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Dakota Dictionary Online

Notice: The Dakota Dictionary is being updated. Look for the new site in the Fall!

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How to Search in Dakota

1. To search in Dakota you will need to download and install the Dakota font:


Note: After installing the font you may need to restart your web browser.


2. After installing the font, confirm that these two words appear identical—the Dakota word for happy.

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3. To type search entries in Dakota, refer to the Dakota font map.

Dakota Dictionary Online

The Dakota Dictionary is a community dictionary database open for comments, corrections, additions to, and discussions about the material. Let us know what you think.

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Can’t find a word in the dictionary? Submit the word. We will research the word, obtain the definition, and enter it into the dictionary.


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If you are having trouble getting started, email the Dictionary Staff in the Department of American Indian Studies.