Stabilizing Indigenous Languages (language/event)

Stabilizing Indigenous Languages 

Save the Dates!

Wednesday, January 15th to Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Hilo Hawaiian Hotel & University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Campus
Hilo, Island of Hawai‘i

He waʻa ke kula; na ka ʻōlelo e uli (schools are canoes; language steers them)

SILS 2014 will be hosted Wednesday, January 15th to Sunday, January 19th, 2014, by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in its newly completed Hawaiian language building, Hale ʻŌlelo.

Hawaiʻi State, and the district of Hilo in particular on Hawaiʻi island, has one of the highest concentrations of young Native American language speakers anywhere. Yet, fifty years ago no children spoke Hawaiian in Hilo. The change is the result of aligning school programming with an official language status.

Visits to language immersion programs from preschool to the doctorate will be central to SILS 2014, as will be post-visitation discussion groups.

Challenges such as government testing, developing curricula, and parent involvement will receive special attention.

8th Annual Dee-ni' Day (event)

8th Annual Dee-ni' Day

Public · By Smith River Rancheria

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Howonquet Hall 101 Indian Court, Smith River, California

Smith River Rancheria's 8th Annual Tolowa Dee-ni' Day
Celebrating the Native American Community

This event is open to the general public

When: September 28th, 2013
Where: Howonquet Hall 101 Indian Court, Smith River, Ca
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Traditional Gambling
Raffle Prizes * Stick Games
Horseshoe Tournement
Salmon Lunch - $5.00 *Vendors

Save the Date Indian Education Conference (education/event)

We invite you to attend the 37th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education, March 16-18, 2014, at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa, CA. The conference theme is “Education Now – Idle No More!” The conference will showcase 37 years of success and growth of American Indian education in California and the impact the American Indian Education Centers have had in American Indian communities.

Walking In Balance (event)

This conference is put together to enhance culturally appropriate approaches to better serve American Indian Crime Victims and their families and general services to the Native American community. The conference is hosted by The Northern California Tribal Healing Coalition Members that include local Tribes and Native agencies. All Social Service providers and agencies are encouraged to attend!

Special Education Training (education/event)

Special Education Rights

September 11, 2013

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Redwood Coast Regional Center

525 2nd Street, Ste. 300

Eureka, CA 95501

Topics will include:

Parent Rights & Responsibilities, Discipline of Students w/Disabilities, Compliance Complaints/Due Process, Transitional Planning in IEP

Sponsored by:

RedwoodCoast RegionalCenter

Presented by:

Disability RightsCalifornia California Indian LegalServices

Phyllis Preston,CAPAdvocate Delia Parr,DirectingAttorney

To R.S.V.P. contact:

Lynne Page (707) 268-1388 E-mail:

California’s Protection and Advocacy System

Defending salmon (environment/event)

Indigenous Peoples' International Gathering to Honor, Protect and Defend the Salmon

June 21st 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
June 22nd 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
June 23rd 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Yurok Tribal Offices, Hwy 101, Klamath, CA

Come to Yurok Territory in Klamath, California to discuss and strategize on
addressing the impacts of climate change, GMOs and contaminants
on Indigenous Peoples’ ways of life, culture, traditional farming methods
and food sources. Speakers will include Indigenous leaders, elders, local groups
and youth who share a cultural investment in Salmon and
their environment. Topics will include threats to salmon, food
sovereignty, culture and environmental health including solutions at
Tribal, First Nation and international levels.

No registration fee. All meals will be provided along with free camping.
Please bring your own camping gear, sleeping bag and other personal


To request further info contact: Rochelle Diver: (415) 641-4482,, or Monique Sonoquie: (805) 403-6744,

Hosted by Yurok Wellness Court, Indigenous Youth Foundation Inc., Pit
River Tribe and the International Indian Treaty Council

By Shawn Conner, Special to The Sun June 20, 2013

Though she grew up around the language, Cynthia Jensen-Fisk never learned to speak Gitsenimx. She never even knew that learning it was an option.

“It wasn’t used very much around our house,” Jensen-Fisk said. “Probably because my dad was Swedish.”

Jensen-Fisk is now learning the language from her aunt, Barbara Harris, as part of the master-apprentice program through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. A First Nations-run corporation, the council’s mandate is to support the revitalization of Aboriginal language, arts and culture in B.C. The council does this through documentation, cultural programming, curriculum development and programs like the master-apprentice program.

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First Nations Knowledge (event)

Creating Sustainable Programs is the fourth webinar in the “First Nations Knowledge” webinar series and is now open for registration.  “First Nations Knowledge” aims to educate Native community members and Native nonprofit organizations working to strengthen local food systems while increasing economic opportunities and organizational capacity.

Presented by Vicky Karhu, the Creating Sustainable Programs webinar will include steps to developing and implementing a sustainable program. Vicky Karhu is the Development Director at Taos County Economic Development Corporation and founding director of the Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative.  She has served on numerous boards including the Community Food Security Coalition, National Family Farm Coalition and Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Association (OFRA) to name a few.

Title:  Creating Sustainable Programs
Date:  Thursday, May 23, 2013
Time: Noon to 1:00 PM MDT

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

AILDI Summer Institute (language)

American Indian Language Development Institute

Summer Session 2013

June 3rd-28th, 2013

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

There's still time to join us this summer!

Visit our website for more information!

Morning Courses: 8:00-11:30 am


Topics in Native American Linguistics, Instructor: Luis Barragan
Language Immersion and Acquisition in the Home and Community, Instructor: Jennie DeGroat
Community Language Archiving, Instructor: Shannon Bischoff

Combination AM/PM Course

 Teaching Indigenous Language through Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Instructor: Teresa Newberry 
Guest speakers: George Ironstrack, Jim Enote, Amadeo Rea, Carrie Cannon, Ron Trosper, and others
Lecture: 8:00-11:30
Practicum: 1:00-3:00

Afternoon Courses: 1:00-4:30 pm

Creating Linguistic Products for Native American Languages, Instructor: Colleen Fitzgerald
Where are Your Keys?, Instructor: Evan Gardner
Revitalizing Spiritual Traditions, Instructor: Phil Cash Cash

Institute for Teachers of Color (education/event)

Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice 
San José State University; June 19-21, 2013
Applications Due: April 1, 2013

Keynotes Confirmed:
Dr. Tara Yosso, Chicana/o Studies, UCSB
Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Asian American Studies and Educational Leadership, SFSU


In California, students of color comprise over 70% of the public school population, but teachers of color make up less than 30% of the teaching force. With barriers such as limited resources, testing pressures and culturally-disconnected mandated curriculum, teachers of color with a commitment to racial justice face many challenges in realizing their vision, and can feel isolated in their work.

June 19-21, 2013, San José State University is hosting the third annual Institute for Teachers of Color Committed to Racial Justice, a three-day conference to support the development, success and retention of teachers of color struggling to achieve racial justice in schools. It is intended as a community building, professional development space for teachers of color to explore the racial climate of their schools, receive training to navigate these realities, and strategize how to create racially transformative classrooms and schools. We are also accepting applications from school administrators of color and teacher educators of color who are interested in building alongside teachers. 

The cost for attending the Institute is $150, which includes breakfast, lunch and materials for all three days (a limited number of scholarships are available for those who are not receiving district funding). Applications should be submitted by April 1, 2013 and we will notify applicants by early May. If you are interested in attending this Institute, please complete the application through the following link: 

We are looking for teachers, school administrators and teacher educators of color who:
• Are committed to racial justice.
• Work at schools serving a significant population of students of color.
• Want to build a like-minded community.
• Have specific needs that can be met by the Institute. 

We are also hoping to achieve racial and gender balance among participants to represent the diversity of teachers, school administrators, and teacher educators of color. Please submit any inquiries to Dr. Rita Kohli at

Program Coordinators: 
Rita Kohli, Department of Elementary Education, San José State University
Marcos Pizarro, Mexican American Studies, San José State University