NATIVE NEWS ONLINE – Now in its fourth year, the school is making strides with students to develop lifelong language learners who will preserve both the Lakota language and culture. “The families and children who understand it are intellectual human beings and have the capacity to be economically independent,” Sage Fast Dog, the school’s founder and director, told Native News Online. “Over the last 150 years, schools have not been successful with Native Americans doing that. That’s why this school needed to be put in place. We have to take back our education.” The program has more than 30 kindergarten through third-grade students taught primarily in Lakota in language.
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