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Lakota Language News

Omaha-Ponca Language News

Omaha Tribe in Nebraska to Boost Native Language Revitalization with Support from Kellogg Foundation, The Language Conservancy

Facing eminent extinction with only an estimated 12 fluent speakers, the native language of the Omaha tribe will be the focus of a revitalization effort centered within the tribe's public schools.
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Omaha Tribe Sees Cause for Hope in Effort to Preserve Fading Language

Dwight Howe motioned to a group of photographs on the wall — black-and-white portraits of Native Americans in traditional clothing. The kind of image you might see in a history book.
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Language Conservancy: Glenna Slater

When a language dies, its culture suffers a tragic loss. The indigenous Omaha people—the Umoⁿhoⁿ—are thus in a precarious position.
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Omaha Nation Language Event Draws Big Crowd

With only a handful of fluent native speakers left, representatives of the Omaha Nation said they hope the inaugural Omaha-Ponca Language Institute will be a turning point in efforts to revitalize the language.
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Nebraska Tribe Looks to Language in Preserving Culture

Members of the Omaha Tribe are fighting to keep their language alive. To the tribe's elders, it's not just about preserving the language; it also has to do with protecting the tribe's culture for younger generations.
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Dying Omaha Native Language Sees Hope for Preservation

Omaha Tribe leaders and language instructors are gaining optimism after worrying about the uncertain future of their native language.
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Acoma-Keres Language News

New Mexico Pueblo Attempts to Save Language From Extinction

With fewer than 100 speakers remaining, the Acoma Keres language is on the verge of extinction. Few young people under the age of 40 have learned the language.
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Acoma Pueblo Launches Project to Save Language

Nearly two dozen of the approximately 100 last remaining speakers of the Acoma Keres language have answered the call for a new project designed to restore the language for generations to come.
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Pueblo Elders Fighting to Preserve Their Native Language

A group of about 40 elders on the Acoma Pueblo are working with linguists at The Language Conservancy to record their native language, "keres."
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Crow Language News

Linguistics Faculty, Students Help Preserve Native American Languages

Several Fresno State linguistics faculty members and students have returned from doing fieldwork this summer with The Language Conservancy, a national organization that works to preserve indigenous languages.
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Trained to Teach: Seminar Designed to Help Educators Bring the Crow Language to a New Generation

Twenty-nine local-area educators were updated on new teaching methods in regards to the Crow language during a two-week seminar, called the Crow Summer Institute, held at Little Big Horn College June 22 through July 3.
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Crow Women Gather to Practice Language, Saying "Our Language is Our Identity"

There is no word for “goodbye” in the Crow language. Rather, in Apsalooke, it’s “shia-nuk" (see you later). Goodbye has a finality to it, so Crow people avoid using it.
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Teaching, Not Preaching: Crow Language Instructors Learn Teaching Methods

There’s a big difference between being able to speak the Crow language and being able to teach it. But, for a language used by a dwindling number of people in the roughly 13,000 member tribe, there aren’t many teaching resources.
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Biiluukaalilaah (Speak Crow)

For many people, the difficulty of speaking a language may be far more disparate than its teaching. In communities troubled with limited resources and Native languages classified as “threatened” or “endangered,” the Language Conservancy offers assistance.
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Crow Immersion Camp Hopes to Revive a Threatened Native American Language

Many Native American languages have only a few speakers left. But there's been a push to help keep the Crow language alive. Those efforts are now beginning to pay off. It's no longer just the language of the tribe's elders.
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Other News

Bloomington Organization Fights to Save Native American Languages

When a language disappears, so does the culture of its people. Many Native American tribes face the troubling prospect of losing every song, story, value and piece of history once the few remaining speakers of their languages die.
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"Revenant" Dialogue Vetted by IU Linguists

More characters in "The Revenant" speak in Arikara than there are even semi-fluent speakers of the native language in the United States.
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"The Revenant" Helps Rescue an Endangered Language

"The Revenant" is the first Academy Award-winning film to feature an endangered language on the big screen. Read about the positive impacts the film has had on the Arikara community.
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