gila River Basin centuries ago.
Goshute Nation
The Goshute Indians are part of the larger Shoshonean-speaking Native American groups that live in the Intermountain West.
Goshute Tribe
The Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in the west desert of Tooele County. They are part of the larger Shoshonean-speaking Native American groups that lived in the Intermountain West.
Gros Ventre
Gros Ventre Culture and History
As a complement to our Gros Ventre language information, we would like to share our collection of indexed links about the Gros Ventre people and various aspects of their society. The emphasis of these pages is on American Indians as a living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Gros Ventre history is interesting and important, but the Gros Ventre are still here today, too, and we have tried to feature modern writers as well as traditional folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and the issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.
Gwich'in Language
The Gwich'in Athapaskan language has also been known as Loucheux, Kutchin and Tukudh.
Old Crow Land of the Vuntut Gwitch'in
Welcome to the Old Crow - Land of the Vuntut Gwitch'in web site! We hope your stay will be fun and informative.
The Gwich'in
The overview of the Gwich'in people which is presented here is based primarily on published historical and ethnohistorical accounts and suffers greatly by the absence of any significant amount of traditional knowledge.
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