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Pamunkey of Virginia Petition for Federal Recognition

As we all know, the words we use define us as much as we use them to define the world around us. The issue of language retention among American Indian Tribes is a hot one for good reason.  How much … Continue reading

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New Miss Navajo Nation Recognizes the Importance of Language Preservation

Winifred Bessie Jumbo of Two Grey Hills, N.M. was recently crowned Miss Navajo Nation at the Navajo Nation Fair held earlier this month. She recently graduated from Brown University and majored in ethnic studies and anthropology. As Miss Navajo Nation, … Continue reading

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Navajo and Rosetta Stone

By now, you have most likely heard that Rosetta Stone has released it’s Navajo language software. This is a major accomplishment that will certainly help promote Navajo language revitalization efforts. Although Navajo is the most widely spoken Native language in … Continue reading

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Lakota Summer Language Institute and the Lakota Language Consortium

From June 7-25, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe sponsored their Annual Lakota Language Summer Institute.  This is the fourth year the Institute has been held.  Sixty adult participants from across the Great Plains attended the Institute, many of whom teach … Continue reading

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The Relationship between Language and Culture

It’s a question that’s been pondered for millennia: does language influence culture?  Or is language just a way we express ourselves and our culture?  Put differently, does the specific language that we learn from birth affect how we see the … Continue reading

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Cayuga Language Receives Revitalization Support from Canadian Government

The Cayuga language is spoken at the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Ontario, Canada.  Prior to European contact, the Cayuga people lived in present-day New York State on Lake Cayuga.  Many moved to Ontario once the American … Continue reading

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The Language of Language

We have great power in choosing the words we use to communicate.  How we say what we say affects how we and others feel about what we are talking about.  Sometimes, this is obvious—if I tell you I bought you … Continue reading

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Ojibwe Taught in Public Schools

A recent article written by Linda Grover for Budgeteer News describes how Ojibwe Language and Culture are taught in Duluth, MN public high schools. The curriculum is growing, with Ojibwe culture and history classes being added this year.  Both Native … Continue reading

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