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 Crow Summer Institute 2023 Starting Off Strong!

The 11th Annual Crow Summer Institute (CSI) started on June 26, featuring a Learner Track for beginners and a Teacher Track for instructors looking to integrate Crow Language into their curriculum.

The first session ended successfully with over 40 participants, with learners from as far as Scotland joining the virtual classes! The week was packed with lessons, games, and activities such as tipi building.

The second session of CSI 2023 is happening July 10 - 14. Sign up today by visiting or clicking the button below.

Register for CSI 2023, Session 2

Lakota Summer Institute Returns In-Person

Recently, the Lakota Language Consortium (LLC) celebrated the conclusion and success of the Lakota Summer Institute! This immersive two-week program was hosted near the Black Hills in Rapid City, SD, from June 5 - 16. This experience unified Lakota speakers, teachers, Elders, and learners through the Lakota language. Partnered with Rural America Initiatives’ incredible hospitality, support, and delicious food, the two weeks concluded with stronger bonds across the diverse backgrounds in attendance. 

Participants experienced three immersive tracks: Teacher, Pre-Intermediate, and Beginner. LLC described gratitude for the opportunity to be in person after several years of online Institutes. They are gearing up and looking forward to next year! 

Learn more about Rural America Initiatives at

 Two New Picture Books & Online Dictionary Update
for Cowlitz Coast Salish

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe collaborated with TLC to create two NEW Cowlitz Coast Salish picture books: 

  • Our Family Is Visiting Us (spatáyʼsmitawn tit sxamʼálaxʷ kɬ !)
  • Eating Together (ʔíɬaniɬt ʔacx̣ʷúqʷɬ)
The Online Dictionary has also gotten an update, featuring an improved search function, usage guide, and enhanced accessibility options!
Where to access these resources:
  • Picture books: Available at the Cowlitz Indian Tribe Youth Program DuPont office (1000 Davis Pl, DuPont, WA)
  • Dictionary: FREE on the App Store, Google Play, and
For more information, please visit
Interns Highlight

A big thank you to Maria, Callysta, and Jasmin for their amazing work! We wish them the best in their future endeavors.

 Learn more about TLC's June interns by reading their "Intern-views" below!

Meet Maria - Events & PR Intern

"My name is Maria, an 18-year-old Events and PR intern at The Language Conservancy (TLC). As an active member of my tribal youth council who is passionate about community involvement, I have been fortunate to contribute to language revitalization projects during my time at the organization."

"The knowledge and experiences I have gained at TLC have motivated me to give back to my community. I plan to implement the techniques and vocabulary-building methods I learned here to create a language-learning app tailored to different community members. By encouraging individuals to embrace their Native language, even in small ways, we can contribute to significant changes within our communities."

Read Maria's full interview by clicking the button below.

Maria's Q&A
Meet Callysta - Linguistics Intern

"My name is Callysta Caraballo. I am a 23-year-old graduate from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics. I interned at The Language Conservancy (TLC) as a linguist."

"My passion for language revitalization mounted quickly as I learned more about how communities with languages that are not widespread are underrepresented in computational data and translation tools. I knew I wanted to apply my knowledge to real-world problems."

Read Callysta's full interview by clicking the button below.

Callysta's Q&A
Meet Jasmin - IT Intern

"My name is Jasmin Herzig. I am 21 and interned in the IT department at The Language Conservancy (TLC) for four weeks. I am a student at Indiana University studying for my Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science."

"I have learned that language revitalization is vital. There are lots of different departments at TLC that all serve an important purpose. I think anybody wanting to do language revitalization work should go for it because of the meaningful impact you can make."

Read Jasmin's full interview by clicking the button below.

Jasmin's Q&A
Coming up next...

ICILDER happening in three months!

Counting down to three months until the first-ever International Conference on Indigenous Language Documentation, Education, and Revitalization (ICILDER)!

🗓 October 12 - 14, 2023
IU Biddle Hotel & Conference Center, Bloomington, Indiana

Hosted by the Council of Indigenous Language Organizations, ICILDER is bringing together Indigenous communities, educators, linguists, and scholars worldwide to share their knowledge and experiences in language revitalization in honor of the United Nations' International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

Don't wait and register today! Learn more at, or click the button below to secure your spot!

ICILDER Registration

 Everything you need to know about
submitting an abstract to ICILDER

Q: Who can submit an abstract?
A: Presenters of all disciplines, backgrounds and languages are invited to submit an abstract!
Q: What is the theme of this year?
A: “Language Is.”
Q: What should my presentation/poster be about?
A: Indigenous language documentation, education practices, equity and representation, and linguistic work leading into the United Nation’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL 2022-2032)
Q: Does my presentation have to be in English?
A: While the conference will be primarily in English, presentations and posters in other languages are welcome and encouraged!

Please specify which language(s) you’ll be using, and whether you will be able to provide an English translation.
Q: What do I need to submit?

  • Abstract (in English, 300-500 words)
  • Presentation title
  • Short summary of your professional experience (50+ words)

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