Language Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota

George Patton (’05) is one of the conference organizers for this historic event. View the website for more details about the conference and how to get involved.
Uniting the Seven Council Fires to Save the Language
Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit
November 11, 12, 13, 2008
Ramkota Hotel & Covention Center
Rapid City, SD

Oceti Sakowin – The Seven Council Fires
The Seven Council Fires are the seven bands that make up the Lakota Dakota Nakota Oyate, known today as The Great Sioux Nation.
Wahpe Kute
Ihanktunwanna – Includes Stoney/Assiniboine

Today members of these bands are located on reservations and reserves in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
Tatanka Iyotaka – Sitting Bull

The last major gathering of the Oceti Sakowin was in 1876. It was Sitting Bull that brought the people together to live the traditional way of life that had been given them by their ancestors. During this gathering of the people, George A. Custer and the 7th Cavalry attacked their peaceful camp and were quickly wiped out by men and women as they defended their homes, their children, their elders, and their way of life.

Today, 130 years later we’re asking Tatanka Iyotaka to once again unite the Seven Council Fires to celebrate and defend our way of life by revitalizing our language.
Click Here to register online now (participant, vendor, sponsor)
Click Here for printable registration forms

To make reservations at the Ramkota Hotel call (605) 343-8550. To get the discount rate of $70.00 per night be sure to let them know you will be staying for the Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit