Category Archives: Methods in Focus

Language Fair Draws Over 650 Native Youth

Earlier this month, over 650 students in grades Pre-K through 12 participated in the 10th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair in Norman, Oklahoma. Students competed in categories such as spoken language, poetry, language with song, and poster art. … Continue reading

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Ojibwe Talking Dictionary Launched Today

Earlier today, the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota launched a ground-breaking website called the Ojibwe People‚Äôs Dictionary. The professors and students who created the site wanted to create a compelling, interactive experience that would make … Continue reading

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Audio Books Bring Cherokee Language to Students and Public

By Katherine M. Carroll, guest blogger The Cherokee Nation Foundation has created a reading center with audio books to help preserve the Cherokee Language. The center was created through a partnership with Cherokee Media Ltd. The Foundation hopes to eventually … Continue reading

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iPhone App Teaches Navajo

If you have an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and want to learn Navajo, there’s an app you should check out. Navajo Toddler works by displaying digital flash cards with cartoon images and corresponding written and spoken words in Navajo. … Continue reading

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Want to Learn the Dakotah Language?

If you’ve ever wanted to learn the Dakotah language but didn’t know where to start, the Association on American Indian Affairs has just the website for you. At AAIA’s Native Language Program website you’ll find a number of tools that … Continue reading

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Alutiiq Language Revitalization Efforts Stepped Up

With only 50 remaining fluent speakers of the Alutiiq language, most of whom are elderly, concern that the language could be lost forever has lit a fire under community members. Last year, in response to student demand, Kodiak High School, … Continue reading

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Handbooks Help Guide Language Revitalization Process for Tribes

Is your Tribe interested in language revitalization but doesn’t know where to begin? One helpful resource you can turn to is the Awakening Our Languages handbook series. Published by the Indigenous Language Institute, the series provides information on designing language … Continue reading

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Grant Writing 101 for Language Programs

On a language list serve I subscribe to, one member recently posted about her frustrations in securing grant money for her tribe’s language program. Her post seemed to strike a chord, and a number of people responded not just with … Continue reading

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