Language Is Life (event/language)

Language is Life Conference



The Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS) will hold their Language is Life Conference on September 16-18, 2011, in Marin, California. AICLS's Language is Life Conference is an opportunity for California Indians to come together to share their experiences and hopes of language revitalization, get ideas from each other, and attend a wide array of workshops and lectures on language teaching and learning methods, family language and cultural practices, funding, recording and computer technology, language research, and other relevant topics.

For more information, contact AICLS at:
(866) 644-7616
221 Idora Avenue, Vallejo, California 94591

Weaving Wellness In Native Communities (event)

Northern California Indian Development Council, Inc is hosting a Native Summit meeting titled:
Weaving Wellness In Native Communities
March 31 – April 2, 2011 at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel


The Northern California Indian Development Council (NCIDC), along with local Tribes and various partnering programs, will be hosting a Community Health and Wellness Summit.  The gathering entitled, Weaving Wellness in Native Communities, will be held March 31 – April 2, 2011 at the Blue Lake Casino and Hotel.  The summit is an opportunity for the Native American community to come together to begin developing sustainable wellness plans for individuals and Tribal communities.  Participants will work together to access tools, training and support to address issues of mutual concern.  This will empower them to assist their communities to create the change they envision based upon the culture and traditions of their Tribes.  


As part of building and reinforcing a strong family unit, youth will play an integral role at the meeting.  A youth track has been designed to provide information and resources targeted to address their needs.  Additionally, selected youth will participate in a video documentation effort to capture the process and results of the event. 


This gathering will provide communities with an opportunity to develop solutions to the problems that confront them.  The summit will focus on the four key areas Mind, Body Spirit and Community.  Bringing balance to these components of life will promote the type of wellness that will benefit Native American individuals, families, communities and Tribes.   For more information go to: or call AndreCramblit or Lou Moerner at 800.566.2381 or email


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Volunteers Wanted for the 29th Intertribal Gathering & Elder's Dinner (event)

The Northern California Indian Development Council has begun planning for the 29th Annual Elders Dinner and Inter-Tribal Gathering. The event is to be held from 10 AM-7 PM on Saturday November 13, 2010 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka, CA. The Inter-Tribal Gathering is one way of sharing the cultures of the various California Indians with the broader community. 

The main features of the gathering are the Salmon and Turkey dinner served from Noon to 4 PM and a traditional gift giving ceremony to all Honored Elders in attendance, regardless of race. This year's event features demonstrations of traditional Tribal dances throughout the day from the Hupa, Karuk, Tolowa and Yurok Tribes. Special performances by the CA traditional dancers will round out the event.  There is no charge for entrance to the Gathering and the dinner is free to all Elders (age 55 & over).  For those under 55, a nominal fee for a dinner ticket is requested.

Native communities have long respected the gift of Elders and enjoy this time to show them how much they are appreciated.  Community support is being sought this year to once again ensure the success of this gathering. Numerous volunteers are needed to help serve and prepare approximately 1500 meals and to provide assistance in set up, hosting and clean up before and after the Gathering.

We are looking to collaborate with existing groups/clubs to fulfill mutual goals: ours being a successful Gathering and yours the successful completion of community service hours. Working with pre-established groups better enables proper communication and fun for all. Individuals are always welcome!

Dedicated volunteers are needed in the following areas:

November 12: 10 AM-5 PM
Pantry stocking
Cleaning of floors and benches
Chair and table set up and decoration
Food preparation (chopping, mixing, etc.)

November 13: 8 AM-8 PM
Recycling team
Experienced food servers
Gate & Ribbon Attendants
Experienced kitchen workers
Janitorial services, trash, restroom maintenance
Runners to deliver food between various cooking areas
*Evening cleaning crew for tables and chairs (7-8 PM)

November 14: 11 AM-5 PM
General clean up
Table and chair tear down and loading into truck
Trash removal and other janitorial duties as needed

For more information, to donate or volunteer, please contact Lou Moerner at

Thank you and we hope to see you there!Lou Moerner
Volunteer Coordinator
Northern California Indian Development Council
(707) 445-8451 ext. 27