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  • 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."
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