In honor of Native American Heritage Month, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has been sharing information about one of our newest efforts that is showing great promise — the Native Language Immersion Initiative. This initiative aims to build the capacity of and directly support language-immersion efforts in Native communities. Because Native cultures and languages are, collectively, key assets for all Native communities, First Nations has long supported perpetuation efforts.
This month and going through December 15, 2018, you have a special opportunity to make twice the difference in supporting this important work. The National Endowment for the Humanities has provided a generous matching grant to support even more of these initiatives. So, in honor of Native American Heritage Month, we’re asking good friends like you to help us maximize this opportunity by raising $50,000 for this special initiative before December 15. Your gift of $50 will become $100, $200 will become $400, and so on. Any amount will be doubled!
We hope that you will support it and help us meet our goal of $50,000 to expand this program. Programs like these are proof positive of what is possible when we come together to support Native communities who are passionate about making tomorrow a better day.
And if you’ve been receiving our emails or following us on social media, you have seen some of the language articles we’ve sent or posted so far. However, you can also see them on our website at www.firstnations.org/nativevoices, including an interview on the importance of Native languages with First Nations Board Chair Benny Shendo, Jr., or go directly by way of the following links:
Click here to view and print a four-page document detailing First Nations’ Language Immersion Initiative. We hope you will share this with your friends, family and local schools.
Read our stories about language preservation efforts at the links below:
- Dr. Janine Pease on Revitalizing the Crow – Apsáalooke – Language
- Lakhol’iyapi Wahohpi: Growing “Fluent Speakers, Sovereign Thinkers”
- Waadookodaading, Inc.: Teaching Ojibwe Students to Speak, Read and Write Ojibwemowin
- Ya Ne Dah Ah School: A Comprehensive Approach to Language Revitalization
- Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project: Reviving a Long-Silent Language
Click here to find a list of our current 12 grantees under our Native Language Immersion Initiative.