Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

State Legislature Discusses Measure To Recognize Indigenous Languages SB 126 Would Make The Dakota, Lakota, And Nakota Dialects The Official Indigenous Language Of South Dakota
February 19, 2019

State Legislature Discusses Measure To Recognize Indigenous Languages

The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass Senate Bill 126 on February 8th, after hearing testimony from a roomful of proponents, reports Native Sun News. The bill, which was primarily sponsored by Senator Troy Heinert of District 26, would amend previous law to recognize the Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota dialects as the official indigenous language of South Dakota.

Native speakers of all ages traveled to Pierre to testify on behalf of the bill, which was amended slightly before passing out of committee. The bill then moved to the Senate floor, where it was discussed before passing 34-0 on February 12th. It was first read in the House on February 13th, where it was referred to the House State Affairs Committee.

Read more about government and citizenship on the Black Hills Knowledge Network.

Related items

  • Rural Residents Receive Broadband Access Via Connect SD Initiative

    The Connect South Dakota initiative, a $5 million state-funded grant program proposed by Governor Kristi Noem in her State of the State and budget address…
  • Rapid City Organization Celebrates Women’s Equality Day

    In 1920, Congress certified the 19th Amendment, giving women in the United States the right to vote – in 1971, Congress declared that August 26th…
  • Hunter Roberts Named SD DENR Secretary

    Republican Governor Kristi Noem announced Tuesday that Hunter Roberts, former policy adviser and current Department of Labor deputy secretary, has been named Secretary of South…

Get Involved!

  • Need more information? Rapid City Public Library associates are standing by to answer your questions! Ask away in the box below during business hours for live feedback.

    For more on this feature, click here.

  • bhkn donate

    Enjoy our work? Donate today to ensure that community members will have access to our wealth of news, history, and data for years to come.

  • 211 logoDid this post inspire you to get involved? Visit our partner 211's Volunteer Database to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-0058   [email protected]