CN gets $200K for language preservation from Interior

BY STAFF REPORTS
10/25/2020 05:00 PM
WASHINGTON –  According to an Oct. 21 Interior Department announcement, the Cherokee Nation is expected to receive $200,000 to help it preserve the Cherokee language.

The federal funds are part of a $3 million investment to preserve Native American languages.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Tara Katuk Sweeney said the DOI’s Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development will disburse the $3 million as Living Languages Grant Program funds to 18 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages to document, preserve, and revitalize Native languages. 

“A tribe’s traditional language is the foundation of cultural identity and is essential for the survival of our Native cultures, histories and values,” said Sweeney. “I’m proud that Indian Affairs has created an opportunity for language promotion and revitalization. The IEED Living Languages Gants Program is there to support tribal efforts to preserve and actively promote traditional language usage. I congratulate the awardees from this round of funding, and I wish them success in their language preservation programs. I also encourage other tribes to apply during the next Living Language grants funding opportunity.”

Grant submissions were rated on how effectively the language programs would document, preserve, or revitalize a Native language; the degree to which the language addressed by a proposal risks extinction; the likelihood that the instruction to be funded would revitalize the language by preventing intergenerational disruption; and the number of students or percentage of tribal citizens the proposal would benefit. 

Along with the Cherokee Nation, other LLGP grantees are: 

· Citizen Potawatomi Nation: $200,066;

· Comanche Nation: $169,443; 

· Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana: $198,559;

· Douglas Indian Association: $199,645; 

· Forest County Potawatomi Community: $189,326; 

· Hydaburg Cooperative Association: $188,430; 

· Igiugig Village: $138,088; 

· Lummi Tribe: $168,969; 

· Makah Indian Tribe: $73,156; 

· Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe: $200,000; 

· Rosebud Sioux Tribe: $199,829; 

· Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community: $64,700; 

· Skokomish Indian Tribe: $185,319; 

· Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation: $131,858; 

· Ute Mountain Ute Tribe: $191,570;

· Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska: $100,717; and

· Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation: $200,000. 

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