American Indian Studies Department

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Welcome to the Dakota Dictionary Online*.

This is a working dictionary database and is open for comments, corrections, additions to, and discussions about the material. This database has been created specifically for community use so the community is welcome to give feedback on how the dictionary is working and to make suggestions for changes and improvements.

To give feedback, there is a link on each page to the Dictionary Staff or you can post comments on the Dakota-net Listserve. Just click on the link below to subscribe to the listserve.

To begin using the dictionary, click on Search Database below. This will bring up two search boxes. The first is for searching in Dakota to find English translations and the second box is to search in English for Dakota translations. To search in Dakota you will need the Dakota font. You may download the font below and install it on your computer. You will also find a link on the search page to the Font Map that you will need to follow for typing the entries in Dakota.

If you search for a word that is not found in the dictionary, you are encouraged to email the word to the Dictionary Staff. We will research the word to obtain the definition for you as well as enter it into the dictionary.

If you are having trouble getting started, please contact Beth Brown in the Department of American Indian Studies.

Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you will find the dictionary useful.


*Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies and the Civic Engagement Task Force at the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts.

Material sources are cited on the secondary results page for each entry.

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