Sunday, 17 January 2010

American Indian Education & Teaching Indigenous Languages

RT @Northern_Clips: Found on Dr Jon Allan Reyhner's site report - #Inuktitut & #Yup'ik Family of Languages Dwnld PDF #Inuit

Meeting of the Inuktitut and Yup'ik Family of Languages
May 12, 2000
Guy Delorme (facilitator), Jacques Raymond (author of the report)
Jacques Raymond is a Translator and Interpreter Trainer at Kativk School
Board, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Attached file called
ILAC_27.pdf 114K

American Indian Education

RT @Northern_Clips: American Indian Education


This web site is designed to provide information, including links to related web sites, on the history and current thinking about American Indian education. It includes information on how American Indian students were taught English and on bilingual/bicultural education. In addition, there is material on teaching reading, math/science, curriculum development, and American Indian dropouts. Links are also provided to information on community-controlled schools, gifted and talented education, learning styles, and Indian children's books. This web site is maintained by Jon Reyhner.

Some important resources are linked below:

Research Reviews: Powerpoint Presentations:

Teaching Indigenous Languages

RT @Northern_Clips: Teaching #Indigenous #Languages


The National Geographic Society's Enduring Voices Project notes:

Every 14 days a language dies. By 2100, more than half of the more than 7,000 languages spoken on Earth--many of them not yet recorded--may disappear, taking with them a wealth of knowledge about history, culture, the natural environment, and the human brain.

This National Geographic Society Project identified five language "hot spots" around the world where Native Indigenous languages are most rapidly being lost, two of which are in the United States of America. The Native American Languages Act of 1990 makes it U.S. Government policy to promote, protect, and preserve the Indigenous languages of the U.S.A. This "Teaching Indigenous Languages" web site is an outgrowth of a series of annual conferences started in 1994 at Northern Arizona University to help achieve the goals of the Native American Languages Act. The conferences focus on the linguistic, educational, social, and political issues related to the survival of the endangered Indigenous languages of the world. The 16th Annual Symposium was held from April 30 to May 2, 2009 at Arizona State University. The 17th Symposium is scheduled to be at the University of Oregon on June 17-20, 2010. To receive conference updates and related information join the Indigenous-L List.

At the heart of this site are over a hundred full text papers from the 1994 through 2008 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages conferences as well as the 2000 Learn in Beauty conference and the 1989 Native American Language Issues Institute published in eight books. This site also has 55 columns from the magazine of the National Association for Bilingual Education, articles, and other materials. There is a subject index, a language/tribe index, and links to related sites, including an American Indian Education site. Please direct comments or questions about this site to Jon Reyhner at

On September 13, 2007 the United Nations adopted a Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes language rights. Only Canada, New Zealand, and the United States of America have not ratified this declaration in which Article 13-1 reads "Indigenous peoples have the right to revitalize, use, develop and transmit to future generations their histories, languages, oral traditions, philosophies, writing systems and literatures, and to designate and retain their own names for communities, places and persons" and Article 14-1 reads "Indigenous peoples have the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions providing education in their own languages, in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning." The United Nations General Assembly declared 2008 as the International Year of Languages and February 21, 2009 was the United Nation's annual International Mother Language Day.

Hopi Teens Worry About Loss of Culture National Public Radio 12/29/2009
North Carolina Cherokee Take Steps to Preserve Language
2009 National Native Language Revitalization Summit
Native Now: Language PBS "We Shall Remain" Site with articles & video clips
Only Families Can Halt the Breakdown of Native Culture Anchorage Daily News
Kipp's Trip Ed. Magazine article about the co-founder of the Blackfeet immersion school


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