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Conference announcement

3rd Annual Indigenous Language Institute Symposium

Conquering Challenges In Native Language Work

October 22-23, 2012
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
(Pueblo of Isleta) Albuquerque, New Mexico

To address this year’s theme of “Conquering Challenges in Native Language Work”, we will focus on difficult issues that persistently challenge community language revitalization work. Our Presenters will share experiences and information on effective ways to overcome these challenges. Some challenges require paradigm shifts – big time – and others require easy-to-do methods, tools and tips. ALL require WILL and DISCIPLINE. Here are the presentations and presenters for ILIS 2012 (in alpha order of last name of presenter).

Kristopher Easton (Cherokee Nation), Google, Inc.
“Google’s Endangered Languages Project: A Sharing Tool for Language Revitalization Work”

Christopher Harvey (Celtic/Canadian), University of Toronto
“To Write or Not to Write: Benefits and Challenges of the Written Form of Oral Tradition”

Patricia Ningewance Nadeau (Ojibwe, Bear Clan, Lac Seul First Nation)
“Drop Your Baggage, Let's Journey Forward Together: Overcoming Barriers to Language Learning"

DeLaura Saunders (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians), Choctaw Language Teacher Trainer & Curriculum Developer
“I Speak Choctaw but Why Aren’t the Kids? Language Speakers’ Role in Ensuring Choctaw Language Use Among Our Children”

Kevin Shendo (Jemez Pueblo), Director of Education Department, Pueblo of Jemez
“Asserting Indian Education Sovereignty: Language and Culture as the Foundation for Our Education System at Pueblo of Jemez Walatowa Charter School”

Tewa Youth Panel: Marissa Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), David Naranjo (Santa Clara Pueblo), Jeremy Montoya (Pojoaque Pueblo), Youth Language Advocates & Learners
“How Do You Say…?: Letting Learners Lead in Language Learning”

Ofelia Zepeda (Tohono O’odham), University of Arizona
“English is Not Enough: Valuing the Legacy of Heritage languages”


Regular Registration August 23 through September 22, 2012: $250
Late Registration is September 23 through October 12, 2012: $275
Elder Registration (65+: ) $175
Student Registration (must provide school I.D.): $175

To register online go to:
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Reserve your lodging at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, (Pueblo of Isleta) Albuquerque, New Mexico before September 28, 2012 to get the rate of $99 (single/double occupancy/per night plus tax). Call (505) 724-3800 or (877) 475-3827 and use "Indigenous Language Institute" or "ILI1012 code. The hotel has a shuttle service to the airport for registered guest. For shuttle call Guest Services at (505) 724-3877, 24 to 48 hours prior to pickup time.

Submitted by LMP Editor