2011 National Native Language Revitalization Summit

Promoting Indigenous Language Rights in Practice Wednesday, June 22

Language Rights Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

Join fellow grassroots advocates and volunteers for Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian languages in delivering a positive message to Congress about a growing Indigenous language revitalization movement operating at maximum capacity with limited federal support.

Congress needs to hear from you about the beneficial impacts of local projects that use federal funding appropriations supporting Native language instruction and revitalization, including the Administration for Native Americans, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Head Start & Early Head Start, and the National Science Foundation. All provide key grants for community-based Native language revitalization efforts.

At a time of great language shift, loss, and recovery for Native communities you can make a difference in ensuring the timeless tribal worldviews living in these precious heritage languages are both protected and spoken anew by future generations. Tribes are making substantial investments, and the federal government should, too.

Summit Goal: On Wednesday, June 22, join Native language advocates in engaging every one of the 62 members of the House and Senate appropriations committees with Native language revitalization success stories, along with justifications for additional federal support.

Register now to speak out for Indigenous language rights with Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages. Join us in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 22.

Click here for more information, and for details regarding accommodations and travel to the 2011 National Native Language Revitalization Summit on Wednesday, June 22 in Washington, D.C.

Click here for information on the June 17-21 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native American Sacred Places. The observance in Washington, D.C. will be held on Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30 a.m. on the United States Capitol Grounds, West Front Grassy Area. Shuttle service from the host hotel will be available to summit registrants attending the June 21 pre-summit event "Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film" at 10:00 a.m.