PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) - A school on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota is implementing a new curriculum designed to teach students the rapidly disappearing Lakota language.
The Red Cloud Indian School near the town of Pine Ridge has been working for six years with the American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana University to develop the curriculum that includes software and textbooks for kindergarten through 12th grade.
Fewer than 6,000 people in the world are believed to speak Lakota fluently. Red Cloud Executive Director Robert Brave Heart says that he hopes the curriculum will help preserve the language.