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How Should We View Missionary Work?

The Vatican announced earlier this month that Bishop Frederic Baraga, best known for his missionary work among the Anishinaabeg in the early-to-mid-1800′s, is venerable. Unless you’re a Catholic, you probably don’t know what it means to be officially “venerable.” Not … Continue reading

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ATMs in Hawaii Learn to Say “Aloha Mai”

Back in December we blogged about a project called Ike Kū‘oko‘a which aims to transcribe 60,000 pages of digital Hawaiian language newspaper text into searchable typescript. Some of the newspapers date back as far as 1834, and project organizers see … Continue reading

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Want to be Inspired? Check out the New Chickasaw Language Website!

Earlier this week we got an exciting email from one of our Spoken First readers. She wanted to tip us off about a Chickasaw Language Channel that is now live on the website Chickasaw.tv. I had never heard of Chickasaw.tv … Continue reading

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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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New Book Highlights Relationship between Place and Alaska Native Languages

Earlier this month, Sea Alaska Heritage published a book that was 20 years in the making—and according to reviewers, it was worth the wait. Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land is a compilation of nearly … Continue reading

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Colorado Makes Teaching Native Languages in Schools Easier

Back in February we told readers about a bill working its way through the Colorado General Assembly that would make it easier for schools to secure instructors for Native American language classes. The bill was designed to address a problem … 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’s 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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Test Alienates Native Students

With many school systems struggling financially, federal funding for things like literacy support and cultural sensitivity training is a good thing. But what if schools are singling out Native American students and testing their English proficiency skills to demonstrate that … Continue reading

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