fbpx
 

Forty five tribal communities will work towards bolstering their Native languages, thanks to a  $7 million boon from the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development announced today by Assistant Interior Secretary Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community).

The Living Languages Grant Program provides tribes and tribal organizations with funding to document and revitalize their Native languages.

For more than 150 years, federal Indian boarding schools operated in the US with an objective of eliminating Native languages, contributing to a loss of fluent speakers today.

Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning.

“Native language preservation has for many years been cited by Indigenous leaders as important to their self-preservation, self-determination and sovereignty,’ Newland said in a press release. “Native preservation and language revitalization is a critical priority because languages go to the heart of a tribe’s unique cultural identities, traditions, spiritual beliefs and self-governance.”

Grant proposals were rated on the extent to which funding would document, preserve or revitalize a Native language; the degree to which the language addressed by a proposal risks extinction; the likelihood that the instruction to be funded would revitalize the language by preventing intergenerational disruption; and the number of students or percentage of Tribal members the proposal would benefit.

The competitive grant process ranked applicants based on: the extent to which funding would document, preserve or revitalize a Native language; the degree to which the language addressed by a proposal risks extinction; the likelihood that the instruction to be funded would revitalize the language by preventing intergenerational disruption; and the number of students or percentage of tribal members the proposal would benefit.

The grantees and funding amounts are:

  • Artic Slope Community Foundation, Inc.: $172,026
  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa: $86,241
  • Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska: $200,000
  • Chickaloon Native Village: $166,300
  • Chickasaw Nation: $199,997
  • Chippewa Cree Tribe: $180,100
  • Comanche Nation: $192,121
  • Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians: $161,150
  • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation: $82,396
  • Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians: $59,290
  • Delaware Nation: $198,996
  • Diné College: $60,189
  • Forest County Potawatomi Community: $155,718
  • Fort Belknap Community Economic Development Corporation: $199,680
  • Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe: $121,299
  • Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria: $199,686
  • Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Inc.: $200,000
  • Lummi Nation: $200,000
  • Manzanita Band of Diegueno Mission Indians: $129,337
  • Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe: $199,901
  • Modoc Nation: $199,854
  • Mohegan Tribe of Indians CT: $85,064
  • Muscogee (Creek) Nation: $69,789
  • Nez Perce Tribe: $159,958
  • North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians of California: $192,371
  • Northern Arapaho Tribe: $169,649
  • Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation: $60,000
  • Omaha Tribe of Nebraska: $200,000
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians: $192,461
  • Puyallup Tribe of Indians: $139,931
  • Quapaw Nation: $72,000
  • Rosebud Economic Development Corporation: $168,793
  • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan: $193,998
  • San Carlos Apache Tribal Council: $184,344
  • Santee Sioux Nation: $157,956
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo (Kewa Pueblo): $123,795
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians: $106,554
  • Spirit Lake Tribe: $170,297
  • Tribal Government of Saint Paul Island: $172,328
  • Turtle Mountain Community College: $200,000
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe: $200,000
  • Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California: $138,230
  • Wichita and Affiliated Tribes: $198,364
  • Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska: $81,134
  • Wiyot Tribe: $198,704

 

 

More Stories Like This

Tara Sweeney Out; Mary Peltola In for Alaska's Special Congressional Election Ballot
Women of Indian Country Respond to the Overturning of Roe v. Wade
Native News Weekly (June 26, 2022): D.C. Briefs
Native Bidaské with Connie Johnson, Candidate in Oklahoma's Gubernatorial Primary
President Biden Signs New Gun Law Aimed to Keep Guns Away from Dangerous People

Do you appreciate a Native perspective on the news? 

For the past decade-plus, we’ve covered the important Indigenous stories that are often overlooked by other media. From the protests at Standing Rock and the toppling of colonizer statues during the racial equity protests, to the ongoing epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the past-due reckoning related to assimilation, cultural genocide and Indian Boarding Schools, we have been there to provide a Native perspective and elevate Native voices.

Our news is free for everyone to read, but it is not free to produce. That’s why we’re asking you to make a donation this month to help support our efforts. Any contribution — big or small — helps us remain a force for change in Indian Country and continue telling the stories that are so often ignored, erased or overlooked.  Most often, our donors make a one-time gift of $20 or more, while many choose to make a recurring monthly donation of $5 or $10.  Whatever you can do, it helps fund our Indigenous-led newsroom and our ability to cover Native news. 

Donate to Native News Online today and support independent Indigenous journalism. Thank you. 

About The Author
Native News Online Staff
Author: Native News Online StaffEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.