SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Lakota language preservationists and tribal members say the Lakota language lost one of its greatest supporters with the death of Albert White Hat last week.
White Hat, a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was instrumental in teaching the Lakota language to new generations for nearly four decades. He died June 11, at age 74.
White Hat, a grandson of Chief Hollow Horn Bear, was chair of the Lakota Studies Department at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Indian Reservation.
Wilhelm Meya is the executive director of the Lakota Language Consortium, a nonprofit organization seeking to revitalize the Lakota language.
He says White Hat was a "warrior" for the Lakota language. He says the passing of White Hat is a blow to the language and efforts to revitalize it.
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