Lakota language classes are preserving culture

Community members gathered to learn the Lakota language.
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BISMARCK, N.D. - Classes are being offered in Bismarck to help save the Lakota Culture, one word at a time.

Kids learn songs like the itsy bitsy spider, while parents build their vocabulary. The classes are held at the Veterans Memorial Public Library at no cost to those that attend. The class teaches Lakota, the language that the state draws it's name from.

"Our language is a part of our culture, and it's relevant to our existence moving forward to preserve our language," said Shannon Ray, Bismarck Resident.

The event is co-hosted by the Native American Development Center and the Standing Rock Language and Culture Institute. Classes are about 2 hours long. The next one will be held on March 11.