PROVIDING LANGUAGE INFRASTRUCTURE TO INDIAN COUNTRY
Helping communities build sustainable language solutions
TLC is a strong supporter of its sister organization, LAKOTA LANGUAGE CONSORTIUM - an organization that brings together schools, colleges, community leaders, linguists, and volunteers across Lakota reservations for the revitalization of Lakota.
The Language Conservancy works with schools and organizations on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana to develop language revitalization solutions for the Crow language. Currently TLC has partnered with the CROW LANGUAGE CONSORTIUM to develop and publish the Crow Language Level 1 textbook
TLC also assists with coordination of the Crow Summer Institute, which provides teacher training aimed at improving language teaching capacity at schools. TLC is also working with local Crow organizations to develop additional key language infrastructure components.
MHA Nation (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara)
The Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara) share land as one nation in northwestern North Dakota, but they maintain three distinct languages. In 2014, the MHA Nation Tribal Education Department partnered with Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College and The Language Conservancy to create MHA Language Project. The project aims to create as many new fluent speakers of MHA languages as possible using best-practice solutions, such as effective teacher training through the MHA Summer Institute, creation of sequenced textbooks, and apps.
In 2013, the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma opened the Pumvhakv School, an immersion school focused on the Maskoke Creek Language. With the help of TLC, the Pumvhakv School developed a Level 1 Textbookand received training assistance. Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and the Pumvhakv School hope to continue developing materials for the levels of language needed for the children in the program. TLC is committed to helping the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma with its language infrastructure needs.
Partnerships in 2016
In 2016, TLC will have 4 new language revitalization partnerships: Cherokee (The Berenstain Bears Project), Omaha, Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) and Fort Peck Yanktonai Dakota. Stay tuned to hear more about the projects.
Interested in Working with Us?
TLC is open to working with new language communities to improve access to language teaching materials and training. TLC’s language support projects include ongoing efforts to develop dictionaries, apps, and other resources for Native American languages across the United States. Contact us to learn more!