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Active Grants in Native Languages - Preservation and Maintenance

Published: July 31, 2019
Audience:
Native Languages
Topics:
Applicant Resources, Grantee Resources, Language Immersion
Types:
Informational Sheet
Tags:
Language, Native Languages

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 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 Award: $297,999

Oklahoma

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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022

    FY 2019 Award: $300,000

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: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 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: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30-2021
  • FY 2019 Award: $299,998

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, Wisconsin
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 – 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 Award: $183,632

Grantee: Oneida Nation
Project Description: This project goal is to increase the number of Oneida language teachers that are conversationally competent and able to teach the On^yote’aka Tsi nitwaw^not^ curriculum. This project will provide instruction in Oneida language, provide teacher training for teachers of Oneida language, and develop supplemental instructional materials for On^yote’aka Tsi nitwaw^not^ curriculum created by the Oneida Language Department (OLD) who will be a partner in this project.

  • Location: Oneida, Wisconsin
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 – 07/31/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $298,339

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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 Award: $294,496

Western Region

Arizona

Grantee: San Carlos Apache Tribe
Project Description: The San Carlos Apache Tribe will establish an integrated system of Apache language instruction that incorporates natural elements of cultural knowledge that will result in increased numbers of Apache language speakers in all age groups and at all levels of fluency over a three year project period. The San Carlos Apache Tribe will begin their language project by conducting language surveys and interviews to community members of all ages to determine the level of community readiness. Following these surveys, the program will then develop digital records of culturally significant activities and will follow-up by distributing these Apache language materials to enhance learning and help promote the importance of learning the Apache language. The final part of the program will focus on the development of the language curriculum, initiate the Master Apprentice Program, then implement and monitor the progress of apprentice teachers and students by using the American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines. San Carlos Apache Tribe aims to sustain this pilot language program for all language learners across the Tribal Government, school system, Tribal College, and private sectors

  • Location: San Carlos, Arizona
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $293,043

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, Arizona
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 Award: $240,623

California

Grantee: Halau Hula O Kaeo
Project Description: The project seeks to establish a self-sustaining language program to encourage and promote Hawaiian language, culture, and traditions for Native Hawaiians living in California. This will be accomplished through increasing the language skills of eight (8) Native Hawaiian Language Educators at four (4) Californian Hula dance schools from elementary (L1) to professional proficiency (L3) on the Interagency Language Round-table scale and also developing a community-based Hawaiian Language Curriculum incorporating traditional dance, song, and chanting.

  • Location: Escondido, California
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $285,451

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: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 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: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 Award: $294,991

Grantee: Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes
Project Description: The goal of this project is to improve the vitality of the Dakota and Nakoda language on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation by providing language classes, cultural camps, that also focuses on language immersion and broadcasting the Dakota/Nakoda languages on the local radio station for all community members.

  • Location: Poplar, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $194,242

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, New Mexico
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
  • FY 2019 Award: $232,385

Grantee: Pueblo of Acoma
Project Description: The goal of the Acoma Keres Language Recovery Project is to promote the survival of the language for future generations on the Acoma Pueblo Reservation. The Pueblo of Acoma partnering with the Pueblo of Acoma Department of Education will develop a Digital Keres Language Dictionary, two levels of language instruction textbooks and audio CD's for grades K-12, and create a Keres Language Summer Institute for teachers.

  • Location: Acoma, New Mexico
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $196,115

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

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, Washington
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2021
  • FY 2019 Award: $279,697

Grantee: Skokomish Indian Tribe
Project Description: The Skokomish Indian Tribe will develop the foundation for Twana Language learning and revitalization by developing a comprehensive dictionary for the Skokomish community. With this dictionary, language learning classes will be developed and implemented to promote the traditional values and language of the Twana people for present and future generations. In addition, two student language teachers will receive intensive language lessons and professional development, increasing their language level usage, over the three year project.

  • Location: Shelton, Washington
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Languages Preservation and Maintenance
  • Project Period: 08/01/2017 - 07/31/2020
  • FY 2019 Award: $234,015
Last Reviewed: October 28, 2019