Native American languages

The Need for Audio Description in Indigenous Languages

In a world of digitized media and language tools, ancestral languages are often left behind.

$7 million in grants allocated to Native American languages

Earlier this week, 45 Native American tribes and tribal organizations received $7 million in funding for Indigenous language preservation efforts.

How digitization helps preserve languages

With a significant round of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities going toward Native American language digitization projects earlier this year, along with several other recent projects to digitize indigenous languages across the world, it’s worth exploring how these projects can aid in language revitalization.

First Nations provides grants for Native American language revitalization projects

The First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) has awarded another round of grants as part of its Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). The grants, which range in size from $45,000 to $75,000, will promote immersion programs for six Native American languages.

New Mexico introduces bill to increase pay for Native American language instructors

House Bill (HB) 60 would essentially allow fluent speakers of Native American languages the opportunity to receive a teacher’s salary without needing a teaching credential.

Language researchers, digital archivists receive grants from NEH

Earlier this month, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced that it would be doling out $27.4 million in grants for more than 200 humanities projects throughout the nation — including a project that could be pivotal for preservation of the Cherokee language.

Native American tribes gather to kickstart International Decade of Indigenous Languages

Navajo, the most widely spoken indigenous language within US territory, is spoken by less than 200,000 people. In the coming decade, the UN plans to provide indigenous peoples with the support needed to preserve and revitalize their native languages.

Language Revitalization Efforts Get Boost from Infrastructure Bill

In a meeting with President Joe Biden, the principal chief of Oklahoma’s Cherokee Nation Chuck Hoskin Jr. said that he believes the current administration’s...

Native American Languages Supported in two Senate Acts

The United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has passed two bipartisan acts geared to strengthen revitalization projects for Native American languages, S.989 and...