A Message From Our Board

A recent article published by NBC News severely mischaracterized The Language Conservancy, the work we do, and who we are.

As Native members of TLC’s board, we are saddened that the article lacked the many Native voices that could have spoken to the widespread support for, and the profound impact of, TLC’s important work with Indigenous language communities. This erasure of Native experiences, in favor of focusing on misleading and false claims initiated by a single individual, is antithetical to our core values as a Native-operated organization.

TLC exists to expand literacy and ensure that language learners have the tools they need to learn it successfully through a community-based approach.

We, Ben Black Bear (Sičháŋǧu Lakȟóta), Stanley Holder (Wichita), Dr. Janine Pease (Crow), and Lisa Perley-Dutcher (Tobique First Nation) remain singularly dedicated to this mission.