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Lakota speaker to give Middle Border Lecture

This month’s Middle Border Lecture Series will be hosted at 7 p.m. on July 21 and feature Lakota language speaker Lyle Miller, Sr., Ta Wakinyela Ihanbleciya (He Dreams of Thunder.)

Miller’s program, Lakota Iyapi: Speak Lakota, will introduce the basics and history of the Lakota language. Miller will also speak on the world wide issue of language loss and recent regional efforts to revitalize the Lakota language.

According to the Language Conservancy, a language is considered the voice of a people and a culture. As a language begins to be absorbed or suppressed by another dominant language, the peoples culture ceases to grow and starts to fade away. More than half the world’s indigenous languages may disappear in the next 50 years.

Miller, a member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, Ihankunwan Dakota Oyate, studied Lakota Language at the University of South Dakota through the Lakota Language Education Action Program. He is one of a handful of people in the nation certified to teach Lakota Language. He also holds a bachelors degree in art from Dakota Wesleyan University. Miller has taught for 20 years and now serves as Director of Tribal Historic Preservation for the Yankton Sioux Tribe.

The program is free to the public and refreshments will be served. The Lecture Series is presented every other month and features speakers on topics pertaining to the history, art and culture of the Middle Border region. For more information call 996-2122 or visit