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Recap of Native Language News Highlights

mathias | January 4, 2012

“Indian Country Today” published an article toward the end of 2011 recapping highlights in Native language news over the past year. SAIVUS reported on nearly all of them: • Ojibwe • Lakota • Squamish • Wampanoag • Cherokee • Inuktitut

South Dakota Counties no Longer Required to Provide Formal Language Assistance to Monolingual Lakota Voters

mathias | October 18, 2011

In 2002, 18 counties in South Dakota were required to provide bilingual voting materials in English and Lakota, i.e. written material, ballot machine reprogramming and onsite interpreters. In 2010, $2,400 was spent on those resources. However, the number of Lakota speakers who are not skilled in English (or at least, do not have a friend [...]

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 [...]

Berenstain Bears in Lakota

mathias | August 25, 2011

The Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) spent about a year dubbing episodes of The Berenstain Bears in Lakota, translating the title as Mathó Waúnšila Thiwáhe (The Compassionate Bear Family), with LLC board member Ben Black Bear (Rosebud Lakota) as the voice of Papa Bear. You can catch preview screenings on: • September 7th at the Tribal [...]

Lakota Language and Culture Activist Russell Means Diagnosed with Cancer

mathias | August 18, 2011

Send a link to this blog post or article to everyone you know who can pray for Russell Means (Oglala Sioux), an actor and former American Indian Movement leader that was diagnosed with esophageal cancer (spread to his tongue, lungs and lymph nodes), which is too advanced for surgery. However, he has decided to keep [...]

Gloss Pictures with Sound Files with LiveAndTell thanks to a Lakota Programmer

mathias | July 5, 2011

32 year old South Dakota based programmer Biagio Arobba (Rosebud Lakota) has built a free, user-generated content site for sharing and learning languages (esp. endangered languages) called LiveAndTell, with accompanying Facebook page, which allows people to tag pictures with sound files. Collaborating with Oglala Lakota College and others to apply for funding through the NSF: [...]

Standing Rock Lakota Teachers Trained by the LLC in SIL at Sitting Bull College

mathias | June 30, 2011

70 educators recently participated in a three week Lakota Summer Institute in Linguistics geared toward training new teachers of various levels of proficiency, on account that current instructors are on the verge of retirement after 2-3 decades of teaching. Since 2000, the number of Lakota speakers at Standing Rock has remained a constant 125 or [...]

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, [...]

Help Native Languages by Interning as a Linguist over the Summer for SAIVUS and/or VizLingo

mathias | May 10, 2011

The Society to Advance Indigenous Vernaculars of the United States (SAIVUS) is associated with VizLingo, a social-media company above Tumblr., which is creating the world’s first global visual language. Essentially, the program they’re inventing garnishes text with video clips, allowing word definitions (and entire worldviews) to be seen in conjunction with how they are written [...]

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