Day 1 Highlights

What program activities will you keep in your sustainability plan?

  • “Elder guidance and influence from those that are outside of the tribe to check-in - maintaining an elder board is really important for us.” -Kristen Thomas, Cherokee

What partnerships will you build or continue under your sustainability plan?

  • “Our charter immersion class graduated in 2017. One stayed and wanted to go directly into adult learning. Others took a couple of years to return. One of the first grads recently came on board as a curriculum specialist. It didn't happen as quickly as we hoped, but they're returning.” - Kristen Thomas, Cherokee
  • “One Yurok language class was incorporated, and we want to expand that. It’s been great to see the need and want for the language program, and we will continue to work with that.” - Victoria Carlson, YurokQuestion: “Do apprentices treat their participation as a job or do these folks work outside of the program?” -Toni Tsatoke-Mule
  • “We ask that our participants focus the majority of their time on the language program - we offer a stipend but we know it may not be enough and we are open about the process from the beginning.”

Other Highlights

  • Cherokee Language Apprentice Learning “The Office” video.
  • Connecting with the community and local schools with implementing language courses.
  • CLMAP Structure successes.
  • Sun’aq Inspirational Moment: Language panel of learners, facilitated by Candace Branson, and how they’ve become more proficient and the use of Zoom.
  • Yurok Inspirational Moment: Victoria’s Grandfather’s song at the beginning, and the audio clips of boarding school experiences.
  • Sustainability Presentation: great facilitated discussion by Maya and Kiowa team, that included all NLCC Cohort members.

Day 2 Highlights

Ensuring Continuity of Language - Victoria Carlson

  • Informative presentation by Victoria Carlson showcasing the language learning program and its wonderful tools for success:
    • Translation tool linked to the website

Evaluation Update: Years 1 to 4 - Jim Myers

-Educational data sharing presentation

  • Goal:
    • The goal for this workshop is to share grantee evaluation efforts as of 2020
  • Learning Objectives:
    • As a result of this workshop, attendees will gain knowledge of recipient efforts in regard to:
    • Strengthening/enhancing curriculum, strategic plans, and
    • community/language boards;
    • Partnerships that benefit language acquisition/retention efforts;
    • Translation of project benefits to other initiatives;
  • Lessons learned;
    • Project sustainability/continuation; and
    • Promising practices shared.

Inspirational Moment – Kiowa Tribe - Kricket Connywerdy

  • Wonderful tour of the Kiowa Tribe program.

Elements to Building a Community-Based Language Program - Sean Chandler 

  • Challenges and Solutions:
    • Parental interest and involvement
      • Parent/Language/Craft/Sewing nights
    • Partner Interest
      • Educational Workshops, Sewing Nights
    • Do not “promote” ourselves enough
      • Promotional Items, KGVA, Social Media
    • Attracting and finding helpers
      • Growing our Own, “Promote” our Own

Aaniiih Nakoda College Inspirational Moment: Video of Boarding School life for Elders
“If you lose your language, you lose your culture. Language is the way of life.”

Chatbox highlights:

“What is the actual due date for this year's ADR?” -Kristen Thomas, Cherokee

"Annual reports are always 90 days after the reporting period, which is 9/30” -Carmelia Strickland, ANA/ACF/DHHS

Question: "How to drive Partner Interest?" -Sean Chandler

”I notice team-teaching with language, especially on the zoom. Someone doesn't know what to say, so they ask the language helper. Then the new learner will follow. 🙂 I notice that it helps.” -Victoria Carlson, Yurok

"Communication is what you all reported in your ADRs as being key." - Jim Myers

Day 3 Highlights

Ideal immersion school (Cohort-wide) – Team Activity & Presentation - Presented by: Tachini Pete

  • Break out rooms with “Ideal Immersion School” ideas from each group (Maria has collected the jamboards and will have Thomas upload them to the virtual venue for attendee access).
  • New things to consider in the immersion school classroom, e.g., classrooms set up by learning styles, including gender learning for culture, but not in language classes, building mentors at any age (adult, youth, peer), teachers include students in teaching.
  • Use your strategic plan to help inform individuals who express their needs surrounding language learning to have their needs addressed.
  • “A curriculum can help the community understand the current process and progress to accomplish effective language transfer.” -Tachini Pete.
  • Avoid “Mission Creep!” If funding opportunities create a change in plan, look to the strategic plan first to avoid taking the mission in poor directions.

Develop Meaningful Partnerships – Peer Presentation/Roundtable Share out - Candace Branson

“Ensuring survival in our community has always meant we work in unity.” -Cultural Significance Discussion.

Question Prompt:
“In what ways do your traditional activities and values reflect unity and partnership building?”

  • Shared Responsibility
  • Shared Resources
  • Shared Benefit

“Think about your best partners. What makes the relationships beneficial for both parties? How could it be improved?” -Candace Branson

Attendee Questions:

“Has anyone held any type of focus groups to better hear the needs of the community?” -Victoria Carlson, Yurok Tribe

Chatroom Highlights:

“We also discussed creating our own proficiency scale for our school-specific to Early Head Start and Head Start age children.” - Victoria Carlson, Yurok Tribe.

“Other problems could be leadership changes or staff turnover.” - Carmelia Strickland, Yurok Tribe.

"There's a bill in Congress to honor Durbin Feeling.  It's called the Durbin Feeling Native American Languages Act.  If passed, it will require federal agencies to comply with requirements to promote Native American languages and improve interagency coordination.  And also require a survey about Native Languages" -Carmelia Strickland, ANA/ACF/DHHS