Sitting in a Lakota language class on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation near Sharps Corner, South Dakota:
The first 5 students at the table were asked to give a sentence to translate into Lakota.
I was first and mine was “Please forgive me, I am a journalist.”
I then found out there is no word for “please” or “forgive.”
The closest word for “forgive” that they could come up with was something like "forget."