National Native Language Revitalization Summit

Native Language Summit Poster: Designed by Donovan Pete (Dine')Click here to read more about the National Native Language Revitalization Summit held in Washington D.C. May 11-13, 2009. 

Monday, May 11, included a training session on finding tribal language materials in the National Anthropological Archives, and a workshop with the Potlatch Fund on developing grant proposals to sustain grassroots language programs. Tuesday, May 12, was sponsored and hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), with a keynote by renowned language immersion school director Darrell Robes Kipp (Blackfeet) of the Piegan Institute, and presentations by numerous leaders in the Native language revitalization movement. On Wednesday, May 13, participants convened on Capitol Hill to educate their Congressional delegations about the critical importance of defending and increasing support for Native language programs through the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act.

Registration Form (.pdf)

Host Hotels and Airport Information

Invitation Letter (.pdf)

Sponsorship Information (.pdf)

Summit Flyer (.pdf)

MONDAY, MAY 11 Training Sessions

9am - 12:30pm  National Anthropological Archives (NAA) and Library of Congress (LOC) tours and research seminars: Making Native Language Documentation More Accessible to Your Community  (Free session! Transportation to NAA Suitland, MD facility and LOC provided from Holiday Inn Capitol and Capitol Skyline Hotel.)

1:30pm - 5pm  Sustaining Your Community Language Program: Foundation Proposals and Fundraising Research Workshop with the Potlatch Fund at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 "I" Street SW (Working lunch beginning at 1pm - Included with $45 registration fee)

6:30pm  National Language Summit Welcome Reception (Chickasaw Nation Embassy, Pushmataha House, 322 East Capitol Street NE)

TUESDAY, MAY 12

From Code Talkers to Immersion: Native American Language Summit (Agenda)

Hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). 

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (Fourth Street and Independence Ave. SW)

10am - 5:30pm  Registration begins at 9:30am.  Please enter via NMAI's South (staff) entrance on Independence Avenue SW.

5:45pm - 6:30pm Learn about Cultural Survival's current programs and history. All are welcome.

6:15pm - 8:00pm Code Talker Recognition Reception in the NMAI Potomac Atrium. This special program featuring code talkers Barney Old Coyote (Crow) and Samuel N. Tso (Navajo) is sponsored by the Comanche Nation.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13

Language Impact Day on Capitol Hill 

9am - 5pm  Briefing Session Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing Room, followed by visits to congressional delegations.  Coordinated by the National Alliance to Save Native Languages.

In preparation for these exciting visits, and to learn more about the urgent funding needs facing tribal language immersion schools, click the link below to read the Congressional testimony prepared this January by Cultural Survival Native languages campaign advisor Ryan Wilson, and submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on behalf of the National Alliance to Save Native Languages.

The National Alliance to Save Native Languages was founded in October of 2006 for the exclusive purpose of promoting the revitalization of Native American languages.  The Alliance is composed of a coalition of stakeholders including tribes, schools, and individuals, regional and national organizations.