Author Archives: Basla Andolsun

Members of Your Community May be Eligible for Language Assistance at the Polls November 6!

Are you planning on voting this year? American Indians have among the lowest voting rates of all ethnic groups in the US, and it’s no accident that this in the case. American Indians were the last group, behind African Americans and … Continue reading

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Would You Like a Career Promoting Alaska’s Indigenous Languages?

Do you have a passion for Alaska’s indigenous languages? Do you want to be part of a team charged with finding a way to promote the vitality of Native Languages across the state? If so, the job listed below may … Continue reading

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Pen Pals Help Make Language Learning Fun

When you were a kid, did you have a pen pal? Many of us have fond memories of writing letters back and forth with a cherished friend from another town, state, or country. Exchanging letters with a long-distance friend can … Continue reading

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Google Launches Endangered Language Project Website

Yesterday Google, in conjunction with a committee of language experts called the Alliance for Linguistic Development, launced the Google Endangered Language Project website. The site’s home page describes itself as “an online resource to record, access, and share samples of, … Continue reading

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Learn Potawatomi at Summer Camp!

If you’ve been wanting to learn to speak Potawatomi, you can get off to a great start this summer by attending a language immersion summer camp sponsored by the Hannahville Indian Community’s Department of Culture, Language and History. This will … Continue reading

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Want to Win $250,000 in Fundng for Your Tribe’s Language Program?

One of Spoken First’s readers wrote us recently with a question about funding for a language grants opportunity we had blogged about last year. To answer his question, I checked out the funder’s website and discovered that the grants are … Continue reading

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Alaska Governor Signs Native Language Bill into Law

A couple of months ago we blogged about a bill making its way through the Alaska state legislature that sought to support Alaska Native language revitalization efforts. Earlier this week, Governor Sean Parnell signed that bill into law, stating in a … Continue reading

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Register for a Free Language and Culture Preservation Conference June 5-7!

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 … Continue reading

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