Active Grants in Native Languages – Esther Martinez Immersion

Active Grants in Native Languages – Esther Martinez Immersion

Native Language — Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI)

 

Alaska Region

 

Alaska

 

Grantee: Chickaloon Native Village
Project Description: The Chickaloon Native Village Tribal Citizens, Ya Ne Dah Ah Tribal Students, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council and staff members will preserve and increase fluency of the imperiled Ahtna Athabascan language through the development and immersion implementation of Advanced Ahtna language curriculum and Ahtna proficiency guidelines and assessment standards. This will be done through certification of beginning-to-intermediate staff and student Ahtna language teachers.

 

  • Location: Sutton, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/31/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,675

 

Grantee: Clare Swan Early Learning Center
Project Description: The goal of this project is to build community capacity to support Alaska Native Children's health and empowerment. This will be accomplished through enhanced access to opportunities to learn and speak the Yup'ik language that are embedded in Early Head Start and Head Start organizations serving Alaska Native families in Anchorage, AK. Currently, there are no formal mechanisms that exist to support alignment of services across this sequence of immersion programs, including student recruitment, student transitions, coordination of instructional support materials, and coordination of family outreach. There are also no Yup’ik (Yugtun) language instructional support materials designed to foster continuity across the full early childhood development sequence (birth through age 7). This project will enroll 84 children, ages 0-5, who will receive 500 hours of language instruction through high quality early childcare and education. Adult language learning aids, summer learning bags and an instructional enhancement kit will be developed and distributed to site-based Yup’ik immersion classrooms to support Yup’ik (Yugtun) Language learning of children. Clare Swan Early Learning Center will also provide the enrolled children with at least one opportunity to participate in a school transition activity and opportunities to attend a Yup’ik (Yugtun) Immersion Community event with their families/caregivers.

 

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language — Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

Eastern Region

 

Wisconsin

Oneida Nation (WI) -

Project Description: The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin aims to expand the capacity of language immersion programming for the Tehatiwanakhwa? Language Nest (TLN) by increasing student proficiency of the Oneida language, increasing instructional hours and number of staff, and increasing cultural connectedness by parents and families of students enrolled in the program. At the end of the five-year project, language nest students, ages 3 -8 years old, will increase their proficiency of the Oneida language by three steps as measured by the Oneida Language Proficiency scale.  Language nest instructional staff will increase their abilities in Oneida pedagogy by three steps as measured by the CREDE-ECE standards for effective Indigenous pedagogy.  Language instruction will be offered to parents through online learning to help foster language acquisition in the home and community. Parents of students will increase overall well-being through bimonthly engagement in language next activity by two levels as measured by the cultural connectedness scale (CCS). .. Presently, only 2 fluent speakers remain and are between 55 and 65 years of age.  By focusing on students, parents, and teachers learning the language, this project will reinvigorate the Oneida language into the future.

 

  • Location: Oneida, WI
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2025
  • FY 2021 Award: $279,597

 

 

Massachusetts

Grantee: Wopanaak Language and Cultural Weetyoo, Inc.
Project Description: The Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project is comprised of the four communities in the Wampanoag Nation. After having no speakers for generations, this project will provide Mukayuhsak Weekuw language nest students with more than 500 hour of Wôpanâak instruction at a new Grade 2 - Grade 4 language survival school, called the Weetumuw School. This school seeks to foster academic growth in social studies, history, science, math, health, gym, art, and Wôpanâak literacy as well as social-emotional wellness so children will continue to retain and expand Wôpanâak language fluency through culture-based education. WLRP uses a modified (“Wôpified”) Montessori Method called Wôpessori. The school’s objectives include training teachers, setting up classrooms, and establishing and implementing a Mukayuhsak Weekuw Wellness Plan to address student social-emotional development and learning.

 

  • Location: Mashpee, MA
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,519

 

Minnesota

Bdote Learning Center, Inc. (MN) -

Project Description: The Bdote Parent, Staff, and Alumni Language (PSAL) project was developed with a goal of improving the language immersion environment for Bdote students by increasing the language capacity of Parents, staff, and alumni (8th grade graduates) ultimately resulting in a more immersive school experience and greater student language fluency in Dakota and Ojibwe.  . Currently the community is in dire need of coordinated efforts to enhance language immersion practices for adult learners. While immersion instruction is offered to students grades K-8, there is minimal support for parents and staff interested in learning their native languages. By the end of the project, 100 caregivers, 27 BDOTE staff members, and 24 alumni will have increased their fluency levels based on the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) assessments. The project ultimately aims to foster a healthy and united community where Dakota and Ojibwe languages thrive.  Bdote is a K-8th grade immersion school in Minneapolis with 115 incoming students for 2020-2021 with approximately half the students in Dakota immersion and half in Ojibwe. 

 

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2024
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,682

 

Grantee: Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
Project Description: The Red Lake Ojibwe Teaching Bundles Project will create an Ojibwe Language curriculum based on the traditional seasonal lifeway of the Ojibwe people, specifically tied to Red Lake's culture, tradition, dialect, community, geography, and history. Twelve bundles will be created for each season (Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring), where they will be used to teach 60 children ages 3 and 4 years old at the Waasabiik Ojibwemotaadiwin Immersion Language Nest located at Red Lake Tribal College’s childcare wing and available for parents, guardians, and family members. Each bundle will include: illustrated word lists and coloring pages; physical samples such as bark, rice, shells, rocks; recipes; games; storyboards showing seasonal activities; materials and instructions for family activities; conversation exercises; and videos of seasonal activities and events with conversation and voice over in Ojibwemoowin.

 

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

New York

 

Agwadeyesta Dogeh Inc. (NY) 

Project Description: Agwadeyesta Dogeh, Inc. will enhance the capacity of the language programming at the Seneca Nation of Indians’ Faithkeeper School. In order to better serve families, the project will offer instruction to students beyond age 6 in the classroom. Currently, the Faithkeeper School only has the capacity to serve students ages 3-6. Consequently, some of the students must attend a public school, losing many of their language skills. Agwadeyestah Dogeh will partner with the Faithkeeper School to certify two teachers in Montessori Elementary I/II for students ages 6-12, increase staff and students’ classroom language time, ongoing professional staff development, create 40 new age and culturally appropriate language resources, an obtain additional parent engagement. Ultimately, this project will bring the Faithkeeper School closer to their long term community goal of becoming a K-12 school that provides 100% of their instruction in the Seneca Language.

 

  • Location: Salamanca, NY
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2025
  • FY 2021 Award: $159,242

 

North Dakota

 

Sitting Bull College (ND) —

Project Description: Sitting Bull College will create a unique Lakota language infused alternative education teacher training pathway that facilitates the pilot of an infant/toddler immersion classroom, creating first language speakers in the Lakota language. There are currently no first language Lakota speakers under the age of 40 on the Standing Rock Reservation while the total number of fluent speakers is less than 2% of the total population, with little to no intergenerational language transmission.  This project will combine the existing childhood services programs of Lakhól’iyapi Wahóhpi Wičȟákini Owayawa (LWWO) and the Kampus Kids Learning Center (KKLC) to pilot the first  4 months to 2.5 years old  100% Lakota language immersion classroom that integrates instruction grounded in a Montessori style, project-based learning environment. As a result of successful implementation, the project will create first language speakers of the Lakota language for the first time in 40 years. It will bridge the gap between elder first language speakers and youth speakers of the Lakota language in order to ensure successful survival of Lakota into the future.

 

  • Location: Fort Yates, ND
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2025
  • FY 2021 Award: $270,908

 

South Dakota

Grantee: Lakhotiyapi Okahtan Wichiochage, Inc.
Project Description: This project goal is to revive Lakota language use by creating an immersion school for kindergarten through second grade students in Eagle Butte, SD. The project includes adaptation of curricula used by several community partners, and development of assessment tools for each lesson. LOWI will target 60 children within the 3 year project period.

 

  • Location: Eagle Butte, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 06/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,605

 

Grantee: Thunder Valley CDC
Project Description: The Iyapi Glukinipi Owaya (IGO) 2021’s project goal is to, “Revive common use of the Lakota language and infuse it in all aspects of planning for the future” through the development and implementation of a high-quality Lakota immersion education program at the Red Cloud Indian School, serving children from K thru 4th grade to become fluent Lakota speakers at age and grade appropriate levels while being prepared for the next level of education.

 

  • Location: Porcupine, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 -  06/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $282,775

 

Wisconsin

Grantee: Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Project Description: The project goal is to expand language and community involvement in the Menominee language. The project highlights three objectives, including training 18 new Early Childhood language teachers, creating a virtual reality language experience for community members, and developing three language nest classrooms serving a total of 18 birth to five year old children.

 

  • Location: Keshena, WI
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 06/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $204,823

 

Pacific Region

 

Hawaii

 

Grantee: Kai Loa, Inc.
Project Description: The Kamakau Association for Increasing Lifelong Opportunities for Advancement (KAI LOA) seeks to increase the Hawaiian language proficiency of instructional staff at Ke Kula ’o Samuel M. Kamakau, a PreK-12 Hawaiian language medium laboratory public charter school, by implementing The HOOKIPAPA project. The focus will be on building capacity for language immersion instruction for two administrators and three instructional staff in order to measure the oral proficiency of Kamakau students, increase faculty Hawaiian language proficiency, and develop six Hawaiian language learning resources for staff, parents, and students. Ke Kula ’o Samuel M. Kamakau currently serves 158 students and 96 families.

 

  • Location: O’ahu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $298,433

 

Western Region

 

Arizona

 

Grantee: Hualapai Indian Tribe
Project Description: The Hualapai Head Start Language Immersion Program will establish a Language Nest to implement a site-based educational program that provides sustainable language instructional and curricular services to children enrolled in Head Start and their parents or Legal Guardians. The medium of instruction will be the Hualapai language. The project will adapt the historically successful language development materials that were created from a former Hualapai Bilingual Program that existed at the elementary school on the reservation. In the first year of the project, an immersion language instructional curriculum for the Head Start Program will be developed and trial immersion instruction. By the end of the 2nd and 3rd years of the project, 57 Head Start children ages 3-5 will receive 512 hours annually of immersion instruction. Additionally, the project will provide 20 language trainings to 30 Head Start parents, and form a Language Parent Advisory Committee. This immersion program will assist in reaching community members’ long-term community goal of using the Hualapai language as a means of conversing.

 

  • Location: Peach Springs, AZ
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $219,823

 

Montana

 

Grantee: Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation
Project Description: Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation's project will strive to improve indigenous language capability among Nakoda and Aaniiih children through the development of a language nest for Pre-k and Kindergarten students. This nest will be within Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation’s Aaniiih Nakoda Community Child and Education Center and serve as a hub for the regeneration of the Nakoda and Aaniiih languages within the Ft. Belknap Indian Community. Project objectives include increasing the number of trained and certified language teachers; providing a minimum of 500 hours of language immersion instruction to 75 children; and providing resources to enhance intergenerational learning and exchange as a means to fulfill the community’s long-term vision of preserving and protecting the languages for future generations of Aaniiih and Nakoda.

 

  • Location: Harlem, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $273,473

 

New Mexico

Grantee: Keres Children's Learning Center
Project Description: This project's goal is to strengthen the community's daily use of Keres across historical, traditional, contemporary, household, and formal contexts and stimulate cross-generational Keres fluency. The project's first Objective aims to develop a Mentor-Apprentice immersion program for parents of students at the existing Language Nest. The second Objective is to open a Mobile Outdoor Immersion Classroom and develop an accompanying curriculum using traditional outdoor activities.

 

  • Location: Cochiti Pueblo, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 07/01/2018 - 06/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $297,623

 

Washington

Grantee: Kalispel Community of the Kalispel Reservation
Project Description: Kalispel Language Survival School Expansion will expand K-2 Kalispel Survival School to include grades 3-5 on the Kalispel Indian Reservation in order to provide a continuous immersion experience for Kalispel children and allow the acquisition of language fluency by age 11. This project will provide at least 500 hours of Kalispel language to 15 students who will attend Kalispel Survival School for primary level education. The project will also seek to establish a 501 (c) 3 non-profit to establish a Native language coalition between the Kalispel and Salish peoples in Washington and Montana.

 

  • Location: Cusick, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,989

 

Grantee: Salish School of Spokane
Project Description: The goal of the project is to increase the Salish School Survival School Program at the Salish School of Spokane by providing high quality immersion education for 15 6th through 8th-grade students. The current language immersion program is offered from pre-school to 5th grade with a student body consisting of 45 pupils. Each student will receive over 1000 hours of language instruction every year focusing on subjects like Salish literacy and math. The project will also provide Salish language training for students’ parents, thereby increasing intergenerational use and transmission of Salish language and culture.

 

  • Location: Spokane, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

Grantee: Spokane Tribe of Indians
Project Description: The Spokane Language Survival School will continue their language journey by growing the Back to the Heart Language Nest School to include a Language Survival Immersion School giving each student over 500 hours of language instruction per year. This expansion aims to increase the fluency level and cultural knowledge of six language teachers and 26 students of the Spokane Language; develop an Indigenous comprehensive Math, Reading, and Science curriculum for students aged 7-10; and create traditional story books, language/culture units that will be accessible on the language/culture website and social media pages.

 

  • Location: Wellpinit, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

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