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
  • Cancellations received between five and 10 days before the event will incur a 50% cancellation fee
  • We are unable to provide refunds for registrations cancelled less than five days before the event

The cancellation fees cover the cost of event materials, meals, and other related arrangements. In the event that MHC cancels your workshop, you will receive a 100% refund. Refunds will be issued within five business days of cancellation notice.