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Clifford Canku, Professor of Practice

Office: Minard 318E18
Phone: 231-5097

Dr. Clifford Canku is an assistant professor of practice for Dakota Studies at North Dakota State University, where he joined the teaching staff after retiring as director of Dakota Studies at Sisseton-Wahpeton College in South Dakota. A native Dakota speaker from childhood, Dr. Canku has been teaching courses in Dakota language and culture at the college level for many years, not only at Sisseton-Wahpeton College but also at the University of Minnesota—Morris and Southwest Minnesota State University. With Nicolette Knudson and Jody Snow, he is the co-author of Beginning Dakota/Tokaheya Dakota Iyapi Kin: 24 Langauge and Grammar Lessons with Glossaries, published by Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2010. Dr. Canku is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate (Dakota Nation).

Seated in the archives of the Minnesota History Center, Dr. Clifford Canku examines letters written in the Dakota language by prisoners-of-war following the 1862 Minnesota Dakota War. As a native speaker of Dakota, Dr. Canku is leading a team translating the letters from Dakota into English for publication.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, June 12, 2013 11:09:52 PM