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Native American Languages in Crisis

This Financial Times Op-Ed piece by Lakota Language Consortium and TLC CEO Wilhelm Meya shines the light on the fight to save and reclaim Native American languages.
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Language Conservancy meets with William and Mary linguistic students

The Language Conservancy met with William and Mary linguistic students and others at a public event to learn about the ongoing Standing Rock protest and the attempt to revitalize the Lakota language.
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Best Practices in Language Revitalization

The Lakota Language Consortium are Talking the Talk - By Wil Meya, the Executive Director of the Lakota Language Consortium; Lakota Language text provided by Ben Black Bear and Jan Ullrich
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While Threat Facing the Bald Eagle Lifts, Languages Remain in Danger of Extinction

Executive Director Wilhelm Meya discusses the crisis facing Native American languages
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Lakota on Path to Recapture Language

The Lakota Sioux language, made famous through its portrayal in the 1990 film "Dances with Wolves," is now one of only a small handful of Native American languages with enough remaining speakers to survive...
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On the Brink

An overview of the disappearance of America’s first languages: how it happened and what we need to do about it.
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Saving Their Language

Speakers try to revive Lakota and Dakota before they disappear
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Lakota Language Gets a Boost at Sitting Bull College, USD

Language, Tipiziwin Young will tell you, has the power to heal broken cultures.
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Best Noon Thing, Berenstain Bears

An episode of The Berenstain Bears recorded in the endangered language of the Lakota Sioux
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The Berenstain Bears Now Speak an Endangered Language

If anyone can save a dying language, it’s Mama Bear, simply because we’re pretty sure she can do anything.
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Lakota Language Loses Fluent Speaker

The Lakota language has lost one of its most fluent speakers. Johnson Holy Rock, of Wakpamni, South Dakota, walked on January 21 at the age of 93.
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Lakota: The Revitalization of Language and the Persistance of Spirit

New programs to teach and restore the lost language and cultural heritage of the Lakota Sioux offers hope for the children who live on reservations where dire poverty, suicide, unemployment and substance abuse have become a way of life.
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Saving the Lakota Language: A Bloomington-Based Initiative

Time has robbed many Native American cultures of their languages. The Bloomington-based Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) is working to bring one back from the brink.
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Groundbreaking New Documentary Raises Hope for Saving Lakota Language

Vision Maker Media and the Language Conservancy announce the release of Rising Voices to DVD.
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"Rising Voices": New Film a Call to Arms for Lakota Language Revitalization

“When I speak Lakota, I feel connected to all my relatives in the previous generations. I feel connected to my land. There’s nothing to compare it to, the feeling of being Lakota in Lakota country, speaking Lakota.” – TipiziwinYoung, Lakota language teacher, Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, North Dakota, from the film “Rising Voices.”
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Bloomington's Language Conservancy Helping to Preserve Native Languages

Native American children in the 1870s had a good reason to speak English.
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Lakota Language Immersion Programs in the Spotlight on Rising Voices/Hothaninpi

Tipiziwin Tolman is a Lakota Language Activities Instructor at the Lakȟól'yapi Wahóȟpi (Lakota Language Nest) at Fort Yates, North Dakota — on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
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Rising Voices: New Film Depicts the Effort to Save the Lakota Language

Language forms basis for our understanding of the world, how we relate to each other and how we construct and maintain unique cultures. But language extinction is a common phenomena. Of the thousands of languages once spoken around the world, only a handful survive, and many are at risk of being lost. A new film depicts the efforts to save one such language, Lakota.
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Lakota Language Now Critically Endangered

Lakota Language Consortium (LLC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and revitalization of the Lakota language, also known as Sioux, announced today that only 2,000 first-language speakers of Lakota remain - a decline of 66% in ten years.
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Weekend to Help Bring Language Back to Life

The rich Lakota language, in danger of dying out, should get a shot of adrenaline this weekend. It is estimated that only about 2,000 people continue to speak it, which is why the Lakota Language Consortium on Saturday and Sunday is hosting an event at the Hilton Garden Inn.
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Song, Dance and Storytelling at October Jamestown Powwow

American Indian cultures will be on full interactive display over two days in October at the Jamestown Settlement.
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Standing Rock Protesters Speak on Panel, Advocate Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Friday Sept. 30, a crowd of linguistics students, professors and other interested parties gathered in Commonwealth Auditorium to learn about the ongoing Standing Rock protest and the attempt to revitalize the Lakota language.
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Omaha-Ponca Language News


Omaha Tribe in Nebraska to Boost Native Language Revitalization with Support from Kellogg Foundation, The Language Conservancy

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 schools.
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Omaha Tribe Sees Cause for Hope in Effort to Preserve Fading Language

Dwight Howe motioned to a group of photographs on the wall — black-and-white portraits of Native Americans in traditional clothing. The kind of image you might see in a history book.
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Language Conservancy: Glenna Slater

When a language dies, its culture suffers a tragic loss. The indigenous Omaha people—the Umoⁿhoⁿ—are thus in a precarious position.
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Omaha Nation Language Event Draws Big Crowd

With only a handful of fluent native speakers left, representatives of the Omaha Nation said they hope the inaugural Omaha-Ponca Language Institute will be a turning point in efforts to revitalize the language.
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Nebraska Tribe Looks to Language in Preserving Culture

Members of the Omaha Tribe are fighting to keep their language alive. To the tribe's elders, it's not just about preserving the language; it also has to do with protecting the tribe's culture for younger generations.
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Dying Omaha Native Language Sees Hope for Preservation

Omaha Tribe leaders and language instructors are gaining optimism after worrying about the uncertain future of their native language.
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Acoma-Keres Language News


New Mexico Pueblo Attempts to Save Language From Extinction

With fewer than 100 speakers remaining, the Acoma Keres language is on the verge of extinction. Few young people under the age of 40 have learned the language.
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Acoma Pueblo Launches Project to Save Language

Nearly two dozen of the approximately 100 last remaining speakers of the Acoma Keres language have answered the call for a new project designed to restore the language for generations to come.
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Pueblo Elders Fighting to Preserve Their Native Language

A group of about 40 elders on the Acoma Pueblo are working with linguists at The Language Conservancy to record their native language, "keres."
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Crow Language News


Linguistics Faculty, Students Help Preserve Native American Languages

Several Fresno State linguistics faculty members and students have returned from doing fieldwork this summer with The Language Conservancy, a national organization that works to preserve indigenous languages.
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Trained to Teach: Seminar Designed to Help Educators Bring the Crow Language to a New Generation

Twenty-nine local-area educators were updated on new teaching methods in regards to the Crow language during a two-week seminar, called the Crow Summer Institute, held at Little Big Horn College June 22 through July 3.
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Crow Women Gather to Practice Language, Saying "Our Language is Our Identity"

There is no word for “goodbye” in the Crow language. Rather, in Apsalooke, it’s “shia-nuk" (see you later). Goodbye has a finality to it, so Crow people avoid using it.
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Teaching, Not Preaching: Crow Language Instructors Learn Teaching Methods

There’s a big difference between being able to speak the Crow language and being able to teach it. But, for a language used by a dwindling number of people in the roughly 13,000 member tribe, there aren’t many teaching resources.
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Biiluukaalilaah (Speak Crow)

For many people, the difficulty of speaking a language may be far more disparate than its teaching. In communities troubled with limited resources and Native languages classified as “threatened” or “endangered,” the Language Conservancy offers assistance.
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Crow Immersion Camp Hopes to Revive a Threatened Native American Language

Many Native American languages have only a few speakers left. But there's been a push to help keep the Crow language alive. Those efforts are now beginning to pay off. It's no longer just the language of the tribe's elders.
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Other News


Bloomington Organization Fights to Save Native American Languages

When a language disappears, so does the culture of its people. Many Native American tribes face the troubling prospect of losing every song, story, value and piece of history once the few remaining speakers of their languages die.
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"Revenant" Dialogue Vetted by IU Linguists

More characters in "The Revenant" speak in Arikara than there are even semi-fluent speakers of the native language in the United States.
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"The Revenant" Helps Rescue an Endangered Language

"The Revenant" is the first Academy Award-winning film to feature an endangered language on the big screen. Read about the positive impacts the film has had on the Arikara community.
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