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.
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