NILI work and collaborations in the News
When the Northwest Indian Language Institute at UO was faced with cancelling its 22nd annual training for indigenous language teachers due to COVID-19, organizers knew that couldn’t happen. But the institute had to find a way to continue language revitalization safely – and to fund its work.
-Anna Glavash, Around the O
There are only a few dozen living speakers of the Yakama dialect of the indigenous language Ichishkíin. Keegan Livermore wants to change that.
-OPB, Think Out Loud Podcast
More than 300 people from across campus and the community attended the Martin Luther King, Jr. awards ceremony and luncheon to honor King’s legacy and campus members who embrace King’s ideals.
-Around the O
The University of Oregon is making big steps towards revitalizing native languages which are quickly disappearing across the nation. It’s all part of a rare partnership between the University’s Northwest Indian Language Institute and the Federal Administration for Native Americans.
-Kelsey Christianson, KVAL
“Today, Native social scientists are actively engaged in the revitalization of their cultures and languages. At the University of Oregon, teams of Native researchers are building digital archives containing historical documentation to make language knowledge available to their communities.”
-Matt Cooper, Around the O
“I think that the language is the mind of the people. Inside of the language, even in the way things are spoken about, you know how people thought. How the ancestors thought about things, what was important to them. Their world view is wrapped up in language”
-Dreamstarter mentor and Wailaki Language teacher Cheryl Tuttle