Lakota language and culture is alive with presentations from students at Lakota Nation Invitational

RAPID CITY, S.D. — More than 20 teams, spanning several states, all competing for the Lakota Language Bowl winning title. The  Middle and High School competition started Wednesday morning during the Lakota Nation Invitational at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.

This is the 20th anniversary for the event. For twenty years, the event has been an opportunity for students to promote and engage audiences in the Lakota culture.

Teams are able to showcase their skills in a variety of ways. The South Dakota Kul Wicasa Oyate’s team played a game of “Simon Says” in Lakota. Last year, that team took home second place.

Sisseton Area Schools’ team delegated a member of their team to tell a brief history on moccasins in the Lakota culture.

Oglala Lakota County School District also had representation.

During the award ceremony, Red Shirt Middle School was awarded Highest Achieving Middle School for their language program. The Highest Achieving Elementary School award went to Wolf Creek Elementary.

The elementary level (K-5) teams will compete December 19th.


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