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Háŋ Mitákuyepi (Hello all my relatives), my English name is Katie Bendickson. My Dakhóta name is Wóokiye wiŋ. I am Dakhótaand and am from the Upper Sioux Community. I work as the Dakhóta Language and Culture Specialist at Saint Paul Public Schools Indian Education Program. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a Bachelor degree in American Indian Studies with a Language Track. I went to high school at Yellow Medicine Sr. High in Granite Falls, MN. That’s where I started studying the Dakhóta language. After taking the language class in high school, I continued to study the language in college while I also worked with a master speaker. My master speaker was Caroline Schommer from the Upper Sioux Community. In addition, I have worked in immersion settings and have had immersion training. I cherish my language and culture. I am a lifelong learner of my language and am happy to teach it, learn it, and pass it on to the next generation. Phidámaya ye (Thank you).