Tsi Akim Maidu Cultural Center Opens

mathias | April 29, 2011

The Tsi Akim band of Maidu in California (in the process of gaining federal recognition but currently recognized by local counties like Nevada and Yuba), are opening a cultural center, by which they mean an educational headquarters for learning more about the tribe. On Saturday April 30th, 2011 in Grass Valley, where they used to [...]

Cankdeska Cikana Community College Gets 300k Grant from Shakopee Mdewakanton

mathias | April 29, 2011

Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) is a rural, small (288 students + 8 matriculating high school students) college owned by the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe. It began holding classes in the fall of 1970, but is currently enhancing its library on Dakota culture and language by upgrading its technology, shelving, publications and other media upon receiving [...]

Revitalizing Menominee

mathias | April 28, 2011

Posoh Mawanew Weyak (Hello) -Menominee greeting Menominee is an Algonquian language endemic to Wisconsin and Michigan (for over 15,000 years) which has about 130 speakers or so. Specifically, there are 12 native/fully fluent speakers (75+ and older), plus around 100 “near speakers”: 39 first language speakers, 26 bilingual speakers, and 65 other individuals with some [...]

SUNY Talk on How New York and Russian Indigenous Basilects Aren’t “Cool Enough”

mathias | April 24, 2011

On April 12th a talk on indigenous cultures and languages of Russia and in Western New York was held at Fredonia’s Dialogues on Diversity by SUNY, moderated by Cheryl John (director of the Native American Western Consortium). In Russia and North America, young indigenous people are performing the age old tradition of preferring acrolects (prestigious [...]

KBWG “Voices of Browning” – Blackfoot Language Radio

mathias | April 22, 2011

Radio programs in indigenous languages like Ma:lamalama for Hawaiians and various for the Navajo are definitely a great way for Native language learners to gain extra exposure to their tongues? Blackfoot just joined the bandwagon. The 6 year old 107.5 FM station just launched Blackfoot language classes on their airwaves. Darell Kipp leads a one [...]

A New Lenape Speaker!

mathias | April 14, 2011

Bronx, NY 1970: A boy named David M. Oestreicher dreams of growing up to be a pre-Columbian Indian. While he did not pursue this dream to the extent of Iron Eyes Cody (Espera Oscar de Corti) and Grey Wolf (Archie Belaney), he did learn Lenape when he was given a Lenape-English dictionary on his 15th [...]

Get Your Immersion by Attending Pow-Wows

mathias | April 11, 2011

Pow-wows (dances) give the general public a fun way of getting immersed in Native cultures and languages. The University of Iowa (.4% Native enrollment) helped fund a $35,000 inter-tribal pow-wow. Attendees Bob Morgan (a descendant of Bima River tribes) and James Sanderson Jr. (Potawatomi – Pokagon) stressed the importance of language in keeping traditions alive [...]

Multilingualism Good for Maximum Tweeting Power

mathias | April 8, 2011

You might have heard of Digital Natives, a jumbotron on the Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge that broadcasts specially selected, user submitted tweets (with a soft spot for those of First Nation peoples), which like Indigenous Tweets, is using social-media to mass publish statements made by Natives. Translating or cross-examining both English and Native language tweets gives [...]

Whole Town of Bemidji Becomes Ojibwa Language Immersion Experience

mathias | April 6, 2011

Bemidji, Minnesota, a town of 14,000 between the reservations of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Band of Ojibwe, is labeling objects around town with Ojibwe terms (like Ininiwag (men) and Ikwewag (women) on bathroom signs), as in Hawaii where words like aloha (hello/goodbye/love) and mahalo (thank [...]

Navajo Gets Help from UMASS Professor

mathias | April 4, 2011

Professor Margaret “Peggy” Speas of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst is doing all she can to help Navajo, a language with several tens of thousands of speakers, but few younger speakers (around 5% of speakers). She learned about Navajo in graduate school studying under the famous Ken Hale. She founded a non-profit for Navajo, [...]

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