Are you interested in teaching Lakota?

The Lakota/Dakota language has a good chance for surviving as a creative, personal part of the Lakota culture, but only if passionate, skilled young language teachers emerge to teach Lakota as a second language in both classrooms and in immersion programs.

LLEAP courses offer intensive college-level study of the Lakota language. Graduating students will be at the forefront of educating the next generation of fluent speakers.

Second-language teaching techniques taught in LLEAP are sensitive to the Lakota/Dakota language and culture, while also consistent with Second Language curricula and methods used to train teachers around the world.

We have two schools to serve you: The University of South Dakota and Sitting Bull College. Read on to find out more about what's offered right now, or scroll on down to click on the school of your choice!

Am I eligible for LLEAP? What can LLEAP pay for? What do I give back? How do I apply?

You must be an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized tribe.

You must have completed two years of college.

You must have a GPA of 2.75.

Room and Board (for full-time students)




Dependent-Care Allowance

You must teach for the same amount of time that you were funded.

If you do not complete the service payback (teaching), you will need to pay all funding back to the Department of Education.

You will need to start service or cash payback within 6 months after completing your program.

You will need to apply to the LLEAP program for admission and funding from LLEAP.

If you are not already enrolled, in most cases, you must apply for admission to the school also.

If you don't qualify for LLEAP funding, you can still apply to the LLEAP program using other sources of funding!
Want to know more? Click below to find out more about the LLEAP program at the school of your choice!
The University of South Dakota Sitting Bull College