SILS 21 Final Program Draft Available — and response

Dear Friends of Indigenous Languages:

The final draft of the SILS 20 conference program is now available at . I am also happy to announce the date and location of SILS 21:

21st Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium
January 16-19, 2014, Hilo, Hawaiʻi

SILS 21 will be hosted January 16-19, 2014 by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in its newly completed Hawaiian language building. Hawaiʻi, and outer-island Hilo in particular, have one of the highest concentrations of young Native American language speakers anywhere. Yet, fifty years ago, no children spoke Hawaiian in Hilo. The change is the result of aligning school programming with an official language status. Visits to language immersion programs from preschool to the doctorate will be central to SILS 2014, as will be post-visitation discussion groups (Search: Oiwi TV No Anei Ko Kakou Ola). Challenges such as government testing, developing curricula, and parent involvement will receive special attention. Registration information will be forthcoming at .

Jon Reyhner, Ed.D.
SILS Steering Committee Coordinator &
Professor of Bilingual Multicultural Education
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona 86011


Hi Jon- Sorry I won’t be there for the SILS conference, the agenda looks great. Could you please forward this message to your list serve? ANA still needs more reviewers for our upcoming language competition-June 21-28. We are reviewing our panel reviewer applicant pool and will be inviting potential reviewers to participate, there is a mandatory training and paperwork to complete. As a reminder, the panel for ANA Language Grants will be the last week of June (June 21-28) and new reviewers will receive training prior to the panel. They will review 7 applications each, and be compensated. All reviews will be conducted remotely, with panels meeting via teleconference, so no travel will be involved. If you are not available or eligible to review for language, you can still consider reviewing for ANA’s other competitions. Please share with anyone that may be interested.
Michelle Sauve Senior Project Consultant Administration for Native Americans Administration for Children and Families
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
901 D St., SW, Washington, DC 20447 (202) 260-6974

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit in its seventh year of gathering and curating Cree language literacy materials on the web and creating connections between students, teachers, speakers and linguists across the Cree dialect-and-language continuum.
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