In effort to preserve language, website posts news in Lakota

A new website created with a primarily Native American audience in mind is posting news, weather and other features in Lakota.

Its creators hope it will help preserve a language that after years of assimilation policies is spoken by fewer than 2,000 people.

The local news on (WO' comes from area weeklies, and articles include audio clips in Lakota — in recognition that many more speak the language than read it.

Co-creator Peter Hill says he hopes the website will give fluent speakers and learners of Lakota a resource to practice their skills.

The site — whose name translates to "dream" — includes news, sports, culture, weather and other sections.

Articles on the site now cover topics including meth on the reservation and a protest against an oil pipeline.