Peter Hill was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, but has been living and working on the Pine Ridge Reservation for nearly 15 years. He became fluent in the Lakota language during his time on the reservation, and eventually became a Lakota language teacher himself, teaching Lakota at both Red Cloud High School (full-time) and Oglala Lakota College (adjunct). He has raised his two daughters, ages five and two, with the language since their birth, speaking to them entirely in Lakota on a daily basis.
In the fall of 2012, Peter started Lakota Immersion Childcare, also known as Iyápi Glukínipi. For much of the first year, it was his daughter and four other kids in his house, with no other full-time staff. Today, the program enrolls 20 children between the ages of one and five, and employs eight full-time staff. It has outgrown two successive locations, and now occupies a formerly-disused school building in the community of Oglala. More recently, the program has begun creating and disseminating large quantities of Lakota language children’s books and multimedia materials.
In his talk, Peter will describe the journey that got Iyápi Glukínipi where we are today, and discuss the important work we are doing in revitalizing the language among Lakota youth.
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