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Thursday, October 12, 2023 – Tackling the Native language reading and writing hurdle

Speaking a Native language is one thing. Reading and writing it often takes another level of effort and understanding, especially for adult language learners. To help keep languages thriving, Alaska is looking for ways to develop Native language standards in public schools. A number of other tribes utilize technology, adult classes and even games to promote their written languages.


Dr. Melissa Lewis (Cherokee Nation), assistant professor at the University of Missouri  

Dr. Jennifer Wheeler (Diné), long-time educator of Navajo and English  

Tirzah Toya-Waconda (Laguna Pueblo), director of family engagement and the Indigenous languages facilitator at Native American Community Academy (NACA)