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Lyle Miller of Mitchell, S.D., shows a depiction of Sitting Bull that he painted. Miller, besides being an artist, is also trying to preserve and revive the Lakota language.

Mitchell man a 'bridge' to help restore Lakota language

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MITCHELL, S.D. - Among a mass of textbooks and unfinished paintings, Lyle Miller is waging a fight to regain his culture and return the Lakota language to reservations.

"I'm the bridge from the elders to the little ones," Miller said.

Miller, a Mitchell resident, artist, teacher and member of the Yankton Sioux Tribe, has expanded his Lakota vocabulary from a few phrases and is in the process of becoming a fluent speaker, all within a year.

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