Endangered Languages Program at the library of congress
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Washington D.C.:  Within the next 5 years, more than 50% of Native America's spoken languages could lose their last fluent speakers. To ensure that their languages survive, tribes are making concerted efforts to train new, fluent speakers.

In June, The Library of Congress featured a new event in its Endangered Languages Program, "Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film."  drew an enthusiastic crowd who enjoyed the films (and excerpts) from:

A new short about longtime advisors at the Euchee (Yuchi) Language Project in Sapulpa, Oklahoma
Conversational Sauk - Sauk Dictionary and Phrase Book
KīMĀCHIPENA: Let's Come Together
About the Sauk Language Department in Stroud, Oklahoma, and their efforts to establish preschool language immersion classrooms for the Sac and Fox Nation.

First Speakers: Revitalizing the Ojibwe Language  About the Nigaane Ojibwe language immersion program at the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig Bureau of Indian Affairs school in Bena, Minnesota, and the Ojibwe language charter school Wadookadaading, in Hayward, WI.

The Young Ancestors
 Follows Tewa students in Santa Fe, NM. who face the challenges of a rigorous college prep high school and the Tewa self-Study Curriculum.


Other events during "Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film" included
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Panel discussions with Native language apprentices, teachers, and film producers from a tribal communities across the U.S.

Experts from the Library of Congress shared holdings related to Native American languages. Among them were manuscripts, grammars, and historic and contemporary photos.


The conference was held the day before the National Native Language Revitalization Summit on Capitol Hill. Their participation included:

Morning Star Institute National Day of Prayer (Photo courtesy of T. Carter)1. Joining the Morning Star Institute to honor of the National Day of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Sites

2. Calling and visit 25% of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee membership to raise awareness about the critically endangered status of Native American languages.

3. Urging legislators and staffers--some unfamiliar with the history of Indian boarding schools and the status of Native languages--to protect vital Native American language funding from the Administration for Native Americans.

4 Continuing to work closely with

Local language educators Experts and leaders at the National Congress of American Indians
The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) who is currently rewriting the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Colin Kippen, executive director at the NIEA urges language advocates to:
1.Reach out to congressional delegations in support of Native American language education.
2. In particular, contact the local home office of your representatives in Congress. 
3. Have a constituent group request a morning meeting (over coffee) with home office legislator and staffers.
4. Build a strong relationship of year-round support of Native American languages and language education programs.