Native Language Community Coordination

Training and Technical Assistance Center

A Resource of the Administration for Native Americans

Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) is a demonstration project initiated by the Administration for Native Americans in 2016. Through the establishment of cooperative agreements with site-based educational programs, the five recipients demonstrate evidence-based strategies that integrate Native language and educational services within their specific community. Ultimately, each recipient community will sustain over the long-term Native Language instruction and identify the range of promising practices that deliver positive gains in Native language proficiency and fluency, leading to progress across key indicators related to educational success, positive mental health outcomes, increased earning capacity, and other outcomes related to well-being.

About NLCC
History of NLCC

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Webinar: Addressing Mental Health Issues Among Children, Staff, and Families in Tribal Early Childhood Programs

Date: August 23, 2021 Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET Please join this Administration for…

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Save The Date(s): Indian Health Service Technical Assistance Webinars for Funding Opportunities

Community Health Aide Program (CHAP) Tribal Assessment and Planning Grant (HHS-2021-IHS-TAP-0001) Provides funding to Tribes…

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Cherokee Nation To Expand Language Preservation Program

The Cherokee Nation is expanding the Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program that focuses on preserving…

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The communities of the NLCC Cohort alphabetically include Aaniiih Nakoda College, Cherokee Nation, Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, and Yurok Tribe. They form a community of practice, which is connected through their spirit of learning, knowledge sharing, peer learning, and collaboration. Furthermore, they are connected as individuals, groups within their communities, and their own organizational development. To learn more about each recipient or to go to their websites or social media pages, please choose their community profile below.


Yurok Tribe, Klamath, California

The Yurok Tribe’s, located in Klamath, California, near the Oregon border, began surveying the number of Yurok speakers back in 1997. The results found 20 fluent Yurok language speakers in their 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Most of them had not…

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About the NLCC T/TA Team

The NLCC T/TA Center team delivers training via webinars, or events in person or virtually; technical assistance with monthly coaching calls and in-person site visits when safe; peer-to-peer networking opportunities through monthly coaching calls, encouraging calls between recipients, an interactive forum, and private Facebook group; and sharing of Native language resources, tools, and materials.

Meet Maria Griffin

Maria is a citizen of the Spokane Tribe and is the Center Director for the NLCC T/TA Center. She provides leadership for the T/TA Director, Language Evaluator, and the Project Coordinator. She serves as back-up to the T/TA Director when needed. Maria provides T/TA in a variety of program management areas including community engagement, grant…