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OUR PATH

Protecting Languages. Preserving Culture.


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    The Language Conservancy’s vision is to save the maximum number of endangered languages in the Americas and the world, to become the global provider of language revitalization support, to become a beacon of hope to thousands of language communities, and to inspire worldwide action.
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    We believe that all languages have an inherent right to exist - that they are valued and irreplaceable facets of a people’s culture and of humanity’s linguistic heritage. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to rescuing the world’s ever-increasing number of endangered languages, restoring them to stability and health, and safeguarding them for future generations. The Language Conservancy helps prevent the extinction of languages by raising funds, by increasing the international public awareness of the language-loss crisis, creating language tools to preserve the culture, and by providing support to organizations and communities engaged in revitalizing their languages.
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    Indigenous languages have been the victims of especially destructive historical pressures whose effects are only now starting to be fully realized. Given current trends, an estimated 90% of the world’s 6000 languages will become extinct or near-extinct in the next 100 years. In the United States alone, perhaps only a dozen Native American languages of the original 400-500 have a chance of surviving beyond the next thirty years. Government aid for this problem has been severely limited and the few grant-providing private foundations working on language revitalization have been strained by the demand. There are very few organizations working to raise funds for and revitalize the world’s endangered languages. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is one of the few organizations working to preserve the word’s linguistic diversity. We will play a crucial role in our world today.
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    The Language Conservancy achieves its mission by providing urgently needed revitalization services by supporting endangered Native American languages through grants and technical assistance. The Language Conservancy (TLC) also educates the public on the problem of language loss and the importance of language diversity through its fundraising and public relations work. There is still much work to be done before the American public and world become aware of the extent of the language crisis, the urgent need for a solution, and the finality of their destruction if nothing is done. Public silence on language-loss will only conclude in a permanent silence for endangered languages.
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    The Language Conservancy (TLC) revitalizes Native American languages from each language family by providing a new major source of grants and technical support to Native communities and organizations, while also pursuing a systematic public education and fundraising campaign among the general population – exposing the nation to this silent crisis. It achieves this by fulfilling its fundraising goals which provide a sustainable source of language revitalization programming support.
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Board

TLC’s Board consists of leaders in the Native American language revitalization movement – all committed to expanding Tribes’ access to financial and technical support for their endangered languages. TLC draws from a diverse pool of talent; including tribal community educators and cultural leaders, as well as linguists working closely with tribal communities.
Our Board

Background

TLC was formed in 2005 as a response to the growing needs of Native American language communities and tribes for an organization dedicated to best-practice solutions to revitalizing languages in tribal communities, while also providing a strong voice aimed at raising awareness about the severe crisis of endangered language in the United States and the World.
Our Story

Our People

TLC draws upon the expertise of a staff and volunteer team of language consultants, educators, artists, linguists, computer programmers, and community leaders dedicated to saving indigenous languages. The Language Conservancy supports and helps design community-led and grassroots programs that are sourced and responsive to the speakers and learners of endangered languages.
Our Staff

Internships

Internships at TLC are a great ways to pickup important skills and experience while also helping to move the cause forward in meaningful ways. There are many areas where TLC could use your help: social media, public outreach, fundraising, curriculum development, grant writing, and web and database development.
Internships


History of the Language Conservancy

Breathing new life into endangered languages


THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT



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