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.

Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem, Montana

Aaniiih (White Clay)
niinénnh nnááákich ééíh White Clay People Speaking White Clay Language Together

Aaniiih Nakoda College is located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Harlem, Montana. With only 30 fluent speakers still alive, the Aaniiih language stands on the brink of extinction as a living language, and the only hope of survival is teaching the language to the tribe’s children. The NLCC Language project, niinénnh nnááákich ééíh…

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Cherokee Nation, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Our Unified Language Curriculum

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma is one of three federally recognized tribes and is located in Tahlequah. The percentage of Cherokee first language speakers is 0.5% of the total Cherokee population; this percentage is made of mostly elderly people, some who have succumbed to the COVID-19 virus. With “Our Unified Language Curriculum” NLCC Project, Cherokee…

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Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, Carnegie, Oklahoma

Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program

The Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma is building their community capacity for Kiowa language instruction within five of their communities in southwest Oklahoma: Anadarko, Carnegie, Cache, Norman, and Tulsa. The Kiowa language is in danger of becoming extinct with only 20 fluent language speakers, and none of them under the age of 18. Their NLCC project,…

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Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Kodiak, Alaska

Tamamta Liitukut | Everyone is Learning

Language Education Continuum The Sun’aq Tribe, one of 10 federally recognized tribes in the Kodiak area, is working towards building the number of Alutiiq language speakers through their “Tamamta Liitukut” (Everyone is Learning) Kodiak Alutiiq Language Education Continuum Project. The purpose of the project is to cultivate the Kodiak Alutiiq Language education continuum by developing…

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Yurok Tribe, Klamath, California

Bridging the Language Gaps from Preschool through College

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 used Yurok daily since they were small children. The Yurok Language Program initiated the Bridging…

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