Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table

Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 | 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | $65*

3 clock hours


*includes continental breakfast

Čhokáta Nážiŋ: The Dakota Language Table is a living and traveling gathering space for the Dakota language to be re-strengthened through a deeper understanding of the interdependent relationships of the land, language, and lifeways to the health and well-being of people that call Mnísota Makhóčhe (Minnesota) home.

Through language, identity, and storytelling; workshop participants will strengthen themselves and connections to those around them. Come away with hands-on activities, ideas for student engagement, and an opportunity to self-reflect, get to know other participants better, and tools to replicate that experience in your classroom.

The sculptural table was created from a collaboration between Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakičhiye, Healing Place Collaborative, and the University of Minnesota. (Artists: Jewell Arcoren, Rebecca Krinke, Ethan Neerdaels, Alexandra Olson, Pierro Protti).

Čhokáta Nážiŋ is a way to connect ourselves to the land that sustains all of life.

Čhokáta Nážiŋ Ú Po! Come stand in the center!

Ethan Neerdaels

Ethan Neerdaels — Bdewakantunwan Dakota – In 2012 he was a Minnesota Historical Society History Museum Fellow as well as an American Indian History Museum Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in American Indian Studies and a focus on the Dakota language, where he also was a teaching assistant of the beginning and intermediate Dakota language classes. He was the storyteller for the 2013 Shakopee Mdewakanton Community Wacipi. He recently began writing for Maḳóc̣e Etáη Yaóṭaηiη, a seasonal Dakota language publication. He is committed to the renewal of Dakota language and lifeways as well as the recovery of a Dakota land base.

Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend an event, a substitute may take your place at no additional cost (you are responsible for making financial arrangements with your substitute), or you may request a refund.

Email golden@mnhum.org to submit the name of the substitute or to request a refund.


  • Cancellations received more than 10 days before the event will incur a 20% cancellation fee unless a registration/payment transfer to any of our upcoming workshops or events is requested. If a workshop is of greater value than the initial workshop, you must pay the difference.
  • Transfer requests received more than 10 days before the event will not incur a cancellation fee.
  • Transfer credit must be used within 12 months or the full amount is forfeited.
  • Cancellations received between 5 and 10 days before the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than 5 days before the event.

The cancellation fees cover the cost of event materials, meals, and other related arrangements.

Refunds will be issued within 5 business days of cancellation notice.