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Cherokee Language Revitalization Comics!

mathias | September 30, 2011

Roy Boney Jr. (Cherokee) – who has been involved with many language oriented creative projects – has made a graphic novel that explains the history of Cherokee, in Indian Country Today magazine.

Red Lake Ojibwa Met to Discuss Language Revitalization

mathias | September 30, 2011

On Tuesday, September 6th, 2011, 12 persons gathered at the Little Rock Roundhouse, Minnesota to discuss and pray for Ojibwa language revitalization. The group will begin posting Ojibwa language signs on their reservation, namely tribal buildings and street signs. Such requires consistency in Ojibwa orthography, one that adhered to the double vowel system was preferred [...]

Cherokee All About Immersion

mathias | September 26, 2011

Sequoyah Schools of the Cherokee Nation extended full immersion classes to 6th graders and provided iPads and iPods to 7th and 8th graders as part of Sequoyah’s Technology Education Program (STEP). They’re using new technology in dynamic ways, consulting dictionary and vocabulary apps, taking reading comprehension quizzes, and creating video presentations. Reportedly, children are using [...]

Activists Turn ILAT: Indigenous Languages and Technology Mailing List into Their Political Soapbox

mathias | September 21, 2011

The mission statement of I.L.A.T. the Indigenous Languages and Technology mailing list is stated on their website as follows: Indigenous Languages and Technology (ILAT) discussion list is an open forum for community language specialists, linguists, scholars, and students to discuss issues relating to the uses of technology in language revitalization efforts. Recently, however, a couple [...]

New Champion for Wopanaak

mathias | September 20, 2011

After seeing a video on Jessie Little Doe Baird, Nitana Hicks (Mashpee Wampanoag) became motivated to help her tribe’s language: Wopanaak. Like Little Doe, Nitana Hicks is on route to receive an advanced degree in Linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology by 2014. Currently 250 families are taking Wopanaak language classes and one seven-year-old [...]

More Native Language Mention in the Media

mathias | September 19, 2011

The Bearstein Bears in Lakota has induced a media storm, with reports by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, SFGate, TIME, Newser, KFYR-TV (Bismark, ND), etc. Ojibwe Jeopardy was invented by National Park Service rangers and brothers David and Daniel Grooms, who teach Ojibwe language summertime night classes. Students are issued dictionaries then given an [...]

Great News for Siouan Languages

mathias | September 19, 2011

Indian Country Today just came out with a report on Dakota language immersion programs with a touching 10 minute video. Also, a Lakota language class is returning to Sioux Falls high schools, having been downgraded to a generic Native American Connections class two years prior due to trouble finding a teacher. Now, Tim Easter, a [...]

Chief Dull Knife College President Richard Littlebear (Northern Cheyenne) to Champion Native Languages at UMontana

mathias | September 13, 2011

Thursday, September 15 at 4:00 PM, Richard Littlebear – president and interim dean of cultural affairs at Chief Dull Knife College (Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation) who taught himself how to read and write Cheyenne – will present “The Challenges of Native American Bilingualism” in Law Building Room 101 at the University of Montana. The talk [...]

Ojibwe Language Children’s Book “Awesiinyensag” Named “Minnesota’s Best Read”

mathias | September 8, 2011

The Ojibwe language children’s book Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Jigikinoo’amaageng was recently crowned Minnesota’s Best Read by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and will represent all state publications at the National Book Festival on September 24 – 25 in Washington, D.C. The book features a playful cast of relatable animals. It has [...]

Rosetta Stone Abandons Endangered Language Program

mathias | September 6, 2011

According a recent ILAT: Indigenous Languages and Technology email from Craig Spaulding, one of three members of Rosetta Stone’s Endangered Language Program – the others being Marion Bittinger, Daniel Hieber and a semester or summer intern – Rosetta Stone has no plans to take on endangered languages in the future, also pointing out their overly [...]

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