By Marion Blue Arm, University of South Dakota
TRIO Educational Talent Search once again sponsored a great opportunity for our local students. Lečhála akhé wayáwa óta Lakȟótiyapi Language Summer Institutes (LSI) núŋpa el ópȟapi. Cliff Birkeland, Kaelynn Clown, Meredith Swiftbird, Wakinyan Afraid of Hawk, Lynda Charger, Jake Anderson Jr, Leafia Condon, Khalius In the Woods, Celia Looking Horse, Angel Johnson, Angel Anderson, Tami Shaving, éna Dawnelle Garter iyúha C-EB naíŋš Dupree Owáyawa etáŋhaŋpi. Claudia Iron Hawk TRIO chaperone héčha čha ómakiye. University of Minnesota Morris ektá wayáwa.
Wayáwa líla yuphíya ophíič’iyapi na tóna akhígle taŋyáŋ Lakȟól’iyapi čha he uŋ yawíčhawaštepi. Okó iháŋke héhaŋ, Uŋčíyapi Makȟóče ektá uŋkípi na Ȟaȟátȟuŋwaŋ Owákpamni Oyáŋke kiŋ thiléhaŋyaŋg uŋkípi na ečhél aháŋhepipi. Ȟaȟátȟuŋwaŋ šúŋkakȟáŋ eyá yuhá wíčhamanipi na akáŋyaŋkapi.
LSI 1, Thíŋpsila Itkáȟča Wi el, okó yámni heháŋyaŋ uŋspépi na LSI 2, Čhaŋpȟásapa Wi ópta, okó núŋpa heháŋyaŋ akhé uŋspéwičhakhiyapi. Wakpá Wašté yuphíya thaŋíŋič’iyapi.
Blokétu kiháŋ akhé ópȟapi na nakúŋ akhé oíyokiphi yuhápi kte. Blokétu 2020 he le e! Héčhetu!
Recently, several students from Cheyenne River participated in two Lakota Language Summer Institutes (LSI), which took place in two separate locations in North Dakota.
LSI 1 took place for three weeks in June at Sitting Bull College on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and LSI 2 lasted two weeks at the University of North Dakota. During the weekend they got to visit an Ojibway Reserve in Canada and while there, they got to meet, lead and ride some original Ojibway ponies.
The students from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte and Dupree Schools who participated were Cliff Birkeland, Kaelynn Clown, Meredith Swiftbird, Wakinyan Afraid of Hawk, Lynda Charger, Jake Anderson Jr, Leafia Condon, Khalius In the Woods, Celia Looking Horse, Angel Johnson, Angel Anderson, Tami Shaving, and Dawnelle Garter.
Claudia Iron Hawk, who now attends the University of Minnesota at Morris, helped as a TRIO chaperone. The students conducted themselves wonderfully, performed really well, and were praised on multiple occasions by their instructors. The students represented Cheyenne River in a great light! The plan is to attend once more next year, during the summer of 2020, and again have a great time.
Marion BlueArm – TRIO Educational Talent Search Director for the University of South Dakota.