Dear UNESCO, the language that needs to be preserved is the Dakota language. The Dakota language is a part of the Sioux tribe. They are spread out through the Mid-West United States. They're affected by pop-culture by not being globally known; isolated
The Dakota people say their language originated from the creation of the tribe, long before Europeans came to North America. But the number of speakers has shrunk through the decades, falling to 6,000 by the early 2000s and to just 2,000 as of last year. Those remaining have an average age approaching 70.
Roughly 100 attendees had an opportunity to learn from experts and improve their proficiency in conversation, grammar, and pronunciation of Dakota. Dakota gave many of the place names on the High Plains.
Dakota population is 170,000, but fluent speakers are a small fraction of that number. In 2006, there were an estimated 6,000 first-language Dakota speakers. Beginning 2016, LLC counted approximately only 2,000 remaining speakers, a loss of 4,000 in just 10 years. The 66% loss in speakers equates to approximately 400 speakers lost each year.
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, a reservation just southwest of Minneapolis, launched "Voices of our Ancestors," a $2 million program dedicated to training 20 new Dakota speakers and teachers. Although this is very helpful for the language, 20 speakers just isn't enough for a dying language.
Minnesota is embracing an effort to reclaim American Indian languages. This fall, for the first time, a class in Dakota is being offered for high school students here on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation as part of a statewide effort to revitalize American Indian languages. This is a start to a much needed effort to revive the language