Here’s a first: Berenstain Bears in the Lakota language

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Twenty episodes of Berenstain Bears cartoons will soon air on South Dakota Public Television — in the Lakota language. The Associated Press is reporting today (Aug. 30) that the shows begin running this fall. The AP says it’s the first time in the United States that a cartoon series has been translated to a Native language and widely distributed, according to Wilhelm Meya, executive director of Lakota Language Consortium, a nonprofit that partnered with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to co-produce the Lakota version of the series. (Click here to hear numbers spoken in the Lakota language.)

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