THE STORY OF A MOVEMENT
Language is the voice of a people and a culture.
Without language, peoples and their cultures cease to grow and start to fade away.
A Vision at the Beginning
The Language Conservancy was founded in 2005 by a concerned group of indigenous educators and language activists in reaction to the severe decline of indigenous language speakers in the United States. Working closely with partner organizations, we have utilized best practice methods, resources, and models to create world-class indigenous language-learning materials and resources. Our vision is to share these tools with indigenous language communities worldwide. Our hope is to restore indigenous languages to a place of pride within these communities.
Our Efforts Today
Today, The Language Conservancy supports Lakota and over 30 other indigenous languages. We work hard to increase funding for and provide technical assistance to each language community we serve.
TLC stands among the world’s leading voices in the movement for language revitalization. We provide a sequence of focused solutions to meet the needs of language communities, and we work to inform the broader public in order to raise awareness of language loss locally and abroad.
Looking Forward to Tomorrow
Worldwide, languages face the crisis of loss and extinction as never before. The wave of collapses that began in North America and Australia continues to accelerate and spread to other places. The Language Conservancy continues to utilize best-practice approaches: the methods and models we persistently refine to address the particular needs of each unique language.
The number of speakers produced as a result of a revitalization program best measures its effectiveness. That’s why we work hard, day by day, week by week, month by month to help create new speakers within the populations we support.
Over the long term, we strive to increase our support within communities as well as build networks of proficient speakers capable of spreading the language to future generations. Now and in the future, our vision is to create strong epicenters of indigenous languages.
Land Acknowledgement Statement
The Language Conservancy wishes to acknowledge and honor the Indigenous communities native to this region, we acknowledge that our main office in Bloomington, Indiana, was built on Indigenous homelands and resources. We recognize the Miami, Delaware, Potawatomi, and Shawnee people as past, present, and future caretakers of this land, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. The Language Conservancy works towards building better relationships with Native American communities through language revitalization, partnerships, historical recognitions, and community service. We ask you to join us in acknowledging the indigenous communities here and wherever we work, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations.