Active Grants in Native Languages - Preservation and Maintenance

Active Grants in Native Languages - Preservation and Maintenance

Native Language - Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)

Alaskan Region

Alaska

Grantee: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc.
Project Description: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association, Inc. strives to increase community access to the Unangam Tunuu (Aleut language) by developing a regionally certified language teacher program with requirements in both language fluency and teaching leadership that will have a lasting impact on its 10 dispersed communities. The project seeks to develop a rigorous set of certification requirements that will support at least 10 dedicated teachers’ attainment of language fluency and demonstrated teaching leadership competencies through the assistance of their last 79 fluent Elders.

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

Grantee: Tanana Chiefs Conference (AK)

Project Description: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) will digitize language learning resources and establish cultural protocols for the proper utilization of these resources. Currently, community members from the 37 federally recognized tribes and the regional 42 communities, including the city of Fairbanks, are unaware of available languages resources because the 10 Alaska Native languages of the TCC region are not systematically catalogued or digitized. TCC will work with local language experts from region communities who understand the region’s languages and can help identify, catalog, and digitize existing language resources as well as capture language learning resources which have not yet been made available.  Digitized resources will be made available to the broad TCC community through a single online access point — the Alaska Native Language Archive, located at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  This project will also conduct necessary outreach to the tribal communities to solicit feedback and generate awareness of the digitization process of the languages, which include: Holikachuk, Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Deg Xinag, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Hän, Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross), Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Inupiaq, Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), and Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana). The project will increase access for community members to language learning resources, centralize the location of language resources for this region, and lay the groundwork for development and implementation of other language programs, teacher certification program, immersion program, or online language courses.

 

  • Location: Fairbanks, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

 

Eastern Region

 

Louisiana

Grantee: Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Project Description: The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana intends to increase the number of certified Tunica language instructors from three to six over a three-year period which will lead to increased capacity for additional language classes. By using a teaching model developed with Tulane University, 5 apprentice instructors will participate in ongoing weekly language classes, cultural life-ways workshops, language camps, and outreach events. Each project year will be carried out through 5 phases of learning and language apprentices will need to pass a language exam at the end of each year.

  • Location: Marksville, LA
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $244,300

 

Michigan

Grantee: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indian
Project Description: The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians currently has 2 remaining fluent speakers of 4,500 enrolled tribal members. The Ngikendaas Anishinaabe Language Project's goal is to ensure the survival of the Native language, Anishinaabemowin, in the Little Traverse Bay Bands community through targeted revitalization efforts with high school aged youth and community adults using an online Anishinaabemowin Language Course within their school system and community. Project outcomes aim to develop the Online Anishinaabemowin language courses, increase community participation in language learning through the use of innovative technology, while creating the opportunity for high school students to fulfill their world language credit requirement with the Anishinaabemowin course.

 

  • Location: Harbor Springs, MI
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $274,526

 

Minnesota

Grantee: Minneapolis American Indian Center
Project Description: With the vast majority of the Native population residing in Minneapolis due to the Indian Relocation Act of 1956, there has been a rapid loss of first language speakers and qualified instructors to carry on Native languages. The Minneapolis American Indian Center's Native Language Infusion Project aims to increase capacity and strengthen coordination by providing more opportunities for urban Native community members to learn and become fluent in their Native languages, predominantly Ojibwe and Dakota. The Minneapolis American Indian Center will accomplish this by creating Language Advisory Councils, developing an annual "Native Language Olympics", creating community cultural activities and digital media pieces, and implementing introductory courses.

 

  • Location: Minneapolis, MN
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

New York

Grantee: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Project Description: The goal of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program Project: Á:se Tsi Tewá:ton (We Will Make it New Again) is to increase the language fluency of the Mohawk language by changing the way learning materials are utilized, fluency is assessed, and how language is used outside of the classroom. Currently there is a 5% fluency rate that is held by tribal elders age 50-70. The project objective aims to increase in the number of materials utilized by the community by 30% each year, certify 2 Language Specialists as ACTFL OPI Testers and increase the fluency levels of 12 students (future teachers). 340 youth and elders participating in the Let’s Get Healthy Program (LGHP) and 34 Traditional Activities Workshops will have increased fluency levels in traditional activities related to foods and medicines.

 

  • Location: Hogansburg, NY
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $297,999

 

Oklahoma

 

Grantee: Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma (OK)

Project Description: The Absentee Shawnee Tribe’s (AST) will implement a Shawnee Language Program to preserve and maintain the endangered Absentee Shawnee Language by creating additional language resources and certifying language instructors. At present, only 100 of the 4,430 tribal members speak the Absentee Shawnee Language, with only 10 fluent speakers, and there is no language program in place to formally pass that knowledge on to the next generation. Through the tribe’s Cultural Preservation Department, the project will hire a linguist to collect, analyze, and catalog all Shawnee language resources and partner with tribal elders to compose ethnography of the tribe.  Language items will be archived and the AST Media office will establish a webpage and social media platform for digital learning resources.  They will also create a a teaching certification program and curriculum for the instruction of the Shawnee language from the beginner level to fluency.  By the end of the project, the Shawnee Language Program will have increased its language resources by 400% and certified 2 language teachers to teach every age group and level of proficiency in the language. The language resources and classes will directly target adult tribal members between the ages of 18 and 54 within the community whose population accounts for over 50% of the tribe’s total population. With this increased capacity to implement language programs, the project will preserve not only the Absentee Shawnee Language but also the Tribe’s rich cultural identity, ensuring tribal members utilize the language in their day-to-day lives.

 

  • Location: Shawnee, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $200,000

 

Grantee: Cherokee Nation (OK)

Project Description: The Cherokee Nation will establish the Institute of Excellence--widajetlv’i jalagi igiwonihisdi unadotlvsv’i--to bring together two generations of Cherokee first language speakers in an immersion learning environment. Currently, elders 80 years and older have the highest proficiency in Cherokee, while younger Cherokee speakers lack the ability to express deeper concepts of Cherokee thought, life, and spirituality in the language. The distinguished elder speakers are passing on at a rapid rate and thus it is critical for the younger generation of speakers to increase their fluency. This project will increase the language fluency level of four advanced language speakers to a distinguished level through language immersion sessions and analysis of historic Cherokee documents.  The analyses will be written at a lower proficiency of the language and serve as a resource for comparative study of traditional and modern Cherokee language, that will assist in the development of proficiency based classification system solely for the Cherokee language. Ultimately, this will reduce the median age for distinguished proficiency level speakers from 80 to 60 years old and create relationships between Cherokee speakers that will strengthen the Cherokee language for generations to come.

 

  • Location: Tahlequah, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

Grantee: Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project Inc.
Project Description: The goal of Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project Inc. is to grow new, young speakers of the Euchee (Yuchi) language and develop their capacity to document their language and create resources. There are only nine living first-language Yuchi speakers with an age range from 60-90 years old. The Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project Inc. aims to implement a Youth and Elder Program focusing on three objectives that will train twelve youth in a complete skill set for language revitalization. The Program will develop 12 youth as new speakers in year one of the project. Additional expertise and capacity building will be added in years two and three which will include language documentation and resource development. By the end of the 36 month project, the twelve youth will be skilled language practitioners, empowered to keep the Yuchi language alive in the community.

 

  • Location: Sapulpa, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

Grantee: Sac & Fox Nation (OK)

Project Description: The Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma aims to improve the longevity of the Mesquakie-Sauk Language by producing teachers who infuse the language across all age groups to form learning nests at home, daycare, school, and work. Currently, the Mesquakie-Sauk language is critically endangered with only six fluent speakers remaining and there has been poor retention of language products. In order to address the lack of fluency, the project will utilize a master-apprentice language learning model, in which the project participants will engage in language learning under the Tribe's current Sauk Language Director. Two college students and two semi-professional adults will be trained to speak, write, and instruct in the Mesquakie-Sauk language. The Atowe Project will host Thaki Thursdays, a potluck class for tribal employees, and a Sauk Family Camp once a week every summer for families. Through these activities and the master-apprentice model, the Sac and Fox Nation will ensure that every member, descendant, and employee becomes fluent in the Mesquakie-Sauk language.

 

  • Location: Stroud, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $265,922

 

Oregon

Grantee: Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
Project Description: The goal of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is to support Tribal families in learning the Native language, Takelma. Their project, Nahankhuotana: Strengthening our Cow Creek Tribal Community and Families through Takelma Language Revitalization, strives to increase family language learning materials available for community use. This project will build the fluency of two teacher-learners, as well as a Language Coordinator to ensure Tribal families are supported in learning Takelma.

 

  • Location: Roseburg, OR
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $232,050

 

South Dakota

Grantee: Little Wound School
Project Description: The goal of this project is to increase the Lakota language fluency level of elementary-aged community members by supporting intergenerational language transference at home. The applicant will create a curriculum to support in-home intergenerational language transference and two home-based Lakota Language coaches will support 50 speaker-learner pairs in advancing language proficiency. The fluent speakers are already living in the homes of students and are their grandparents or other relatives.

 

  • Location: Kyle, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $198,706

 

Grantee: Rural America Initiatives
Project Description: The Rural America Initiatives Lakota Language Project will help restore the language to 300 children in the Indian community in Rapid City, South Dakota through the implementation of new Lakota language classes within the school system. The RAI Language Project will also target 385 adult parents, RAI staff, and community leaders who are expected to help their children learn the Lakota language and gain fluency themselves.

 

  • Location: Rapid City, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30-2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,998

 

Grantee: Wolakota Waldorf Society DBA Lakota Waldorf School (SD)

Project Description: Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) seeks to revitalize the use of the Lakota language, improve educational outcomes, and infuse the language into all aspects of community life. Due to the lack of language schools on the Pine Ridge Reservation and limited access to curriculum and fluent teachers, less than 1% of their fluent speakers are under age 10 while the majority of the speakers are over 65 years old. This project will increase the Lakota language levels of 50 students in K-8th grade by 1 grade level each year while also reinforcing and growing the language levels of 25 teachers, non-teaching staff, and family mentors. By insulating the students and adults with the Lakota language, they hope to increase their LWS Modified Oral Proficiency and Lakota Language Profile scores, instilling the Lakota language for future generations.

 

  • Location: Kyle, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020-6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $300,000

 

 

Wisconsin

Grantee: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission
Project Description: The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission will develop early childhood Ojibwe language materials that will be utilized in tribal schools to build a foundation for Ojibwe language learning while targeting tribal youth from birth to five years of age. This project will provide teachers, caregivers, and parents with twelve different Ojibwe language learning books and four plant and animal themed interactive online learning tools in a continuous effort to ensure the survival and utilization of the Ojibwe language.

 

  • Location: Odanah, WI
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $183,632

 

Pacific Region

Hawai'i

Grantee: Kulaniakea
Project Description: The project goal is create to a family-centered Hawaiian language reading program for learners of all ages and levels (beginning to advanced), in order to increase the use of the Hawai’ian language in Ko’olaupoko region, O'ahu, Hawai'i. Targeting Native Hawai'ian children at Kulaniakea pre-school, their parents and grandparents, the project aims to develop, pilot-test, and implement the Hawai'ian Language Reading Program by the end of 36 months for 26 children, ages 2 to 6 years old, and 52 adult participants. The Hawai'ian Language Reading Program will create an illustrated book, curriculum (20 lesson plans), teacher's guide, and a parent companion (home reading program, 10 home activities, and 10 Easy Readers).

 

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $293,907

 

Grantee: Papahana Kuaola
Project Description: The project goal is to provide Hawai'ian language immersion opportunity in the workplace, targeting six Hawai'ian education organizations on O'ahu, to achieve fluency in the Hawai'ian language. By the end of the 36 month project, an estimated 75% of 60 participants will have demonstrated Hawai'ian language fluency at varying levels, from novice to advanced. With two objectives, the project aims to develop and implement five Hawai'ian language learning modules that follow the Koina Leo method, and the application of four types of support system tools to partnering Hawai'ian education organizations.

 

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $299,184

 

Grantee: Papakolea Community Development Corporation
Project Description: The Papakolea Community Development Corporation’s Kupua’e Hawaiian Language Project will work to expand the Kupua’e Youth Intersession Program to serve at least 75 keiki (children), ages 3-10, and their ’ohana (families), by the end of a 36-month project period. This expansion will enable Kupua’e to support more children and families in the Hawaiian homestead communities of Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine, learn their Native language with family-oriented and land-based activities. The project will focus on building the capacity of the organization by training eight teachers, developing and delivering new immersion curricula, teaching modules, and assessments, as well as engaging the community in at least 12 family-oriented and land-based activities utilizing Hawaiian language and culture by the end of the 36-month project period.

 

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $294,496

 

Western Region

Arizona

 

Grantee: Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation
Project Description: The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation (TCRHCC) will create a new Office of Cultural and Language Resources, with the express intent to increase the number of patient encounters using Navajo and Hopi languages in their facilities. TCRHCC hopes to train more Native Language Liaisons (NLLs), and create audio/visual content in Native languages, thereby increasing their Native language interactions and services for the Navajo and Hopi communities which they serve. The NLLs and audio/visual materials will also increase access to health care for those community members whose first or preferred language is Navajo or Hopi.

 

  • Location: Tuba City, AZ
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $240,623

 

Colorado

Grantee: Southern Ute Indian Tribe (CO) —

Project Description: The Southern Ute Indian Tribe in partnership with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribes, will increase Ute language usage and fluency among the community through inter-generational language preservation and education. The Ute language is currently not spoken in familial settings nor at tribal gatherings. Compounding this, there are only 32 elder speakers left in the community who are fluent in the language. To address the decline in language use, this project will establish the Southwest Indigenous Language Development Institute (SILDI) certification program in tandem with Fort Lewis College and elder speakers. SILDI will provide fluency and linguistic pedagogical training to a cohort of 15 teachers. This cohort will also develop an online audio-visual dictionary of the Ute language and develop a Ute textbook that will expand their capacity, skill, and opportunities for language immersion instruction. The project will ultimately bring older and younger tribal citizens together so that the Ute language can regain its rightful place in the lives, hearts, and minds of Utes now and into the future.

 

  • Location: Ignacio, CO
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 6/30/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $201,947

 

Montana

 

Grantee: Crow Language Consortium
Project Description: The project goal is to revitalize Crow language by increasing community access to language learning materials, and increasing Crow teachers certification. This will be accomplished by creating digital, print, and mobile app dictionaries; creating and testing 20 vocabulary modules, and providing 720 credit hours for teacher certification through a Crow summer institute.

 

  • Location: Hardin, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $204,271

 

Grantee: Salish Kootenai College
Project Description: The Salish Language Educator Development (SLED) Program is the first phase of a 20 year plan to produce 40 Salish language teachers in order to revitalize the language on the Flathead Reservation. The project seeks to produce five (5) state licensed educators and Associate of Science degree in Education who are also fluent in the Salish language and capable of providing language acquisition education for birth to adulthood learns utilizing effective pedagogy by the end of the project, with an additional 10 to 20 expected to complete the program within two years of completion. The target population will complete training each year in two program areas, 1) Intensive Salish Language and 2) Native Language Teacher Education.

 

  • Location: Pablo, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $294,991

 

New Mexico

 

Grantee: Ohkay Owingeh
Project Description: The Ohkay Owingeh have seen a dramatic decline in fluent Tewa speakers, and the increase of English becoming the primary language in the homes of tribal members. Further, there is a shortage of resources in the community, such as availability of classes, scarcity of Tewa teachers, and initiatives available for youth. The goal of this project is to increase the number of fluent Tewa speakers by offering more opportunities for community members to learn the Tewa language. To achieve this goal, the Ohkay Owingeh will establish a Summer Youth Program for youth ages 12-16 to operate each year of the project, where 10 students will increase their fluency rate in Tewa by 10%.

By the end of the 36-month project, the Ohkay Owingeh will certify 6 tribal members to serve as Tewa teachers and will institute partnerships with local schools, entering into 5 Memorandum of Agreements, to increase learning opportunities.

  • Location: Ohkay Owingeh, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $232,385

 

North Dakota

Grantee: Turtle Mountain Community College
Project Description: The goal of the Turtle Mountain Language Project is to increase the number and fluency of language speakers by establishing a Master-Apprentice Program (MAP), developing instructional materials and multi-media resources, providing language instruction for community citizens.. The apprentices are college students and/or community members who are working to improve their language capabilities. After improving their language skills, developed effective resources for instruction, and honed instructional delivery, the MAP team will together pilot 12 immersion lessons with 12 pre-school students. The project will build a foundation for a future immersion preschool at Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC).

 

  • Location: Belcourt, ND
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2021 Award: $177,271

 

Montana

 

Grantee: Stone Child College (MT)

Project Description: The Stone Child College (SCC) Language Project will improve the vitality of the Cree language on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation by expanding language and cultural activities available to the Chippewa Cree tribal community.  Currently, SCC offers Cree language classes but does not offer a formal language degree program.  With this project, SCC will develop an accredited Cree Language Associates Degree program, which will provide formal education and help students attain fluency. The project aims for 10 Stone Child College students to declare their major as Cree Language over the three years of the grant. Ultimately, the project hopes to heighten language use among Chippewa Cree families and revive the language for generations to come.  

 

  • Location: Box Elder, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: East
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2020 - 9/29/2023
  • FY 2021 Award: $122,568

 

 

Washington

Grantee: Makah Indian Tribe
Project Description: The project goal is to "revitalize Makah language by creating Before School, After School and Adult Language clubs, increase intergenerational communication and availability of technological language resources to the community, certify two additional language teachers and increase the qualifications of two existing language teachers, which will increase [their] capacity to implement program and community language preservation and restoration goals." Furthermore, "participants guided by certified language teachers, will learn together and students will cement their learning by developing digital tools that can be distributed widely."

 

  • Location: Neah Bay, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: West
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2021 Award: $279,697