Native Village Youth and Education News

April 1, 2009 Issue 196 Volume 2

Revitalizing Native Languages Campaign

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After intensive advocacy by many groups, the United States Congress has added $1,500,000 to 2008's $2,000,000
budget for the Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act. This means that
2009 will see $3,500,000 for Native American language restoration, programs, or schools. This does not include additional monies from the Administration for Native Americans.

Those who pressured Congress into make changes were Cultural Survival, tribal leaders, the National Alliance to Save Native Languages, and leading Native American policy groups,

Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages also pushed for $5,000,000 in Bureau of Indian Affairs funding. The funds would be used for "shovel ready" projects at Native language immersion schools desperately in need of repairs and renovations. While the BIA was given $6,000,000 for building and training programs, it's unclear how much will support local renovation projects at these schools.



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