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Best Practices for Language Revitalization – Part 3

This is Part 3 of a four-part series. What are those Best Practices again?   Best Practices are found in these areas of language programs: Linguistics, Instruction/Education, Oversight and Social Support.   Linguistics Around the world, most written versions of indigenous languages were created by European missionaries, sometimes joined by “na
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Best Practices for Language Revitalization – Part 2

This is Part 2 of a four-part series. What tribes use these Best Practices?  Here are two exampes, the Yurok and the Lakota. The Yurok Example  The Yurok are the largest tribe remaining in California, with around 6,000 members living on the Klamath river in Northern California.  Their effort to maintain their language has been featured in the New Y
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Native Language Bills Get Bipartisan Support

There’s good news out of Congress for Native American languages, thanks to intensive effort by the Linguistic Society of America’s Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP)! Two pieces of legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate earlier this year, S. 1948, the “Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act” and S. 2299, t
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Best Practices for Language Revitalization – Part 1

This is the first of a four-part series.  Re-posted from June 23, 2014 What are Best Practices in Language Revitalization? The term “Best Practices” means simply, “Here are methods that have been found to be most effective.” First, there are several critical factors to consider when planning to preserve and/or revitalize an
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White House Officials Confer on Endangered Languages

On Friday, June 13, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid their first visit to Indian Country since the campaigns, attending the powwow at Cannon Ball, ND on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. SRST Chairman Dave Archambault and President Barack Obama, June 13, 2014 The visit occurred during the Lakota Summer Institute, happen
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Wyoming School Dedicates Major Space to Native American Culture & Langaugee

A school campus for K-12 classes planned in Fort Washakie, WY will include 4,000 square feet dedicated to Native American cultural programs like language and dance, for the school’s predominantly Native American student body. Fort Washakie is located at the confluence of the South and North Forks of the Little Wind River and is named for Shoshone C
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Language Policy Updates

Part of the Language Conservancy’s stated mission is to track and inform our supporters about legislation and government policy changes that affect endangered languages’ chances of survival.  One such bill introduced to Congress this spring has been flagged by the Linguistic Society of America and its subsidiary, the Committee on Endangered Languag
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Young Linguist Goes Mandan

Mandan Phonology instructor Ryan Kasak is a former student of MHASI instructor John Boyle at Northeastern Illinois University (Kasak is now a PhD student in linguistics at Yale, and Boyle has moved on to be Executive Director of the Crow Nation‘s Apsaalooke Curriculum Project). Kasak said his introduction to the Mandan language in Boyle’s cla
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MHASI, Crow Complete Their Institutes

                            The MHA and Crow Nations have finished their first Summer Institutes, initiating language education and revitalization programs based on carefully planned K-12 curricula and proven second-language education methods. The MHASI and CSI took place at Sitting Bull College in Fort Yates, ND, in conjunction with the Lakota Sum
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