Upper Sioux Language Preservation Program Models, Projects & Plans for Success

Abstract:

  • This report was commissioned by Helen Blue, Upper Sioux Tribal Chairman, to explore ways to sustain existing language programs and expand programming options to increase participation among Upper Sioux tribal members in language preservation efforts. The authors of this report are graduate students at Harvard University enrolled in Nation Building II, part of the Harvard University Native American Project (HUNAP). This report has several objectives:
  • To examine the “state of language acquisition” among the Upper Sioux, including past and present programs;
  • To perform a “feasibility study” of restarting a comprehensive language program, analyzing the tribe’s strengths and weaknesses; &
  •  To provide several recommendations and concrete steps for moving forward.