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Lakota Language Documentary ‘Oyate Woyaka’ to Premiere at Bellevue University

March 29 Screening Event Offers Opportunity for Audience to Immerse Themselves in the Lakota Culture

A Lakota language documentary, Oyate Woyaka, will premiere at Bellevue University on Friday, March 29. The event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on campus at the Humanities Center Criss Auditorium at 1040 Bruin Blvd., Bellevue, Nebraska 68005. 

The film features fluent Lakota elders embracing their ancestral language, traditional culture and spirituality to revitalize the language in their communities.

Made possible through the sponsorship of Bluebird Cultural Initiative and Speaking of Happy, the screening offers an opportunity to embrace the Lakota culture.

“We are very proud of this film and have been committed to its making,” said Nicole Benegas, Executive Director of Bluebird Cultural Initiative. “Preserving our language is key to our culture.”

Attendees will learn about the deep history and spirituality of the language, the shocking history that caused Lakota to be on the verge of extinction and the modern efforts being made to bring the language back to life.

Free parking is available near the Humanities Center. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the screening starting promptly at 6:00 p.m. 

Following the viewing, there will be a Q&A session with the directors which will provide insight into the making of this documentary.

This free event is open to all members of the public. Those interested in attending can secure a spot by registering for the event here.


About Bellevue University

Founded in 1966, Bellevue University is a non-profit university with more than 60,000 graduates worldwide. The University is a recognized national leader in preparing students for lifelong success with career-relevant knowledge and skills, while making college affordable. Routinely ranked among the nation’s top military and accessible institutions, the University serves residential students at its main campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, and everywhere online with more than 80 degree programs uniquely designed for working adults. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (