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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.