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Native Languages Resources

Published: August 15, 2012
Native Languages
Applicant Resources, Grantee Resources, Language Immersion
Informational Sheet, Website

Fond Du Lac community members construct a canoe, wearing blue t shirts.The websites featured in this document provide resources relevant to native languages.

*Photo depicts Fond Du Lac Reservation Business Committee’s “Anishinabemowin Language Immersion Canoe/Jii-man Building Project,” funded through an ANA language grant from 2008-2011.

Native Language Preservation: A Reference Guide for Establishing Archives and Repositories

The ANA Native Language Preservation Reference Guide discusses the importance of language repositories to long-term language preservation efforts. 

Spoken First

Spoken First, created and maintained by Falmouth Institute, is a resource for news about American Indian languages. This blog, updated daily, keeps track of language news coming from Native American communities across the country. 

Center for Applied Linguistics

The Center for Applied Linguistics is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a comprehensive range of research-based information, tools, and resources related to language and culture.  The center is a private, nonprofit organization established in 1959 and headquartered in Washington, DC.

The Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition Less Commonly Taught Languages

This searchable database allows users to learn where specific Less Commonly Taught Languages (all languages with the exception of English, French, German, and Spanish) are taught in North America.

Our Mother Tongues

The interactive Our Mother Tongues website shares a wealth of information about North America’s indigenous languages.  Each featured language page contains video and audio clips, a snapshot of the language’s status and history, and a user-friendly forum for sharing ideas.

Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education Article for Teachers

This journal article provides a collection of resources for teaching American Indian students.  The resources give a background in Indian education and suggest methods for teaching and integrating American Indian content into traditional subject areas.

Regional Native Language Resources

University of California Berkeley Languages of California Survey

For its size, California is linguistically the most diverse area of North America. To learn more about the languages of California, visit the UC-Berkeley survey.

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival

Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival is a native non-profit with the mission to foster the restoration and revival of indigenous California languages.

Aha Punana Leo School

Located in Hawaii, Aha Punana Leo School is one of the first full-scale indigenous language immersion efforts in the U.S.

Indigenous Peoples and Languages of Alaska

This website features a map that displays indigenous peoples and languages of Alaska by region.

Akwesasne Freedom School

Based in New York, the Akwesasne Freedom School (AFS) is an independent elementary/middle school that provides immersion learning in Mohawk. 

Head Start Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness Resource Catalogue

Volume two of the catalogue contains information on Native and Heritage Language Preservation, Revitalization, and Maintenance.