MISSOULA, MONTANA – The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs will be hosting a public listening session on Native language revitalization in Indian country at the University of Montana on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Senior staff from the Committee will be present to listen and discuss how Native language instruction is helping children in tribal communities.
The hearing comes on the heels of Chairman Senator Jon Tester’s introduction of the Native Language Immersion Student Achievement Act, which establishes a grant program to fund Native language programs throughout Indian country.
“We are racing against the clock to save and revitalize our sacred Native American languages,” Senator Tester commented. “Preserving Native languages will strengthen Indian culture and increase student confidence – leading to greater academic achievement and a stronger economy.”
Committee staff will hear from a panel of experts and then take public comment.
Listening Session on Native language revitalization in Indian country
Thursday, April 17, 2014
5:00 – 7:00 pm
University of Montana
Payne Family Native American Center