The Language Conservancy

Bloomington, IN   |  http://www.languageconservancy.org

Mission

We believe that all languages have an inherent right to exist - that they are valued and irreplaceable facets of a people's culture and of humanity's linguistic heritage. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to rescuing the world's ever-increasing number of endangered languages, restoring them to stability and health, and safeguarding them for future generations. The Language Conservancy helps prevent the extinction of languages by raising funds, by increasing the international public awareness of the language-loss crisis, creating language tools to preserve the culture, and by providing support to organizations and communities engaged in revitalizing their languages.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Wilhelm Meya

Linguistic Director

Jan Ullrich

Main address

2620 N Walnut St Ste. 810

Bloomington, IN 47404 USA

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EIN

20-3840826

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Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

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Advocacy & Outreach

TLC is dedicated to promoting awareness of language loss through advocacy and outreach. We engage in documentary production and film screenings, host TLC and language loss awareness events, present information at our work at conferences and fairs, partner with Native storytellers and performing artists, and engage in social media outreach.

Population(s) Served

Tribes seeking a proven language curriculum and training template for their education departments come to The Language Conservancy for classroom materials and help planning effective teacher training events.

Classroom materials are modeled after the successful textbook/audio CD series initiated by the Lakota Language Consortium, and the very successful Lakota Summer Institute at Sitting Bull College.

Population(s) Served

The Educational Programming program develops and administers second language teacher training professional development programs called Summer Institutes. TLC has developed 6 Summer Institutes: Lakota, Dakota, Crow, MHA, Omaha, and Maskoke.

Population(s) Served

A comprehensive project to develop an e-learning portal for Lakota language learning and assessment, to be made freely available to members of the Lakota nation.

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Our results

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Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

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6 over time: Lakota Language Consortium, Crow Language Consortium, Maskoke Language Consortium, Dakota Language Society, Lakota Language Consortium, Lakȟótiyapi Okáȟtaŋič'iya Wičhóičhaǧe (LOWI)

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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220,000 tribal members across 50 tribes

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

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500 total

Number of U.S. states we work in

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Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, California, New York, Michigan, CT

Number of children who have the ability to use language for expression and to communicate with others

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Children in 120 Native school systems who benefit from TLC's curricula

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PRIMARY GOALS:

1. To prevent the widespread loss of indigenous languages worldwide.

▶ By 2020, TLC will increase the number of Native children learning their native language fivefold (from 2% to 10%).
▶ By 2025, TLC will quadruple the number of advanced learners of each of the languages TLC assists.
▶ By 2030, TLC will provide language materials and infrastructure to 75 languages worldwide, positioning TLC
as the global leader in indigenous language revitalization.

2. To improve public awareness and sensitivity towards indigenous language loss.

▶ By 2020, TLC, through a successful national Ogilvy-managed campaign, will increase awareness of endangered languages in the U.S. to 20% of the American population.
▶ In 5 years: TLC will be the household name of the organization working to save Native America languages in the US.
▶ In 10 years: TLC will expand internationally both in terms of our public relations and also in the languages we serve. We will likely focus on other endangered languages in the Central and South America, but also other parts of the world as opportunities arise.
▶ In 20 years: TLC will be serving over 100 languages worldwide. We will have a strong international presence and a play an active role in national and international policy making around the issue.

1. To prevent the widespread loss of indigenous languages worldwide, TLC will:

▶ Strengthen existing partnerships, as well as developing new relationships, with Tribal governments
▶ Continually seek funding to complete new textbook series and multimedia learning projects
▶ Establish new Tribal relationships to found new language Summer Institutes across reservations
▶ Continue to develop curriculum testing and evaluation to make its teacher training courses more effective

2. To improve public awareness and sensitivity towards indigenous language loss, TLC is:

▶ Partnering with Ogilvy PR to create a pro-bono TLC campaign, like those Ogilvy has developed for Amnesty
International and World Wildlife Fund.
▶ Consulting on major films including the upcoming Woman Walks Ahead (2017) and HBO's Lewis & Clark
(2018), to ensure filmmakers use Native languages accurately.
ensure they use Native languages accurately.
▶ Screening our documentary Hóthaŋiŋpi: Rising Voices at events nationwide and across American
Public Television.
▶Hosting informational events across the US.

The staff of The Language Conservancy has built extensive experience over the past decade in Native American language revitalization through association with a grassroots, Native-driven, unified movement to teach endangered languages as second languages in tribal, parochial and public schools on the Northern Plains. This experience will enable us to expand our reach of languages taught and language learners quantitatively, as described above.

We have also developed our outreach capabilities by growing and developing our media relations staff and establishing a relationship with Ogilvy Pr to create a pro-bono TLC campaign. These resources will enable us to significantly increase our outreach and increase awareness for language loss and the work that TLC does.

Past Accomplishments

▶ Established relationships with NUMBER tribes to work in NUMBER (8?) languages
▶ Published over 20 Native language textbooks in TLC's sequenced curriculum
▶ Created 13 mobile apps, including vocab builders, keyboards, and dictionaries
▶ Trained more than 400 teachers in second language teaching best practices at TLC's Summer Institutes.
▶ Published the Lakota Grammar Handbook, a 600-page self-study and reference pedagogical guide.
▶ Published the New Lakota Dictionary, a 23,000-word volume culminating 25 years of linguistic work with over 300 native speakers
▶ Issued the Lakota Audio Series, an adult Practical Conversation Course
▶ Produced a 20-episode Lakota language edition of the Berenstain Bears, the first Native American language cartoon series
▶ Produced a professional documentary, Hóthaŋiŋpi: Rising Voices, increasing awareness of language loss nationwide.
▶ Completed significant develop of Owóksape, a comprehensive online learning and assessment tool for Lakota.

To Be Accomplished

▶ Develop textbooks for more languages spoken by Tribes we have relationships with
▶ Expand awareness for language loss and TLC's work through PR campaigns

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The Language Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 05/24/2017
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Board co-chair

Mr. Wil Meya

Lakota Language Consortium, The Language Conservancy

Term: 2004 -


Board co-chair

Mr. Ben Black Bear

St. Francis Mission, St. Francis, SD

Ben Black Bear

St. Francis Mission

Kevin Locke

Solo musician & dancer

Joe Bendickson

University of Minnesota

Wil Meya

The Language Conservancy, Lakota Language Consortium

Jan Ullrich

The Language Conservancy, Lakota Language Consortium

John Boyle

California State University, Fresno

Janine Pease

Founding President of Little Big Horn College

Nacole Walker

University of British Columbia, Sitting Bull College, University of South Dakota