Feds Award $7M for Tribal Language Programs

Jac Peynetsa sings while his son Brentyn Peynetsa observes during a memorial and honor song Saturday afternoon at the Native American Community Academy. (Sharon Chischilly/Source NM) Sign up here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism.

Santo Domingo Pueblo and Diné College are part of the 45 tribes and tribal organizations that are receiving federal money to boost traditional language programs.

The Living Language Grant Program is part of the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Economic Development and is designed for language revitalization programs for Indigenous communities.

“For more than 150 years, Native languages in the U.S. have been subjected to suppression and elimination from a variety of factors such as federal boarding and other types of schools that forced American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian children to forgo speaking the language of their people,” according to a statement from the Indian Affairs Department.

In total, $7 million in grants will go to tribal communities across the U.S.

Diné College, located in Tsaile, Arizona, was awarded $60,189. Santo Domingo Pueblo will receive $123,795.

Nearly $10 million was requested from 59 different tribes. The grant proposals were determined based on how the money would be spent on language programs that are dealing with a significant loss of the traditional language within the tribal community.Other factors included a basis for how instruction could prevent “intergenerational disruption,” and an estimated number of students that would take language courses, according to the Indian Affairs Department.Traditional language preservation is essential for boosting […]

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