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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, 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.
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HIPÉEXNU RELEASE BOOK FOR NEZ PERCE YOUTH

Congratulations to Hipéexnu, a 501 c 3 tribal nonprofit organization, on the release of their new Nimipuutímt (Nez Perce language) children's book titled 'ehéetewise 'étke 'íim wées 'íim. The title translates into English as, "I love you because you are you."

The story, illustrated by Native artist Marty Two Bulls, follows a baby moose who learns the true meaning of a mother's unconditional love throughout the story. The grant-funded book is monolingual, with a glossary and an English translation provided at the back to aid young learners. 

If you are a Nez Perce learner, educator, or community member and are interested in finding out more, please reach out to Hipéexnu.
HISTORIC CROW LANGUAGE DICTIONARY RELEASE

On June 3rd, years of concerted community effort culminated in the historic release of a Crow language print dictionary. This print dictionary is considered the most comprehensive Apsáalooke (Crow language) dictionary that exists. Its release is a monumental step forward in the overall preservation of the Crow language.

The dictionary’s publication results from the efforts of hundreds of Native Crow Elders, speakers, knowledge keepers, and linguists who have collaborated to document, compile, and record over 11,000 Crow words. 
read more about the release here
watch a news clip of the release here
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