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Active Grants in Native Languages – Esther Martinez Immersion

Audience:
Native Languages
Topics:
Language Immersion
Types:
Fact Sheet
Tags:
Language, Language Nest, Native Languages

Native Language – Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI)

Alaska Region

Alaska

Grantee: Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Project Description: The goal of the project is to increase Tlingit language use and sustainability by increasing proficiency in youth ages 3-5 through the establishment and operation of a Tlingit language nest. Language sustainability will be through the development of family support, as well as, teacher training and certification.

  • Location: Juneau, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/31/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $275,468

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 2018 Award: $298,880

Grantee: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.
Project Description: Mikelnguut Qanerciqut (“Our Children Will Speak”) Yup’ik Language Nest, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) will establish a pipeline of immersion education available to (1) a classroom of eight children ages birth to three in a full-day, year-round Early Head Start setting, and (2) a classroom of 17 children ages three to five in a half-day, school year-based Tribal Head Start setting. Mikelnguut Qanerciqut will provide services to 25 children per year for a minimum average of 500 hours of child care and instruction per child, delivered solely in the Yup’ik language. It will additionally provide weekly family-centered Yup’ik language instruction to parents and caregivers, and monthly referrals to cultural activities in the community.

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $226,764

Grantee: Yakutat Tlingit Tribe
Project Description: Yakutat has not produced one first-language Lingit speaker in the last seven decades and are facing a rapid loss of language and culture with only one fluent speaker remaining in the community. The Yakutat Tglingit Tribe (YTT) will be increasing language proficiency of 10-15 students and the intermediate adults who will serve as Language Nest Teachers. They will also be producing a Teacher Workbook, which will include all curriculum and teacher resources developed by the YTT over the last 15 years. Two Language teachers will be completing the requirements towards the Child Development Associate (CDA) Degree.

  • Location: Yakutat, Alaska
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2017 – 7/31/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $299,768

Eastern Region

Massachusetts

Grantee: Wopanaak Language and Cultural Weetyoo, Inc.
Project Description: The project goal is to provide full-time language immersion through a Montessori-based language immersion school for students ages 7 and younger. The project will train and certify four individuals in the Montessori Method to become full-time Montessori teachers, and also pilot and grow the immersion school in accepting up to at least 35 students in Grades Pre-K through first grade.

  • Location: Mashpee, MA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $292,863

Minnesota

Grantee: Bdote Learning Center
Project Description: The Dakota and Ojibwe languages are threatened in Minnesota and the lack of immersion programs in these languages for 5th and 8th grade youth, when language skills solidify, exacerbates this issue; the Kaota and Ojibwe Middle School Immersion Curriculum project will address this problem through three strategic objectives. The project goal is to increase Ojibwe and Dakota language acquisition and fluency among Minneapolis American Indian children by building a 5th through 8th grade middle school immersion curriculum so that elementary immersion students can transition into middle school. Operating as a language survival school, the project will develop, pilot, test, and implement a 3.5 hours/day 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade integrated immersion curriculum. The project will implement 595 hours of language immersion per year to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Additionally, the project aims to develop or translate 50 books in Dakota and 50 books in Ojibwe.

  • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2020
  • FY 2017 Award: $295,746

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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 – 06/30/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $298,344

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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 – 06/30/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $300,000

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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 – 06/30/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $251,853

Grantee: Waadookodaading, Inc.
Project Description: The project goal is to ensure language and culture survival of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa by building the language teaching capacity of current and future staff at the pre-school through 8th grade immersion school who will then continue the language learning revitalization movement for generations. Building capacity of the tribal community will be completed by increasing the language proficiency of staff who work at the immersion school; and by developing immersion teacher training coursework to develop the skills of immersion teachers.

  • Location: Hayward, WI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 – 06/30/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $227,915

Pacific Region

Northern Mariana Islands

Grantee: CNMI Public School System
Project Description: The project goal is to improve Chamorro and Carolinian students' knowledge and understanding of their languages and cultures so they can participate in rich oral conversations, understand the culture, and enjoy the cultural protective factors as a result. A published curriculum and language assessment will be developed and piloted in language immersion classes.

  • Location: Saipan, MP
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $198,929

Western Region

California

Grantee: Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Project Description: The project goal is to address the immediate need to provide increased Luiseno language speaking proficiency and cultural knowledge for tribal school students and their parents. Seven core Luiseno Immersion Curriculums are to be completed and implemented for each grade level, Pre-K to Grade 5, with 45 out of 100 students increasing their Luiseno cultural knowledge and language conversational proficiency. The project will also offer immersion classes and teacher training. The development and implementation of Luiseno Language Books, Language Apps, Language Flashcards, Audio Book Recordings, and TPR - Storytelling training for teachers are some of the activities proposed to address this goal.

  • Location: Temecula, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $198,289

Montana

Grantee: Little Big Horn College
Project Description: Little Big Horn College proposes a three-year project to develop a Native Language immersion school (language nest) where students, ages kindergarten through second grade, will receive age-appropriate learning instruction while fully immersed in the Crow language. The school will enroll a cohort of 20 kindergarten aged students each year of the project. At the same time, they will be developing curricula and training teachers to offer the subsequent grade level for the first and second cohort during years two and three of the project. In addition, the project will target the parents and families of enrolled students by providing learning opportunities to reinforce language learning in the home.

  • Location: Crow Agency, Montana
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $293,954

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: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 07/01/2018 – 06/30/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $239,383

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: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $299,989

Grantee: Spokane Tribe of Indians
Project Description: The project goal is to implement a Language Nest Immersion School called "Back to the Heart School" to create a new generation of fluent speakers. Elders will provide language training to teachers, simultaneously with teachers immersing students in the language and culture. Language teaching materials will be developed and available online, including two computer stories, 18 bi-weekly lessons per year, and a computerized dictionary.

  • Location: Wellpinit, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $300,000
Last Reviewed: November 15, 2018