Hiraguca huuga'ac. We are still here.
Who We Are:
Hiraaca Maa Aru Caawi was created for the purpose of revitalizating the Hidatsa language, a severely endangered Siouan language spoken in North Dakota that has many relatives on the Northern Plains and beyond.
Part of our everyday mission is to be able to provide access to language learning for community members through developed learning materials, language classes and an annual institute that instructs attendee’s on the grammar of the language as well as informs learners through linguistic training.
We hope to establish a permanent adult second language learning program that will gear learners towards fluency in the Hidatsa language and prepare them for jobs in language and culture, such as public k12 Hidatsa language instructors, immersion school positions, culture and language presenters, as well as for learners own personal knowledge and benefit.
According to the The American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Article XIV: Systems of knowledge, language, and communication:
"Indigenous peoples have the right to preserve, use, develop, revitalize, and transmit to future generations their own histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, systems of knowledge, writing, and literature, and to designate and retain their own names for their communities, individuals, and places."
Furthermore Article XV: Education states: "Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning."
This organization was created to execute the scope of these policies for the MHA people and to continue to exercise our cultural sovereignty. We appreciate your support. Maacagiraac. Heeshac.