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 languages 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 and hope inspire us to share these tools with other indigenous language communities- restoring language to pride of place.

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 to engage with the problem of language loss close to home and throughout the world.

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 best measures the fundamental success of any revitalization program. TLC strongly feels that increase in the number of speakers defines the only metric that really can make a difference in the fight to rescue a language. That’s why we work hard, day by day, week by week, month by month to help create new speakers with the passing of every year among the communities we support.

Over the long term, we strive to increase our ability to support the dynamic for change in all of the communities we work with, and to continue honing our approach to do an ever better job as we help to increase the ranks of speakers. Now and in the future, our vision remains to be able to better create ever more speakers for each of the language communities we work with.

Our Vision

The Language Conservancy’s vision is to save the maximum number of endangered indigenous languages in the world, to become the global provider of language revitalization support, to become a beacon of hope to thousands of language communities, and to inspire worldwide action.

Our Mission

We believe that all languages have an inherent right to exist – that they are valued and irreplaceable facets of a people’s culture and of humanity’s linguistic heritage. The Language Conservancy (TLC) is dedicated to rescuing the world’s endangered languages, restoring them to stability and health, and safeguarding them for future generations. The Language Conservancy helps prevent the extinction of languages by raising funds, increasing the international public awareness of the language-loss crisis, creating language tools to preserve the culture, and providing support to organizations and communities engaged in revitalizing their languages.

Our Goal

The Language Conservancy (TLC) revitalizes endangered indigenous languages by providing a new major source of grants and technical support to indigenous communities and organizations, while also pursuing a systematic public education and fundraising campaign among the general population – exposing the nation to this silent crisis. It achieves this by fulfilling its fundraising goals which provide a sustainable source of language revitalization programming support.



Language is the life-blood of culture and the core of identity. When indigenous people are able to maintain or learn their languages, they are healthier and more successful.

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