Lakota language gets a boost
Language, Tipiziwin Young will tell you, has the power to heal broken cultures. Especially on South Dakota's nine Indian reservations, where poverty, alcoholism and violence continue to shatter lives and homes, Young is convinced that the Lakota language can be their salvation. "Lakota is the language our creator gave us," Young, who wants to become a Lakota language teacher, says from her Fort Yates, N.D., home. "There is a beauty and power in our prayers, our songs and our words. ... that I think can be very healing."