Virtual Host Role and Activities

Moving to a virtual meeting meant changes in a variety of ways to conducting a semi-annual meeting for NLCC. A virtual host is an important role, but it is only taken on voluntarily by one or more NLCC recipients. The role of the virtual host and the activities they participate are described as follows.

September 2021 Virtual Co-hosts

Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program

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 Nation aims to develop and establish a coordinated, standardized Cherokee language curriculum available for each level of educational language learning (early childhood, elementary, high school, and college certification) and establish a Cherokee Language Board to oversee the collaborative effort of the Cherokee Nation’s language programs resulting in a unified vision, implementation, and mission of all.

Cultural Opening

The Cherokee Nation will provide the cultural opening on Day 1 to ensure that we as a group start off the semi-annual meeting in a good and positive way, acknowledging our connectedness as friends and colleagues.

Inspirational Moment/ Host tour of program, people, and place

As part of the Inspirational Moment component of our semi-annual meeting program, on Day 3, Cherokee Nation will provide a 15-minute presentation of their location, the people they serve, and their program. The host tour takes the place of a tour that would have occurred during a face-to-face event.

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, “Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program,” seeks to build the community’s capacity for Kiowa language instruction through a continuum of Kiowa language instruction across all ages from preschool through college. Additionally, the NLCC will build awareness of and interest in Kiowa language revitalization among Kiowa families.

Cultural Mindfulness

A large part of our semi-annual meetings is mindfulness, both general and cultural. As a co-host, the Kiowa Tribe will provide the cultural mindfulness activity of creating an Indian Perfume Bundle on Day 1.  The staff from the Kiowa Language and Culture Revitalization Program will provide instruction and a video on how to make a bundle from the materials found in your convening package. The presentation with the video will be available on the mindfulness page.

Inspirational Moment/ Host tour of program, people, and place

As part of the Inspirational Moment component of our semi-annual meeting program, on Day 2, the Kiowa Tribe will provide a 15-minute presentation of their location, the people they serve, and their program. The host tour takes the place of a tour that would have occurred during a face-to-face event.

Cultural Closing

The Kiowa Tribe will provide the cultural closing on Day 2 to ensure that we continue our connections as friends and colleagues in the coming months.