Native Village Youth and Education News

May 1, 2009 Issue 198
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The Indigenous Language Institute Wins National Verizon Tech Savvy Award
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Orlando, Fla: The Indigenous Language Institute is the national winner of Verizon's "Tech Savvy Awards" for it's workshop, Ancient Voices, Modern Tools: Native Languages and Technology. The program helps families, schools and teachers use technology to create print and audio books that teach Native American languages at school and home. ILI will receive a 25,000 grant to continue and to expand its program.

"Indian Country has never shied away from using new tools, and the Indigenous Languages Institute regards the incorporation of modern technology and related training as essential and natural in our work to help bring our heritage languages from the brink of extinction," said Gerald Hill, ILI President and a member of the Oneida tribe of Wisconsin. "We have found that joining intergenerational experiences and using the symbiosis of old knowledge and new tools are working."

The Indigenous Language Institute is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and serves 2,000 Native Americans annually.

The Verizon Tech Savvy Awards provide an incentive for grassroots, community-based nonprofit organizations and schools to create programs that demystify technology for parents. This enables them to better guide their children in the use of new media.

Details of all programs honored with Verizon Tech Savvy Awards will be added to the Verizon's Thinkfinity.org Web site. They will serve as educational resources that highlight best practices and approaches for technology literacy.
Indigenous Language Institute: http://www.indigenous-language.org/

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