Linguists worldwide are trying to save languages, and nowhere are they dying more quickly than in North America. With 25,000 speakers on 15 U.S. and Canadian reservations, Dakota is considered an "unsafe" language in terms of longevity.
"[Languages] are dying here," said Bruce Maylath, professor of English. "That’s what we are trying to avoid happening to Dakota."
In an effort to help keep the language from becoming endangered further, NDSU has begun offering courses in Dakota Studies this year to complement the long-standing Native American programs in engineering and pharmacy.