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
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
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!
You must be an enrolled member of a state or federally recognized
You must have completed two years of college.
You must have a GPA of 2.75.
Room and Board (for full-time students)
You must teach for the same amount of time that you were
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
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!