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National Museum of the American Indian Summer Events

mathias | June 13, 2011

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Siletz Tribe of Oregon are being hosted this summer by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. in a series of festivals that celebrate American Indian music, culture, food and art. This year, their annual Living Earth Festival coincides with their Conversations with the Earth: [...]

Youngsters Learn Some Hul’qumi’num, Choctaw

mathias | June 8, 2011

This year, Beecher Bay (a.k.a. Scia’new) First Nation great grandmother Lee Charles started teaching Hul’qumi’num (a Coast Salish language) to 4th and 5th graders at Hans Helgesen Elementary School in British Columbia to non-Native and Native students alike (including her granddaughter, Danielle Charles-Horne). Charles was first asked to teach by Principal Julia Sahota. Though non-Native, [...]

Navajo Code Talkers Honored, as well as the Navajo Language

mathias | June 6, 2011

Navajo code talking veterans Chee Willeto, Keith Little (president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association), and Bill Toledo were honored with medallions from Las Cruces official during a special Memorial Day ceremony. Wreaths were thrown in the Rio Grande for those who died, and flags were posted at the graves of many at Hillcrest Memorial [...]

Does ‘Okay’ Come from a Native Language?

mathias | February 18, 2011

There are several running theories on the etymology of ‘okay’ in English, which has been imported into so many languages (in part because they usually have /k/, low, and mid or at least high vowels). Unlike ‘good’ or ‘ehh’, it allows the speaker to express neutrality, though it usually connotes positivity. According to Merriam Webster, [...]

Native Language Classes in Public Schools Are a Hit

mathias | January 24, 2011

This week there has been tons of media coverage on increased support for Native language classes. Alyce Spotted Bear from the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in New Town – vice president of Native American Studies and Tribal Relations at Fort Berthold Community College, as well as part of the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Indian [...]

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