A section for scholarly works

• “Why Language Matters: Meeting Millennium Development Goals through Local Languages” (pdf link here)


• “How To Teach When the Teacher Isn’t Fluent” – Leanne Hinton 2003 (pdf link here)

-Submitted by Liz Sumida Huaman (Wanka/Quechua) ‘98


• “Voice and Biliteracy in Indigenous Language Revitalization” – Nancy Hornberger (pdf link here)
Discusses the application of biliterary education methods and concerns, specifically of Maori (New Zealand) and Quechua (Peru).
-Submitted by Jeremiah Watchman (Diné) ’11



• Talking Alaska Blog!

This site is a good current source for issues related to Alaska Native Languages. The contributors are a mix of University of Alaska Fairbanks linguists, scholars, and Alaska Native language advocates.

Welcome to Talking Alaska! This blog covers topics related to Alaska Native languages, including language documentation, language revitalization, language activism, and language endangerment. We may touch on other related topics as well. Guest authors are welcome; contact the admin if you would like to contribute.”


– Submitted by Dewey KkoL’oh Hoffman (Tleyeegg’e Hut’anaa/Koyukon Athabascan) ‘08



Hey All,

My friend Trina Miisaq Landlord who is Yup’ik from Mountain Village did this program in 2005 and loved it. She got to network with other indigenous social advocates on justice and human rights issues as they relate to indigenous people around the world both at the New York arm of the UN, but based primarily out of the European UN headquarters in Geneva, CH.

The fellowship is offered through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and provides funding for housing, a living stipend and travel.

Think about applying at some point or pass along this information to others who might be interested in applying.

We need strong indigenous people to advocate for the passage of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and it would seem that creating change from inside an organization is a powerful way to make an impact, even if this fellowship only lasts for 6 months. See link for application criteria and deadlines.


– Submitted by Dewey KkoL’oh Hoffman (Tleyeegg’e Hut’anaa/Koyukon Athabascan) ‘08


• Indigenous Languages and Technology List Serve – Good source of current events related to Native language issues in the US and Globally.

Indigenous Languages and Technology (ILAT) discussion list is an open forum for community language specialists, linguists, scholars, and students to discuss issues relating to the uses of technology in language revitalization efforts.

To join, go to:

– Submitted by Dewey KkoL’oh Hoffman (Tleyeegg’e Hut’anaa/Koyukon Athabascan) ‘08


• Darrell Kipp, Blackfoot Language Educator

Another GREAT source, from Darrel Kipp, Blackfoot language educator based in Browning, MT.  Also includes the link to his think tank, piegan institute.

Education, for Native Americans, is a journey to lead us away from who we really are. It’s no wonder that none of us who had a college education knew our language. In order to get through the educational system, to get through college and be recognized for our work, we had to leave many things behind. Language relearning is a journey back home. When we lose the ability to define ourselves, then other people can define us. The priest defines the percentage of us who go to mass as Christians. The social worker or the statistician tells us that eight or nine of us in a group of ten are alcoholics. We are told that four or five are this, eight or nine are that. We take what other people tell us. In a single room, we can get 15 different definitions of us.

– Submitted by Dewey KkoL’oh Hoffman (Tleyeegg’e Hut’anaa/Koyukon Athabascan) ‘08



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