Fwd: Indigenous Language Institute: Native Language News

Julia Sallabank js72 at SOAS.AC.UK
Sat Aug 31 10:39:44 UTC 2013

Here is something much more positive about children/young people and
endangered languages.


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From: Indigenous Language Institute <ili at ilinative.org>
Date: 29 August 2013 22:41
Subject: Indigenous Language Institute: Native Language News
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       *4th Annual Indigenous Language Institute Symposium*
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*Motivating Youth & Children to Use Their Heritage Language

*October 21-22, 2013
*Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino*
*(Pueblo of Pojoaque) Santa Fe, New Mexico*


Dear Julia,

Regular Registration is now in effect and will end September 21, 2013. So
register today!

This is a two-day symposium on the topic of involving everyone (e.g.
language teachers, learners, language program administrators and staff,
language activists, parents, Native youth/young adults) on creative
activities and projects that motivate and engage young people in Native
language use. The presentations will be organized into 40-60 minute
presentations. There will be no concurrent sessions, allowing attendees to
participate in all sessions. There will be ample time and opportunity for

We encourage youth to participate in this event. This year we have a youth
registration category for ages 12 to 18. The registration fee is $100.
Thanks to *Lannan Foundation* for contribution towards *ILIS 2013
Scholarship Fund*. This Scholarship Fund will make it easier for youth and
other participants to sign up for this event. The Scholarship includes the
participant's registration fee for the two-day event, one banquet ticket
and a symposium t-shirt. Recipients are responsible for funding their own
travel, lodging and other costs related to this symposium. For scholarship
guidelines and information click
For a scholarship application click


*1. Gary “Litefoot” Davis,* Cherokee, President/CEO of the National Center
for American Indian Enterprise Development  (NCAIED)

*Keynote Address*
As the President & CEO of the National Center for American Indian
Enterprise Development he is dedicated to its mission to expand opportunity
for Tribes and American Indian businesses. For over 20 years, Mr. Davis has
established and led his own companies doing business with Tribal Nations.
These opportunities range from acquisitions, casino gaming, hospitality,
land development, green energy, construction and pharmaceutical
initiatives.  Mr. Davis regularly travels throughout North America
delivering his message of empowerment through emphasizing the importance of
self-sustainability, entrepreneurship, economic development and the
importance of culture and tradition. Mr. Davis believes that the
unification of Tribal Nations is the key to developing a better future for
Indian Country.

*2. George Ironstrack*, Citizen Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, Assistant Director
of the Myaamia Center at Miami University.

*“I hope I can become a counselor” – Empowering Myaamia Youth to Learn and
Teach their Language*
The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma began its community effort to revitalize our
heritage language in 1996. Over time, we have made slow but steady progress
in increasing the use and status of our language. Through a combination of
careful planning and organic growth we have inspired and empowered many our
youth to take on the responsibility of learning, speaking, and teaching our
heritage language. This presentation will highlight some of central
strategies that the Myaamia Center – the central developer of language
programming for the Miami Tribe – utilizes to increase language use among
our youth.

*3. Geneva Woomavoyah Navarro*, Comanche Nation and *Mary S. Linn,
Ph.D.,*Associate Curator, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural
History, University
of Oklahoma

*Motivating Language Learning through Performance:*
*The Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair*
This presentation will talk about the Oklahoma Native American Youth
Language Fair, a two-day event that convenes 600-900 pre-K through high
school students who are learning their languages. Performance gives
students a way to combine their own interests and their creativity, thus
they concentrate on expressing themselves through the language instead of
worrying about language particulars. The Fair allows students from all
learning backgrounds to participate at their comfort level, even youth from
Tribes with few speakers. Performance is a community activity. By coming
together in this way, it creates positive feelings and connections that
help students when learning gets tougher.

*4. Michael Navarrete, *Serrano language teacher at San Manuel Band of
Mission Indians and *Marcus Smith*, Linguistic Anthropologist, Serrano
Language Revitalization Project, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

*My Other Shirt’s in English: Creating a Serrano Renaissance*
Since its inception in 2006, the Serrano Language Revitalization Project
(SLRP) has pursued a resurgence in the use of the Serrano language on the
San Manuel Reservation and the surrounding community. Presenters will cover
a brief history of the project, its current work with Serrano elders and
archival documents, and how these collected sources helped create a
dictionary and textbook for eventual instruction in the classroom. We will
explore how these materials are used and adapted to reach out to students
both in and outside the classroom, touching on approaches to technology,
the creation of alternative media, and the renewal of tradition.

5. *Kawennehente Toni Cook* & her daughter *Iakokariio Clute* (Snipe Clan,
Onondaga Nation)
* *
*Getting Kids to Speak their Native Language*
The presentation will convey use of team teaching, role modeling and
various techniques to get students to speak the language in fun and
innovative ways. Using the Rassias combined with the Total Physical
Response methods and other personal techniques, I incite students to engage
in dialogue and other areas of speaking such as recitation, announcing and
introductions. The classroom environment reflects our Longhouse traditions
so that I do not just teach language and culture, but I teach our culture
in our language. The classroom walls are void of charts but contain
students’ work that I use to teach and reinforce language so that it is
more relevant to the students while they learn their language. We follow
protocol by doing, speaking and singing. We don't Learn about it. We do it.

6. *Marcella Ernest* (Anishinaabe), Director, Future Voices (Youth Film and
Photography Program)

*Native Youth and Language in Community Filmmaking *
* *This presentation will be a screening of short films produced by Native
youth from the United States and Canada that have been previously showcased
in the Future Voices Native Youth Film Festival held during the Santa Fe
Indian Market and at the National Museum of the American Indian. Future
Voices works with schools and educational organizations to provide film and
photography programming and support to teachers and educators. There will
be brief descriptions of the various production methods and the tribal
organizations we collaborate with. The films exemplify creative use of
Native language in community filmmaking to engage youth in expressing

7. *Gerald L. Hill* (Bear Clan, Oneida Nation of Wisconsin), President of
Indigenous Language Institute, and *Inée Slaughter*, Executive Director of
Indigenous Language Institute
* *
*How Do You Say… : ILI’s Learner-Driven Language Learning Guide *
We absorb knowledge well when we have the need, curiosity and desire to
know. This motivation is a critical part of a natural process in language
learning. *“How do you say…”* is a study guide providing a suggested
structure to self-motivated learners and mentor(s) model that complements
existing language efforts or as an alternative for those unable to access
classes and other community language resources. The material and approach
were tested in 2010 by five high school students and their mentor from
Tewa-speaking communities in New Mexico. The SAIL learning guide is
designed for use by schools, families and individuals.
* *



Regular Registration August 25 - September 21, 2013 $250
Late Registration September 22 - October 4, 2013 $275
College Student Registration (must provide current school I.D.) $175
Elder Registration (65+) $175
Youth Registration (12-18 years old) $100
On-Site Registration $275

To download *PDF* registration form click


For *Online* Registration click

To pay online through PayPal, fill out the registration form, check the box
at the bottom of the form and fax to (505) 820-0316 or email to
laura.benavidez at ilinative.org. Once the registration form has been received
you will be sent an invoice and link to pay by email from PayPal.


 The symposium will be held at the Buffalo Thunder Resort &
is located at 20 Buffalo Thunder Trail, (Pueblo of Pojoaque) Santa
Fe, New Mexico 87506, (505) 455-5555. Buffalo Thunder is just 15 minutes
north of Santa Fe. Room rate is $87/per night plus tax. Mention the "*ILI*"
code or “*Indigenous Language Institute*". Reservations must be made by
September 28, 2013 to guarantee this symposium rate.

For online reservations click
follow the prompts.


 Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino is located 80 miles north of the
Albuquerque Airport. Roadrunner Shuttle
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   Generous Sponsors for ILIS 2013:

 Lannan Foundation
National Indian Gaming Association
Seminole Tribe of Florida
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
 Joanie D. Nasher

                  1501 Cerrillos Road U-Building | Santa Fe, NM 87505 US

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