Language Preservation

You may review a few of our funded projects below.

Piegan Institute, Browning, MT

school child at piegan institutePiegan Institute, a nonprofit organization chartered in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet Reservation, was created as a vehicle to research, promote, and preserve the language of the Blackfeet Tribe. Its most powerful representation of this focus has been the construction and staffing of two neighborhood-based private schools, one for pre-school children, the other for grades one through four.

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‘Aha Punana Leo, Hilo, HI

children preparing to sing and dance in honoluluʻAha Punana Leo was formed in 1983 to reestablish and develop the Hawaiian language. During the 1920’s the Hawaiian language ceased to be spoken by children when schools began mandating that the curriculum be taught only in English. Since its formation, ʻAha Punana Leo has been a key force in changing legislation in the state of Hawaii, and also at the federal level, to lift the bans that formerly existed regarding the use of Hawaiian in schools.

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