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Active Grants in Native Languages - Preservation and Maintenance

Published: November 15, 2018
Audience:
Native Languages
Topics:
Grantee Resources, Language Immersion
Types:
Informational Sheet
Tags:
Language, Native Languages

Native Language - Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)

Alaskan Region

Alaska

Grantee: Doyon Foundation
Project Description: The goal for the Doyon Languages Online project is to partner with Transparent Language Online (TLO), a language-learning software company that supports endangered language learning through its non-profit arm 7000 Languages Project, to build and document learning content for the languages of the Doyon region in an accessible, engaging, and proven online environment that is widely available to Doyon shareholders in Alaska and throughout the United States. First, content creators hired through the project will work with the project-hired Program Manager, Linguistics Consultant, and other relevant staff to create a template that outlines the scope and sequence of lessons, including essential domains, fields, and topics that can be used to create introductory online courses for all nine of the Doyon languages. Then, the project will make available through TLO at least 10 units consisting of a total of 56 essential lessons for each language for which we are curating and creating content (280 lessons in total, across five languages). These lessons will be available to language teachers and Doyon shareholders for five of the nine Doyon languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa. Finally, by September 30, 2019, Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa introductory lessons in the TLO system will be widely disseminated to Doyon shareholders, and teachers will receive training for using the lessons in locally-determined educational settings, be they K-12, community events, the home, or other educational setting.

  • Location: Fairbanks, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $300,000

Grantee: Organized Village of Kake
Project Description: The Organized Village of Kake (OVK) only has one living fluent speaker in their community, who is very active in teaching inside and outside of the school. To achieve the goal, OVK will create and implement a Master-Apprentice program and document the lesson plans of the elder who currently teaches orally in the 4th – 6th grade classes. As a result of these objectives, this documentation will build upon the foundation of the curriculum created in 2011 and more community citizens will speak Lingit more fluently through total immersion moments in the Master-Apprentice sessions. The project will target the Lingit adult population age 18 – 75 in Kake, AK. At the end of 36 months, 8 apprentices in the Kake Lingit language will be trained and 75 lesson plans for 4th to 6th grade students will be completed.

  • Location: Kake, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $150,000

Grantee: Sealaska Heritage Institute
Project Description: The project establishes 4 master-apprentice language learning teams. In Metlakatla the team will practice the Sm'algyax language, in Yakutat they will practice Lingit, and in Hydaburg they will practice Xaad Kil. The fourth team in Juneau will practice one of the three languages depending on interest from potential learners. Learning teams will also complete college language learning courses that emphasize written language skills.

  • Location: Juneau, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $249,153.04

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 2018 Award: $259,600

Mississippi

Grantee: Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Project Description: The goal of this project is to reduce language barriers in Mississippi Choctaw households by increasing time daily for children to learn and acquire Choctaw language, while also providing opportunities for families to develop strategies and activities for overcoming language barriers. The applicant will provide sequential Choctaw language instruction, for 30 minutes per day for the students in each grade level from pre-school to 3rd grade at three tribally-operated elementary schools. They will also implement a comprehensive outreach program, using Certified Teacher's Aides, who will provide home-visiting services for all participating language learner families to ensure the development of home and community based language learning activities, support, and interaction.

  • Location: Choctaw, MS
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $284,660

Oklahoma

Grantee: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma
Project Description: Out of our community of 12,701 tribal members, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have no functionally fluent speakers under the age of 65, and the community environment in which language learners could practice is filled with criticism and negativity. The Communicating Together, Speaking Bravely project will have two main objectives: a Master–Apprentice component, and an Apprentice–Community component. For the Master–Apprentice component, Master Speakers will immerse 4 Cheyenne and 4 Arapaho Apprentices for 20 hours each week. For the Apprentice–Community component, Junior Apprentices will apply what they are learning by immersing approximately 10 tribal members in community language classes held every 2 weeks. The tribal members participating in these classes will be all ages, from youth ages 5 and up, to adults, to elders. Through the Communicating Together, Speaking Bravely project, they expect to create 8 new functionally fluent speakers and to increase interest in the language for 90 new tribal members.

  • Location: Concho, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $299,666

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 2018 Award: $271,262

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 2018 Award: $299,991

Wisconsin

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 2018 Award: $283,492

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 2018 Award: $288,398

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 2018 Award: $298,983

Grantee: Te Taki-Tokelau Community Training & Development Inc.
Project Description: The goal of the Tele! Project is to increase the number of fluent speakers in the community by providing opportunities for more intergenerational interaction and by providing sustainable professional development for teachers in the Native language program, ultimately strengthening family and community bonds and the transmission of traditional knowledge and values. The first phase of the project begins with developing a strategic plan to recruit new teachers and sustain the professional development of the corps of teachers. The second phase will provide more opportunities for members to interact and use the language, especially isolated elders, youth, and others who have not participated in the school's activities. The third phase increases awareness of the language, recruit new language teachers and helpers, record stories of fluent elders, and share news about the community and language through social media.

  • Location: Wahiawa, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $266,058

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 2018 Award: $275,834

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 2018 Award: $264,200

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 2018 Award: $287,105

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 2018 Award: $213,407

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 2018 Award: $274,920

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 2018 Award: $199,274

New Mexico

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: 08/01/17 - 07/31/20
  • FY 2018 Award: $186,418

Washington

Grantee: Inchelium Language and Culture Association
Project Description: The project goal will be accomplished by achieving three objectives: 1) teaching Salish to 12 new adult learners and offering them practice teaching experience in the community; 2) teaching Salish to nine youth learners and empowering them to teach their peers, and 3) recording and archiving Salish language conversations, narratives, personal histories, and teachings with 4 fluent Elders. The project will increase the number of Salish language speakers, with a focus on obtaining advanced fluency for 6 project participants. Six adult language specialists will receive intensive language exposure, including practice teaching and recording and transcribing stories from Elder language speakers. An additional 6 adult interns will receive lessons, and interact with language specialists to develop intermediate level proficiency. Lastly they will work with 9 youth through ongoing instruction and summer language camps to build fluency among younger tribal members as well.

  • Location: Inchelium, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $276,640

Grantee: Lower Elwha Tribe Community Council
Project Description: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (LEKT) would like to implement “Klallam Everywhere” to continue to revitalize the indigenous Klallam language, a branch of the Northern Straits dialect of Salishan. This project will provide the tools, motivation and opportunities to increase fluency, usage and awareness of the Klallam Language in Tribal homes and community facilities. This community driven project will produce an increase of one level of fluency in 25 participants, the webinar and application tools will be downloaded at least 100 times, craft-based immersion classes will be held, and an increase in Klallam language visibility will occur by the end of 36 months. Simultaneously, “immersion” classes will be developed and conducted over 36 months offered twice weekly to an intergenerational audience for a total of 224 classes, or 448 hours of Klallam-only communication. Craft classes using only the Klallam language will be held while teaching traditional practices such as cedar bark weaving, medicine making, food preparation and other skills. The Language knowledge and fluency will grow among participants and find its way into their homes and community on a daily basis. They will also increase Klallam visibility and spread “Klallam Everywhere” throughout the reservation and community converting 30 English-only road signs to English-Klallam, adding 48 Klallam signs in/on Tribal buildings; distributing 6 LEKT flags in Klallam Language to nearby jurisdictions, presenting a Klallam Preference in Hiring policy to Council for approval; and adding a Klallam language course to the local high school to give credits for Culture and Heritage Activities classes.

  • Location: Port Angeles, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $175,766

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 2018 Award: $279,388

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 2018 Award: $176,081
Last Reviewed: November 15, 2018