Indigenous Language Institute Programs
How to ensure the seamless transmittal of language and culture - especially the creation of new language speakers - inspires all ILI programs. Since 1992, the ILI has successfully implemented a number of unique programs that have had direct and positive effects on language programs in Native communities across the United States. ILI programs have brought together a diverse community of Native language speakers, teachers, university scholars and linguists, and Native youth dedicated to revitalizing indigenous languages.
The ILI is a national clearinghouse of information and referrals, which includes: a Resource Library, a Native Community Field Survey Project and a Web site.
Education and research offerings include: community language training seminars and scholarly symposia; language materials development; and the Annual Youth Language Fair.
ILI publications include resource directories, "how to" handbooks to aid communities in planning their own language programs and activities, and a semi-annual newsletter.
ILI promotes public awareness of issues pertaining to indigenous language loss and solutions through our newsletter, the Annual Honors Event which recognizes individuals who have contributed to language survival, and a multitude of other public outreach activities.
The ILI has launched a $5 million campaign over the next three years to raise much-needed funds for its endowment. Your gift will be a perpetual source of revenue which will ensure that the ILI continues to provide native communities with the level of excellence that they've come to expect from ILI programs.
Please make a Commitment
There is urgency to the ILI's work because of the extremely fragile condition of indigenous languages. Your support will create a lasting legacy for the survival of Native languages forever.
Contributions to the Endowment will help the ILI realize its dream of establishing a national Native language center equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, a place where Native community language teachers and speakers, scholars, linguists and other can come to learn from one another and share their knowledge and experiences.
To learn more about the Indigenous Language Institute, the Endowment Campaign, and other ways to contribute, please contact:
Inee Yang Slaughter, Executive Director
The Indigenous Language Institute
560 Montezuma Ave, Suite 201A
Santa Fe, NM 87501