Summer Institute 2019

Sharing our paths, creating community

June 17-28, 2019

Registration is closed.


Classes offered this year

8-8:50 daily (Every NILI participant)

9-9:50 daily (Choose one)

10-11:30 daily (Choose one)

1-2:50 daily: Teaching Methods and Strategies Classes (Choose one, except high school youth, who have their own class)

3:10-5:00 daily: Materials Creation Classes (Choose one, except high school youth, who have their own class)


Youth Track


Summer Institute 2019 Scholarship application available!

  • The cost for this year’s Summer Institute is $2150 plus room and board fees. (2019 room and board costs posted below)
  • Please complete a scholarship application by April 1, 2019.
  • Please be sure to apply early as the deadline will not be extended.
  • If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please fill out the form here:

Adult Scholarship Application
Youth Scholarship Application

  • The deadline to submit an application is April 1, 2019. (For more information on scholarships please see section below.)
  • Due to generous support, some years NILI is able to give at least some funding to those applying for scholarships. Other years we are challenged to do so. Scholarships are for partial tuition for the two-week Summer Institute only and do not cover housing, meals, or parking (if applicable).
  • Scholarship funds are targeted towards those who could not attend the Institute without support. If you are employed as a teacher or at a language program or school district, you must first seek funding from your program. We encourage all those in need of financial assistance to seek funding from other sources as well.


Summer Institute Teacher Training Program

NILI’s Summer Institute Teacher Training Program is a 2-week program where Native language teachers and learners study an Indigenous language, linguistics, teaching methods, and language activism. Teachers will learn to apply teaching strategies and will develop materials to take home to their classrooms.


  • Learn how to teach whole language (moving from words to sentences)
  • Have guided teaching opportunities
  • Create needed language materials for your community
  • Learn more about the structure, vocabulary, and pronunciation of Indigenous languages
  • Experience language learning from a student’s point of view
  • Become more familiar with a variety of teaching practices and methods
  • Speak in Indigenous languages with your team members and classmates


Summer Institute Youth Program

High school students study language, linguistics and teaching methods. They will design and create activities to support preschool learners. Guest speakers (UO faculty and Native students) present information and experiences that will introduce youth to college life and create a bridge to higher education. Students are mentored in project brainstorming, planning, linguistic guidance, pedagogy, evaluation, tool support, and product delivery.


  • Gain skills in language learning
  • Take on leadership roles in language preservation and teaching while demonstrating a commitment to their Tribe’s values and traditions.
  • Become more technologically literate
  • Learn to manage their own projects
  • Contribute to language revitalization within their communities


NILI Summer Institute Costs for 2019

  • Tuition: $2,150 (4 university credits)
  • Elder registration: $375 (no university credits)
  • Optional on-site parking pass: $100
  • On Campus Housing (On campus housing is optional. Check in 6/16. Check out 6/28.):
  1. Single room: $996/person ($83/night)
  2. Double (shared) room: $840/person ($70/night)
    (These include room, three meals a day at Carson Dining Hall, towels, and bedding.)

Limited scholarships are available. See scholarship information at the top of the page.
If you have questions or need further information, please email us.


Policy for Youth Participants and Community Chaperones

(High School Students from Ages 14-18 who have completed freshman year)

  • It is our experience in providing a youth component to NILI Summer Institute that communities have wanted to provide their own chaperones for youth participants.
  • If you are bringing youth, someone must be designated in your group who will assume responsibility for chaperoning youth participants. Youth and chaperones will attend all NILI events during the Institute.  Chaperones are encouraged to attend all NILI classes with youth. Chaperones need not be present in the classroom with youth, but must be responsible and present during out of class hours and at night. Chaperones will need to cover their own dorm expenses (room and board) as they must stay in the dorms with the participants.
  • All youth attending NILI must have consent forms signed by parents/guardians prior to the Institute.
  • If you are considering bringing youth to NILI, please contact our office at or 541-346-0730 to make arrangements.
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