At the Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Center, we support the NLCC cooperative agreement recipients as they complete their projects through June 2022. The goal of the NLCC Training and Technical Assistance Center is to maximize the recipients’ effect on their respective communities’ language revitalization efforts from pre-school through college, and community-wide.

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.

We primarily provide training and technical assistance to the NLCC cohort to develop and enhance their language revitalization programs. As a Resource of the Administration for Native Americans, we are dedicated to serving the Native peoples of the United States and its territories, including American Samoa, Guam, and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. We provide virtual or in-person trainings up to twice a year through webinars or the ACF/ANA Annual Grantee Meeting for all ANA language grantees on topics such as language and the brain, family language plans, intellectual property, and native languages, and so on.

The NLCC T/TA Center comprises a Center Director, Training and Technical Assistance Director, a Language Evaluator, and Project Coordinator. The NLCC T/TA Center is operated by Sister Sky Inc.

Tracy Kieffer

Center Director

Tracy Kieffer, MBA
(Spokane Tribe)

Tracy Kieffer is a Spokane Tribal citizen who resides on the Spokane Indian Reservation with her husband, she has three children and six grandchildren As the director for the NLCC T/TA Center Director she provides the leadership and administration for the NLCC T/TA team. She holds a MBA in Business from Western Governors University.

Tachini Pete, MBA

Training and Technical Assistance Director

Tachini Pete, M.B.A.
(Salish Tribe/Navajo Nation)

Tachini Pete is Salish/Navajo, and the current Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Director. Tachini works on language transfer capacity, second language acquisition, and researching and documenting the Salish language. Tachini’s experience teaching at all age levels (preschool to college) as well as an executive leader, understanding funding agencies, and advocate for language revitalization will support the needs of the NLCC cohort in the coming year.

For more information about Tachini, read his Language Story.

Jim Myers, MSW

Language Evaluator

Jim Myers is the Language Evaluator for the NLCC cohort. He provides the cohort with capacity-building training in research, assessment, and evaluation. In addition, he supports the NLCC cohort with data collection and analysis.

For more information about Jim, read his Language Story.

About Sister Sky Inc.

Sister Sky Inc., a Native American owned company, is the contractor for ANA’s NLCC T/TA Center. The training and technical assistance providers employed or contracted by Sister Sky Inc. offers free training and technical assistance to the NLCC cohort and at times, to ANA language grantees. Sister Sky Inc. is an SBA-certified 8(a), economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business (EDWOSB) dedicated to delivering empowerment and enrichment services to Native American and disadvantaged communities through culturally conscious training, technical assistance, event management, and communications.