About The Program
The American Indian College Fund supported a Lakota language and culture revitalization program, Cultivating Lakota Early Childhood Learning Opportunities in 2015 to 2016. Partnering with Sitting Bull College, the program sought to develop a scope and sequence of a pre-K Lakota immersion language curriculum, improve family engagement strategies, create an early learning language immersion assessment system, and strengthen the knowledge and skill of Lakota immersion language teachers. Focusing on early learning contexts, this program envisioned to create a long-term, sustainable plan for Lakota language and culture revitalization.
Cultivating Lakota Early Childhood Learning Opportunities is guided by three main objectives:
- Development of Lakota language immersion curriculum, enriched by family engagement
- Development of Lakota language immersion assessment aligned with curricular lessons
- Provide opportunities for teachers to engage in targeted professional development in language learning and development
This funded project will have intentional benefits and sustained impact on the Lakhól’iyapi Wahóhpi families, children and teachers at Sitting Bull College and beyond.