Requests for new languages/Wikipedia Lakota

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main page Request for a new language edition: Wikipedia Lakota
submitted verification final decision
Applications-system.svg This language has been verified as eligible.
The language is eligible for a project, which means that the subdomain can be created once there is an active community and a localized interface, as described in the language proposal policy. You can discuss the creation of this language project on this page.

Once the criteria are met, the language committee can proceed with the approvaland will verify the test project content with a reliable neutral source, such as a professor or expert.

If you think the criteria are met, but the project is still waiting for approval, feel free to notify the committee and ask them to consider its approval.

A committee member provided the following comment:

Please contribute to this test project on Incubator. For LangCom: StevenJ81 (talk) 16:37, 2 April 2018 (UTC)
  • The community needs to develop an active test project; it must remain active until approval (automated statistics, recent changes). It is generally considered active if the analysis lists at least three active, not-grayed-out editors listed in the sections for the previous few months.
  • The community needs to complete required MediaWiki interface translations in that language (about localization, translatewiki, check completion).
  • The community needs to discuss and complete the settings table below:
What Value Example / Explanation
Language code lkt (SILEthnologue) A valid ISO 639-1 or 639-3 language code, like "fr", "de", "nso", ...
Language name Lakota Language name in English
Language name Lakȟótiyapi Language name in your language. This will appear in the language list on Special:Preferences, in the interwiki sidebar on other wikis, ...
Language Wikidata item Q33537 - item has currently the following values:
  • en label = Lakota
  • native label (P1705) = Lakȟótiyapi
  • instance/subclass (P31/P279) = language, natural language, modern language, critically endangered language / Sioux
  • Wikimedia language code (P424) = lkt
  • writing system (P282) = Latin script
  • number of speakers (P1098) = 2,000

Item about the language at Wikidata. It would normally include the Wikimedia language code, name of the language, etc. Please complete at Wikidata if needed.
Community R12ntech Inactive: U.Steele (P), Lundgren8, Zrs 12 (P)
You can optionally list your user name if you are an active contributor to the test wiki. Add "N" next to your name if you are a native speaker of this language.
Links Lakota Language Consortium, Lakota Language learning forum, Vocabulary, example of language initiative (Thunder Valley CDC ) Links to previous requests, or references to external websites or documents.
Project name Wikipedia "Wikipedia" in your language
Project namespace usually the same as the project name
Project talk namespace "Wikipedia talk" (the discussion namespace of the project namespace)
Enable uploads yes Default is "no". Preferably, files should be uploaded to Commons.
If you want, you can enable local file uploading, either by any user ("yes") or by administrators only ("admin").
Notes: (1) This setting can be changed afterwards. The setting can only be "yes" or "admin" at approval if the test creates an Exemption Doctrine Policy (EDP) first. (2) Files on Commons can be used on all Wikis. (3) Uploading fair-use images is not allowed on Commons (more info). (4) Localisation to your language may be insufficient on Commons.
Optional settings
Project logo 135x135 PNG derivative from a decent SVG image (instructions)
Default project timezone "Continent/City", e.g. "Europe/Brussels" or "America/Mexico City" (see list of valid timezones)
Additional namespaces For example for a Wikisource which would need "Page", "Page talk", "Index", "Index talk"
Additional settings Anything else that should be set
submit phabricator task (includes everything automatically, except additional namespaces/settings)


A living language with more than 6.000 native speakers. It's active now. Thx,--U.Steele 16:31, 9 December 2011 (UTC)


Arguments in favour[edit]

  • Per requst.--U.Steele 10:52, 10 December 2011 (UTC)
  • Support --Jugydmort 18:59, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
  • Support -- See comments below Codex Sinaiticus 13:18, 1 February 2012 (UTC)
  • Support Bodhdharma (talk) 08:02, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Necromonger Wekeepwhatwekill 18:44, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Support-MacRusgail (talk) 22:58, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Support Lakota language must have a Wikipedia project. There are a Standard spelling and an alphabet to write it. --Sarvaturi (talk) 15:54, 25 September 2015 (UTC)

Arguments against[edit]

Other discussion[edit]

  • I have no objection, but would like to point out that the Mi'kmaq language of Eastern Canada has far more native speakers, has finally won some level of governmental recognition, and yet no wikipedia to help keep their knowledge alive. When are they going to get one? Codex Sinaiticus 19:10, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
Ah, I see one has just started up now! Very nice! Welaalin, Codex Sinaiticus 13:17, 1 February 2012 (UTC)