This morning when I was looking over Indian Country Today, I came across the following article about a free language and culture preservation conference being hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center June 5-7, 2012. Registration is still open, so sign up and head on down!Indian Country Today By ICTMN Staff May 24, 2012
Want to learn how to form a nonprofit tribal language institute or how to preserve culture and language? Or maybe your interest lies in cross-cultural communication. Attendees of the 4th Annual Summer Conference from June 5-7 can take courses in all three if they choose.
Learn “How to Form and Grow a Nonprofit Tribal Language Institute” with Claudette Robertson, Muscogee Creek Nation. During the four-hour workshop participants will draft a 501(c)(3) application to establish a nonprofit and will look at community involvement, offering language classes and events to develop interest in the program.
“This workshop will be a hands-on experience,” says the online course description. “Be prepared to actively participate in developing your project in the classroom.”
“The Blood of our Ancestors is Getting Thinner: A Lakota Perspective” will use Native American psychology concepts to illustrate how to preserve culture and language. This class will be taught by Bryant High Horse, of the Rosebud Lakota Tribe.
“It is a powerful workshop that will make one also think about their own traditions and how preserving and practicing them fits into their daily lives,” says the online description.
“I Ain’t Got No Accent! An Introduction to the Awareness of Cross Cultural Communication and Relationship Building,” a class taught by Mark Ford, who is of Chiricahua Apache and Spanish descent, will demonstrate the dynamics and issues that arise from interactions between cultures and how to overcome cultural misunderstandings.
The conference, hosted by the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center, will be held June 5-7 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. For more information, to register and to view a full list of courses visit NativeLearningCenter.com.