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Active Grants in Native Languages - Preservation and Maintenance

Published: December 29, 2017
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: Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
Project Description: The goal is to create a vibrant, integrated Unangam Tunuu Regional Learning Community that will support the growth of language learning in our communities, provide learning opportunities for learners at all levels, expand the number of fluent speakers and be the foundation for the survival of our language into the future.

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $299,748.00

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 2017 Award: $300,000

Grantee: Igiugig Village
Project Description: Igiugig Village is proposing a three-tiered project, corresponding to the three years of the project, to create an effective language immersion program suited to the specific needs and strengths of their community. The goal of this project is to revitalize the Yup’ik language in Igiugig Village by growing new, young speakers and training instructors to teach the language. After the initial training of language instructors in year one, a pilot program for the early childhood classes will be introduced in year two. This pilot program will consist of one three-hour immersion session per week, allowing language apprentices to begin implementing their language speaking and teaching skills. In year three, the full Early Childhood Immersion Program will be implemented, consisting of three-hour immersion classes five days a week.

  • Location: King Salmon, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 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 2017 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 2017 Award: $246,588.00

Eastern Region
Indiana

Grantee: Lakota Language Consortium
Project Description: The goal is to increase Lakota language fluency in students by means of an online multimedia learning system that makes learning fun, interactive and accessible.

  • Location: Bloomington, IN
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $298,498

Michigan

Grantee: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Project Description: LTBB will hire a Project Instructor to implement a 30-month language teacher training program for five community language learners. Trainees will participate in language immersion classes to increase language proficiency. Teacher training class will aid trainees to develop teaching skills that will be practiced via workshops and practicums in real classroom settings. Trainees will also develop instructional materials geared toward youth to ensure there are diverse and effective teaching tools for younger generations that instills life-long learning.

  • Location: Harbor Springs, MI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $199,485

Grantee: Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
Project Description: This project will make audio language learning accessible to tribal members, including pre-schoolers, youth, and adults who are interested in language education but unable to attend language classes due to distance or travel costs. This “Language in the Living Room” project will also provide an opportunity for current classroom language learners to progress more swiftly, allowing the tribe to gain intermediate level speakers at a more rapid pace. Currently, the tribe has two conversational level speakers and five intermediate level speakers. There are no fluent speakers in the Gun Lake Tribe.

  • Location: Shelbyville, MI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $100,523

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 2017 Award: $277,090

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 2017 Award: $296,841

Grantee: Kaw Nation
Project Description: This three-year project seeks to foster tribal citizen participation in language revitalization by incentivizing long-term language study and the achievement of demonstrable Kanza language proficiency, and to create the means by which this proficiency can be achieved and demonstrated. Kaw Nation will select and train a tribal citizen to serve as a Community Language Liaison to recruit from among three high tribal population centers approximately 35 Kaw adult students and families to participate in a nine-month pilot class (five students) and a 21-month incentivized class (30 students). The focus will be on building conversational ability and literacy, and to generally encourage grassroots Kanza language use and participation among tribal members in the tribe’s Kay County service area. In consultation with a specialist in second language assessment, a set of guidelines for measuring Kanza literacy and oral proficiency will be developed.

  • Location: Kaw City, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $126,958

Grantee: Osage Nation
Project Description: The Osage Nation is working to revitalize their language through Da-Po-Skah-Ahn-Ko-Dah-Pi Immersion School. The goal of their project is to increase the administrative capacity and language infrastructure which will enhance the use of Osage in daily interactions by hiring additional full-time staff, developing curriculum for all school grades through 2nd grade. They are also providing additional out-of-classroom immersion experiences and interactions that will increase Osage language acquisition for students, teachers and parents.

  • Location: Pawhuska, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $239,938

South Dakota

Grantee: Red Cloud Indian School, Inc.
Project Description: The goal is to increase student supports by creating a Lakota language library, training teachers, and increasing community outreach in order to improve the language proficiency of Red Cloud's 600 students when they graduate.

  • Location: Pine Ridge, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $229,694

Grantee: Rural America Initiatives
Project Description: Project LAKOTA's goal is to hire a master speaker to train Rural America Initiatives cultural mentors, staff, parents, and community members to teach the Lakota language at home and in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in Rapid City, SD. By utilizing already developed curriculum to teach 450 middle school-aged students as well as train 300 parents, 60 staff members, and 100 community members, the project will achieve increased fluency at the end of the three year grant.

  • Location: Rapid City, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $300,000

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: 08/01/17 – 07/31/20
  • FY 2017 Award: $280,446

Pacific Region

Guam

Grantee: Para I Probechu'n I Taotao-ta, Inc.
Project Description: The goal is to increase the speaking/usage of the Chamorro language through the revitalization of the traditional practice and chanting of “Kantan Chamorrita”. An apprenticeship program will be established and CD/DVDs will be produced as learning tools to increase the speaking/usage of the Chamorro language through intergenerational interaction between the elders, Fafana’gues (Chamorro Traditional Arts Instructor), and cultural practitioners in organized Gumas (Cultural houses).

  • Location: Hagatna, GU
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $303,281

Hawai'i

Grantee: Aha Kane - Foundation for the Advancement of Native Hawaiian
Project Description: Mana 'Olelo will strengthen the Hawaiian language by reclaiming spaces where Kane (men) can utilize the language in public practice through ceremony, oratory, and storytelling and make the language live again outside the walls of the academy. The project will conduct a 24-month program using the Pu'ulu approach on three islands.

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $299,242

Grantee: Hookakoo Corporation
Project Description: The goal of Project Kukuiehu is to help the Hawaiian community meet its goal of language and cultural revitalization by increasing the acquisition and proficiency of the Hawaiian language among immersion students in Grades k-3 by improving reading comprehension, while providing the student with strong, state standards-based education.  The project will develop culturally and grade-level appropriate chapter books, workbooks, curriculum, and assessments targeted at Native Hawaiian immersions learners in elementary schools which also meet the state's Common Core standards. Books will be translated into English so that parents who do not speak Native Hawaiian can learn and discuss stories at home. Resources will be shared with 15 Hawaiian Language Immersion Programs and also made available in public libraries.

  • Location: Honolulu, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $127,864

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 2017 Award: $259,057

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: 08/01/17 - 07/31/20
  • FY 2017 Award: $250,608

California

Grantee: Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
Project Description: The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is creating an e-learning platform to increase the fluency of Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo tribal languages among its 1,300 citizens to preserve and protect language and cultural identity. Activities include a language assessment of both tribal languages (Year 1), development of an e-learning platform (Year 2), and community outreach to have 40 tribal citizens complete 4 introduction language sessions via the e-learning platform (Year 3).

  • Location: Rohnert Park, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $101,817

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: 08/01/17 - 07/31/20
  • FY 2017 Award: $280,446

Grantee: Hoopa Valley Tribal Council
Project Description: The project's goal is to cultivate proficient Hupa speakers and maintain school readiness by transforming all three Hoopa Valley Tribal Education Department early childhood education programs serving children birth to 6 years old into language immersion nests. To do this, the project plans to train Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers in ASLA; design a language curriculum and supplementary materials; and create language nests in every Tribal early childhood education program. This project seeks to serve at least 100 children ranging in age from birth to six, 50 ECE Educators, and 15 Program Parents residing on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in northern California.

  • Location: Hoopa, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2017
  • FY 2017 Award: $437,847.24

Grantee: Quechan Indian Tribe
Project Description: The purpose of the project is to enhance language classes by offering professional development to existing and new instructors through the use of technology. A few elders are hesitant to teach the language through technology, as they are used to traditional teaching methods (oral speaking); the professional development program encourages elders to utilize technology for teaching purposes.

  • Location: Winterhaven, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2017
  • FY 2017 Award: $164,525

Grantee: Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation a/k/a Smith River Rancheria
Project Description: The project's goal is to increase the number of Dee-ni' speakers. To achieve the project's goal, the applicant plans to expand and enhance access to language resources by developing and launching a Wee-ya'-dvn (Language Place) - an operational interactive website, which will house a variety of digital language resources; and by increasing opportunities to use language and practice culture in safe and nurturing settings, fostering the growth of intergenerational speech communities and producing a Dee-ni'-dvn (People's Place) – a physical location to house resources and community-based opportunities, and implementing a home-based language program.

  • Location: Smith River, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2014 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $403,493

Montana

Grantee: Stone Child College
Project Description: The Cree Language Preservation Project will increase Cree fluency and improve the cultural understanding and connection by designing and launching a Chippewa Cree culture camp for families on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in Montana. This will strengthen the Tribe’s capacity to revitalize the Cree language, increase the number of fluent teachers and community members, as well as improve language vitality throughout the community.

  • Location: Box Elder, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Native Language Preservation & Maintenance (P&M)
  • Project Period: 8/1/2015 - 7/31/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $298,167

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 2017 Award: $280,446

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 amongst 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 2017 Award: $299,964

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 - 7/31/2019
  • FY 2017 Award: $174,550

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: 08/01/17 - 07/31/20
  • FY 2017 Award: $123,016
Last Reviewed: December 29, 2017