Iapi Oaye, first published in January 1871, was the newspaper by the Dakota people in Santee, Nebraska, where they were exiled from Minnesota in 1862. During its earliest years, Iapi Oaye, which translates as "Word Carrier," was written almost entirely in Dakota. It featured articles on local, regional, and world news and events, English grammar lessons, biographies, Christian scripture and doctrine, and facts and figures relating to Dakota communities.
Digitization of Iapi Oaye and The Word Carrier was made possible by a joint project between the Synod of Lakes and Prairies of the Presbyterian Church, in fulfillment of its missionary activity, and Dakota Wicohan, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Dakota language.
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