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Happy New Year from The Language Conservancy! We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and even better spirits. For TLC, in 2022, we are looking forward to a busy year filled with new projects and events. We are excited to continue important language revitalization work alongside our many partner organizations. 
News & Recent Events
2022 marks the start of the "International Decade of Indigenous Languages," as proclaimed by the United Nations. The United Nations General Assembly invites Indigenous Peoples to initiate ideas for the preservation and revitalization of their languages. From 2022-2032, the UN hopes to raise global awareness about the issue of language loss and how revitalizing Indigenous languages is a crucial component in "sustainable development, peace-building, and reconciliation."  TLC looks forward to continuing to do our part in the globally-growing language revitalization movement.

Last month Lakota Language Consortium staff Jamie, Shania, and Samantha spent three days in Rapid City, South Dakota, at the 44th Annual Lakota Nation Invitational (LNI). Invited teams from the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ and surrounding areas that come together for a variety of competitions and cultural events. Generations of Lakota families attended to support Native Youth participating in various cultural activities and sports. While LNI is a basketball-focused event, Native Youth can also participate in a number of events, including Hand Games, Art Shows, Traditional Dances, and the Lakota Language Bowl. 

LLC staff attended LNI to share information about available language-learning materials and support the efforts of those in the Lakota language community. Many families picked up children's books as holiday gifts! It is exciting for LLC staff to see so many new learners interested in information on how to get started learning Lakota. 

TLC and LLC would like to extend congratulations to all the Language Bowl participants and winners for investing their time in learning the Lakota language, and for making strides in language efforts! 

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The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is holding its first Rapid Word Collection this month! The historic event is taking place in late January. The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is incredibly excited to create a comprehensive dictionary database that will be the foundation for their online and mobile dictionary in the future.  
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