Three Poplar students competing in the first annual Dakota Language Bowl in Saint Paul, Minn., captured fourth place [on an April] Saturday.
The competition featured 20 teams from reservations, urban areas and reserves in the United States and Canada that have Dakota speakers.
Ethan Three Stars, Orlando Young and Inyan Growing Thunder competed for Poplar. Accompanying them were Dakota Language Instructor Del First and the Fort Peck Tribes’ Language & Culture Director Ramey Growing Thunder.
The team lost in the first round to Harding (Minnesota) High School but came back in the consolation bracket, where they beat AIMS (American Indian Magnet School), Pejuta Zi Zi Numpa and Sioux Valley of Manitoba, Canada.
The three wins put Poplar into the consolation match against Harding, the Saint Paul school the team faced in the first round of the double elimination tournament.
Harding captured the match but Poplar came away with a fourth place trophy.
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