2016 News

TLC Welcomes New Staff

The Language Conservancy would like to introduce several new faces that have joined the staff in recent months, a group that includes a linguist, a designer, special events coordinator and a communications specialist. Edwin Ko joined TLC in September after earning an M.S. in Linguistics from Georgetown University with research interests in indigeno
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Level 1 Textbook

Nebraska’s Omaha to develop textbook After struggling for some time to create teaching materials aimed at growing the number of users of the Omaha language, the Umóⁿhoⁿ (Omaha) Nation Public School, the Walthill Public School and the Omaha Tribal Education Department in Nebraska now have an important language revitalization tool in the works. Now u
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The Language Conservancy Promotes Language on the Road

TLC staff have been traveling the nation in support of indigenous language revitalization, attending conferences, conventions, public engagements and trade shows from the Southwest to the East Coast. On Sept. 30, over 200 people attended an event titled Standing Rock: More than a Pipeline, held at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, VA. It
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Winnebago Tribe launches HoChunk Vocab Builder

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska in November launched the HoChunk Vocab Builder, a new language vocabulary app for both Android and iOS devices that has already been downloaded nearly 400 times. The free app includes 40 categories of HoChunk words and phrases, complete with audio, as well as and HoChunk-to-English and English-to-HoChunk word match q
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New Billboards

Language Signage Goes Up At MHA Nations Three new billboards went up in and around New Town as reminders to the MHA community to maintain a collective voice in supporting language and cultural revitalization in the community. The brainchild of Martha BirdBear, the billboards encourage community members to participate in the MHA Language Project. Re
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Level 3 Hidatsa Textbook Is On The Way

After several visits to the recording and editing studios of The Language Conservancy from Hidatsa speakers D.J. Driver Jr., Martha BirdBear and Mary Gachupin, we’re now extremely excited to announce that the final review copy of the long-awaited Level 3 Hidatsa textbook is in-hand, and we’re just weeks away from an expected public release date som
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MHA Strategic Planning Meeting, Jan. 2–4

All Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara speakers are invited to attend a three-day session in New Town focusing on a review of Level 1-3 textbooks and materials and strategic planning for future materials, language learning directions and the June 12-20 MHA Summer Institute. Speakers attending the session will receive an attendance stipend; for more inform
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Nebraska Winnebago release HoChunk Vocab Builder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 9, 2016 WINNEBAGO, Neb. – The endangered HoChunk language of Nebraska’s Winnebago tribe will tomorrow take a technological step toward resiliency and revival with the release of the HoChunk Vocab Builder, a new language vocabulary app for both Android and iOS devices. The free app, which includes 40 categories of HoChunk
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Kellogg grant to fund new Omaha textbook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 2, 2016 CONTACT: Wil Meya, Executive Director, The Language Conservancy meya@languageconservancy.org, 202-640-2280 MACY, Neb. — Facing eminent extinction with only an estimated 12 fluent speakers, the native language of the Omaha tribe will be the focus of a revitalization effort centered within the tribe’s public s
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