Indigenous Language Policy


Recent Legislation and Resources

Benefits of Indigenous language learning: A factsheet (PDF)

This document was put together in support of teaching indigenous languages and to advocate support for the two senate bills HR 4214, the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act and HR 726, the Native American Languages Reauthorization Act of 2014.

More information from the Linguistics Society of America on this legislation can be found here.


Below are documents about indigenous language policy.  If you have any questions or would like more information about Native language policy in Washington, Oregon, or California, please contact us.

Native American Languages Act of 1992 (PDF)

The Legal Framework for Indigenous Language Rights in the United States (PDF)

A Compilation of Federal and State Education Laws Regarding Native Language in Curriculum and Certification of Teachers of Native Languages (PDF)

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (PDF)

Indigenous Children’s Education as Linguistic Genocide and a Crime Against Humanity? A Global View (Link to very large PDF)

Kumu Honua Mauli Ola (PDF)  Found on ‘Aha  Pūnana Leo website

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