The Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye (DIO, Dakota Language Society) is a nonprofit organization of dedicated Dakota community members, language learners and speakers. The Dakota Language Society promotes revitalization of the Dakota language through the creation and distribution of Dakota language materials to be implemented in the home, community and classroom.
The members of the Dakota Language Society (DIO) have worked together on a multitude of projects prior to forming Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye. In the traditional homelands of the Dakota people, Minnesota, Dakota Language Society members have held weekend family immersion camps, as well as the week-long Dakota Language Summer Institute held at the Upper Sioux reservation in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Dakota Language Society members have been active around the Twin Cities metro area Dakota language revitalization efforts. If you have attended a Dakota language event at the Pond Historic House in Bloomington or the Gibbs Historic Farm in St. Paul, you have likely met multiple members of the Dakota Language Society/Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye. Other weekly Dakota language events sponsored by the Dakota language society include local language tables/nests and academic tutoring at the University of Minnesota.