In Our Own Words: Sustaining Native American Languages
At the time America was colonized, more than 300 native languages were spoken. Today, that number has dropped to approximately 160; the remaining languages are classified by linguistic experts as deteriorating or nearing extinction. ANA language preservation and maintenance projects enable Native American, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander communities to assess, plan, develop, and implement projects to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of native languages. The purpose of ANA's Esther Martinez Initiative (EMI) funding area is to provide three-year project awards to language survival schools, language nests, and language restoration programs utilizing immersion techniques to promote language proficiency and fluency.
In 2011, ANA visited 15 projects that assisted grantees in sustaining and revitalizing their languages. These projects fell within two funding areas: language preservation and maintenance (nine projects), and Esther Martinez Initiative (six projects). In 2010, ANA visited 18 projects that assisted grantees in developing viable plans for sustaining their languages. ANA evaluated six other language projects ending in 2010 that included training language teachers, creating master-apprentice programs, developing and digitizing language materials, and creating native language curriculum.
The goal of this webinar is to provide examples of ANA language grantee success stories.
Define and describe the ANA preservation and maintenance of Native American languages.
Discuss successful community-based stories designed to promote the preservation and maintenance of Native American languages.
Summarize the successful elements of language preservation and maintenance.
This webinar is free to anyone interested in the ANA's successful language grants. The Western Region Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center is sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, ANA.
Tom Dannan, ANA Impact Evaluator
Piti Group of San Diego, Project Director, Randy Comacho, firstname.lastname@example.org
Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, Language Director, Amanda Bremner Porter, email@example.com
Salish School of Spokane, Principal, Christopher Parkin, firstname.lastname@example.org
Date, Time, and Internet Connection
June 13, 2013, during the following times:
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Hawaii-Aleutian standard time
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Alaska daylight time
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific daylight/Mountain standard time
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mountain daylight time
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central daylight time
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern daylight time
To register for this event, please visit http://www.regonline.com/anajunewebinar and complete your registration details.
For More Information
Questions can be directed to Maria Griffin, Technical Assistance Manager, Western Region TTA Center via email at email@example.com
or by phone at (509) 789-2664.