[lg policy] Indigenous Language Institute: Native Language News

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 20 20:49:52 UTC 2011

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Date: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 4:42 PM

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  *Indigenous Language Institute Symposium Series*
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*Native Languages Everywhere, Everyday for Everyone: *
*Immersion for All Environments*

*October 24-25, 2011*
*Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New Mexico*
* www.ilinative.org/iliss<http://e2ma.net/go/7206163449/208675758/224748896/28751/goto:http://www.ilinative.org/iliss>

*Featured ILISS 2011 Presenter*

My name is Kaweienón:ni (Margaret) Cook-Peters. I’m Snipe Clan, Onondaga
Nation of the Hotinonhson:ni. I am from the Mohawk Territory of Ahkwesahsne.
I am a first language speaker of the Mohawk language. I currently work for
the Ahkwesáhsne Mohawk Board of Education as Mohawk Language (Kanien’kéha)
Specialist. I have four beautiful children Tehata:se 28, Kawennahen:te 24,
Teioswathe 23, Nihahsenna:a 21. The three younger children are fluent
speakers and are all immersion teachers at the Ahkwesahne Freedom School
where I began my career in language teaching and curriculum development. I
also have 6 beautiful grandchildren. The two oldest ages 7 and 4 are first
language speakers of the Mohawk Language. AFS is a full immersion school
whose focus is on getting children to attain a high level of fluency and to
instill their identity as Hotinonhsón:ni (People of Longhouse). My children
are part of a small portion of our youth from within our confederacy who
still speak their language. My husband Theodore is also an immersion teacher
and a radio DJ and has his own weekly language show broadcast entirely in
the Mohawk  Language. My involvement with language advocacy includes being a
member of the First Nations Sweetgrass Language Committee Inc. as First
Speaker and I sat as a commissioner when the Anishinaabek Muskegowuk
Onkwehon:we Language Council of Oniatarí:io (AMO) first formed. I am a
certified teacher and I’ve also obtained my certification as a First Nations
Principal through Queen’s University and I am a teacher for the Queen’s ATEP
teaching immersion teaching strategies. I have taught language at all levels
from Pre-school to University and at the community level.

I will be presenting at ILI's Symposium in October. One of the topics will

*Immersion in the Home...The Best Foundation*

To hear your grandchild's first word is the most precious thing in the world
and my grandson said "Tóta" when he was 10 months old. Tóta is the term used
for either grandparent in the Mohawk Language. As a family we made a
conscious effort to speak only the Mohawk language to him. It was amazing to
hear him begin to formulate his gibberish, his words, and his phrases until
we could converse with him entirely in the language. It wasn't easy in a
mostly English environment, competing with the television, radio, other
children who didn't speak the language and family members who in spite of
being fluent, wouldn't speak the language to him. He is 7 years old and is
bilingual in both Mohawk and English with Mohawk being his first language.
His name is Rarennenhá:wi which means “he carries a song”.


 Note Regular Registration ends *September 25, 2011*. So get your
registration in before next week to get the Regular Registration rate. After
that time Late Registration kicks in at $225. Save some money and register

Regular Registration is August 26 through September 25, 2011, $200

Elder Registration (65+), $150
Student Registration (must provide school I.D.), $150

For Online Registration go to:

To Download PDF registration form:

For more information go to:


Reserve your lodging at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Hotel, Albuquerque, New
Mexico before October 3, 2011 to get the conference rate of $99
(single/double occupancy/per night).

Call 1-800-233-1234 and use "*Indigenous Language Institute*" or "*ILIS*"
code. Or book online at
in the corporate/group # enter this code *G-ILIS*.

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

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