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About the Dakota Language

Dakota is a traditional language of the Great Sioux Nation of North America. In the United States, it is spoken in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota; it is also spoken in central Canada.

Because of this enormous geographic spread, there are several versions of the Dakota language, including Eastern Dakota (also called Dakota) and Western Dakota (also called Sisseton Dakotah).

Learn Dakota for Free with our Courses

You can learn both varieties of Dakota with us! Our Dakota course, created by the Manitoba First Nations Educational Resource Centre, represents the Eastern Dakota spoken in Canada. Our Sisseton Dakotah course, created by the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Dakotah Language Institute, represents the Western Dakota spoken in South Dakota.

A screenshot of a course activity for Dakota language pronunciation practice.
A screenshot of a course activity for Dakota conversation practice.

No matter which version you choose, you'll learn key Dakota words and phrases. Try word games and puzzles to improve your language skills. Compare your Dakota to a native speaker's pronunciation. Learn Dakota grammar and practice with interactive exercises... and more.

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Our Dakota courses are 100% free and supported by 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that helps Indigenous people (like the Great Sioux Nation) teach their languages. Click below to sign up for an account and learn Dakota.