Entries from News Archive 2008 tagged with 'languages'

Alaska accused of failing to provide Yup'ik voter help

The Native American Rights Fund and the American Civil Liberties Union say the state of Alaska has failed to live up to a court order to provide assistance to Yup'ik speaking voters. The state agreed to make changes to its...

English-only legislation resurfaces in Oklahoma

A group of lawmakers reintroduced a bill to make English the official language of Oklahoma. The bill affects the use of English by the state government. It contains exemptions for tribal governments but the Cherokee Nation and other tribes opposed...

Tim Giago: The revival of the Lakota language

A young Lakota man, maybe seventeen years old, approached me as I waited in line at a local fast food joint to get a cup of coffee. It was the week of the Lakota Nation Invitational Basketball Tournament that is...

Washington tribes work to preserve languages

Washington tribes are passing on their languages to a new generation. The Tulalip Tribes finance a program at a public school on the reservation to teach Lushootseed. Elementary students learn the language at a young age but classes are...

Ruthie Sampson, Inupiaq teacher, dies at 54

Ruthie Tatqavin Sampson, a well-known teacher of the Inupiaq language, died on Sunday. She was 54. As a teen, Sampson began translating Bible verses into Inupiaq. She dedicated the rest of her life to ensuring the language stays alive....

Wisconsin tribes work to keep languages alive

Wisconsin tribes are working to preserve their languages in hopes of keeping them alive for future generations. Fewer than 20 fluent Menominee speakers live on the Menominee Nation. So the tribe started classes for older tribal members and helped...

College football game to be broadcast in Navajo

This Saturday's Louisiana State University football game will be broadcast in the Navajo language, a first in major college football. LSU Chancellor Michael Martin invited Cuyler Frank and Leandro Jodie to call the game for two radio stations in New...

Conference focuses on keeping languages alive

Tribal leaders and educators are meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, this week to discuss ways to preserve the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota languages. The three related languages are found in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and parts of...

Honor for late Tewa linguist Esther Martinez

The state of New Mexico unveiled a roadside marker to Esther Martinez, the Tewa linguist and storyteller who was killed in September 2006. Martinez taught the Tewa language to generations of children in Ohkay Owingeh, where she lived. Her...

Editorial: Kudos for Navajo language school book

"The recent celebration of a Navajo language textbook is a reassuring sign that an effort is being made to help bring our American Indian culture back to life. In the presence of Gov. Bill Richardson, Farmington High School freshmen were...

Alaska halts Native voter language assistance

The state of Alaska has halted a Native voter language assistance program because it hasn't been approved by the federal government. The Division of Elections says it will still help Native voters at the polls next week. But other initiatives...

Danny Lopez, Tohono O'odham elder, dies at 71

Danny Lopez, a teacher, singer and storyteller from the Tohono O'odham Nation of Arizona, died on Tuesday. He was 71. Lopez spent his adult life passing on tribal culture to younger generations. He taught the Tohono O'odham language, songs...

Ho-Chunk Nation seeks to develop Indian teachers

The Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin is working with a local public school district to increase the number of Indian teachers. Forest Funmaker, the tribe's education director, hopes the program will increase the number of Ho-Chunk language teachers. A proposal...

Warm Springs woman serves key role on reservation

As one of the few fluent speakers of Sahaptin, Neda Wesley, a member of the Warm Springs Tribes of Oregon, serves a key role on the reservation. Wesley, 70, is the tribe's last "echo." She translates ceremonies into the...

New Mexico adopts Navajo language textbook

The state of New Mexico is the first in the nation to adopt a Navajo language textbook. Starting in the fall of 2009, students at 10 public school districts and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools will use the book "Dine...

Tribes rush to keep languages from dying out

Tribes in Arizona and Iowa are hoping their Native languages don't die out in the coming generations. Pai is spoken among the Yavapai, Hualapai, Havasupai in Arizona. Most young people don't know the language. "We're struggling to preserve the...

First Nation pulls children from school in Quebec

Most of the children in an Ojibwe-speaking community in northern Quebec have been removed from the government-run school because parents are worried they are being forced to speak English. The Algonquins of Barrière Lake speak Ojibwe at home almost exclusively....

Letter: Cherokee Nation chief's 'grandstanding'

"I read with humorous, yet serious, interest the articles in the Tulsa World on April 3 and May 29 regarding Cherokee Chief Chad Smith’s reaction and comments as to state Rep. Randy Terrill’s efforts to enact a law making “English-only”...

Cherokee chief criticizes English-only proposals

Cherokee Nation, Chief Chad Smith said he will continue to fight efforts to make English the official language in Oklahoma. Smith criticized state Rep. Randy Terrill, a Republican, for pushing the issue this year. He said the only goal was...

Oregon tribes working to preserve languages

Tribes in Oregon are trying to preserve their languages before they are lost forever. Only two people can speak Kiksht, the language of the Wasco Tribe, one of the Warm Springs Tribes. Radine "Deanie" Johnson is working with her...

Navajo woman named Indian Educator of the Year

Gloria Hale, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been named the 2008 New Mexico Indian Educator of the Year. Hale is the director of Indian Education for the Grants/Cibola County School District. She was recognized for her efforts to...

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