The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe has been awarded $483,744 three-year ANA language grant. It was chosen from a pool of 387 applicants, and part of the awarded funding will be used to train an apprentice to become a tribal and state certified Klallam teacher.
There is currently one tribal and state certified Klallam language teacher at Port Angeles High School, Jamie Valadez. The course has very successful and popular, and it is open to all students at the school. The curriculum for the course was developed through previous ANA grants.
Program Manager and Klallam language teacher Jamie Valadez said, “The goal of this grant will be to strengthen and broaden our community of Klallam language speakers by transcribing recorded stories; developing lessons from these stories, and training a middle school Klallam language teacher. This grant will also create job opportunities for tribal artists, as the stories will be illustrated and published.”
To read more, please visit Indian Country Today’s article on the grant.