[RNLD] Indigenous language programs in prisons

Ruth Rouvier rrouvier at berkeley.edu
Thu Mar 19 11:58:37 EDT 2020

The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival used to have a
program supporting language in prisons.

Also, when I was working for a tribal language program I received a number
of requests for language materials (dictionaries, grammars, and recordings)
from people who were incarcerated and were studying independently.


On Thu, Mar 19, 2020, 02:40 Julia Sallabank <js72 at soas.ac.uk> wrote:

> Apparently heritage language learning has been popular among Irish and
> Kurdish prisoners.
> Best wishes
> Julia
> On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 at 05:19, John Mansfield <jbmansfield at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I am interested if any indigenous language programs in prisons have been
>> documented?
>> I.e. programs that address prisoners who speak indigenous languages and
>> allow them to undertake educational or other prison activities using their
>> languages. These could involve language revitalisation or fluent speakers.
>> I'm in Australia myself, but I'd also be interested in indigenous languages
>> in other countries.
>> I have heard anecdotally about a couple such programs, but I don't know
>> if any have been written about. I have recently been involved in trialling
>> such a program in Darwin prison, so I'm interested in what has been done
>> elsewhere.
>> https://arts.unimelb.edu.au/research-unit-for-indigenous-language/research/current-research-projects#darwin-prison-indigenous-languages-program
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