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As our site now has more than 2000 pages of language information, articles, and links pages, we have stopped using this page to announce each new page we add, but are still using it to announce general news and new sections as they are added to our site. Thanks for your interest!
May 9 , 2013: It was hard to choose from the many excellent finalists, but we have selected six projects to fund for our 2013 Language Preservation Grants this spring: a dictionary of the Western Shoshoni language, a Gwich'in Athabaskan-language production of a Shakespeare play, Mi'kmaq-language translations of children's books, support for an Oglala Lakota immersion preschool, audio and video recordings from the Shiwiar community in Ecuador, and preparation of traditional Tunica texts. Congratulations to all the people involved in these six projects!
April 2, 2013: We are now in the final process of selecting our 2013 Language Preservation Grants for this spring. Please feel free to continue to send grant requests but they will probably not be considered until next year. Thanks to all!
January 1, 2013: Happy New Year from Native Languages of the Americas! We are again issuing a call for small grants related to Native American language preservation, maintenance and revival. Our next round of grants will be awarded in the spring. Please see our Native American language grants page for more details. Priority is given to tribally sponsored projects. As always, we are also able to provide free web hosting, bandwidth, and other Internet services to indigenous language projects, and we usually have person-hours available to help with language projects, so please feel free to email us if there's anything else we could help with!
June 15, 2012: We have chosen five projects to fund for our 2012 Spring Language Preservation Grants. They include a Chinook Jargon language project from the Cowlitz tribe, a Yup'ik language spelling bee, a project to create Lakota language classroom materials, and two small grants to assist in a Seneca web application and purchase Nooksack language materials. We hope to be able to provide additional funding for some of the other excellent proposals we have received later this year. Congratulations to all the people involved in these five projects!
January 1, 2012: Happy New Year from Native Languages of the Americas! We are again issuing a call for small grants related to Native American language preservation, maintenance and revival. Our next round of grants will be awarded in the spring. As always, we are also able to provide free web hosting, bandwidth, and other Internet services to indigenous language projects, and we usually have person-hours available to help with language projects, so please feel free to email us if there's anything else we could help with!
September 1, 2011: We have chosen four projects to fund for our 2011 Language Preservation Grants. They include the production of an Aleut-language flashcard game, an Ojibwe language class for teenagers, support for the Sac and Fox Nation's master-apprentice language learning program, and support for tribal Chemehuevi language maintenance programs. We had many outstanding submissions this year and wish we could have supported more of them. Congratulations to all the people involved in these four projects!
July 8, 2011: Congratulations to Pinny and her husband on the birth of their winula Kayla!
June 15, 2011: We are in the final process of selecting our 2011 Language Preservation Grants. Thanks to all of you for your patience-- we received a record number of grant applications this year! Please feel free to continue to send grant requests but they will almost certainly not be considered until next year, as our plate is full for the time being.
Feb 27, 2011: We are now answering language queries and other online questions at our new mailbag page. It is still under construction so we appreciate your patience!
December 20, 2010: We are issuing another call for small grants related to Native American language preservation, maintenance and revival. Priority is given to tribally sponsored projects. We are also always able to provide free web hosting, bandwidth, and other Internet services to indigenous language projects, and we usually have person-hours available to help with language projects, so please feel free to email us if there's anything else we could help with!
June 1, 2010: We have chosen four projects to fund for our 2010 Language Preservation Grants. They include a project analyzing and presenting traditional Kwakwaka'wakw songs; a project supporting the production of a DVD of the languages of Table Mountain Rancheria (Yokuts and Western Mono); a project recording the Mountain Maidu language; and a project producing a Navajo-language computer game. Congratulations to all the people involved in these four projects!
January 1, 2009: Happy New Year from Native Languages of the Americas! We have more than 3,500 pages on our website now, including language materials for 440 different indigenous languages of North, Central and South America. We have also added new kids' pages to our United States Native Americans section, including word searches to use in the classroom, how to say "Hello" in the tribal languages of each state, and a comparison of animal names in the languages of each state. Other recent projects we have supported include a language learning coloring book for kids produced by the Hualapai tribe and an Ojibway language learning computer game.
January 5, 2008: Happy New Year! The Ioway documentary we helped produce has been completed, and soon the project's recordings of the Chiwere (Iowa-Otoe) language will be made available. We have recently added a new section on culture areas of the Americas. We have also added more materials to the Facts for Kids educational section of our site, including illustrated pages on Native American houses, Native American hairstyles, and breechcloths with leggings, as well as new fact sheets for the Southeastern tribes (Caddo, Alabama, Coushatta, Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Catawba, Seminole, Calusa, and Yuchi,) Plains Indian tribes (Crow, Arikara, Assiniboine, Lakota and Dakota Sioux, Mandan, Hidatsa, Kiowa, Osage, Pawnee, Comanche, Ioway, Otoe, Missouria, Omaha, Ponca, Kansa, Quapaw, Tonkawa, and Wichita) and the Nez Perce, Ute, Shoshone, and Apache tribe. We now have fact sheets for kids on 77 tribes in all. If you would like to help us work on another one please contact us.
August 12, 2007: Our apologies for not updating the What's New page in so long. We have, however, been very busy updating the rest of the site. We have more than 2000 pages now, covering more than 250 different languages. New sections include Native Americans in different countries, South American languages, Central American languages, and Caribbean languages; we have also added clickable maps to our North American languages, United States Native Americans and Canadian First Nations index pages, and one for Central and South American cultures. (The Mexican Indian language index is still under construction, but many of the individual Mexican language pages are completed.) We also have a new worksheet series about numbers, and have expanded our animals template to include more Central and South American animals to make it easier for indigenous people in those countries to use. We have added a section for Native American myths and legends, as well as an archive of the folklore materials we have ourselves.
January 10, 2007: Happy New Year! We have added a new series of worksheets to our language learning materials, this one about colors. Currently, we are working on adding audio to our language pages (such as this Lakota page). Please contact us if you are a native speaker (or have access to a native speaker) and would like to make recordings for the site. We have a small budget available to provide recording equipment and other supplies you might need.
August 21, 2006: We are adding a new series of illustrated worksheets to the online language learning materials we offer at our site. This one is about parts of the body and has a black-and-white printable version that can be used in the classroom. Enjoy!
June 12, 2006: The second half of the Ioway documentary we've been helping to fund is being filmed as we speak. I will let everyone know when it is available for purchase. Besides the interesting cultural and historical information presented by both Iowa tribes, the DVD will include a huge track of language material from the one remaining Ioway elder who is fully fluent in the Chiwere (Iowa-Otoe) language. Invaluable stuff!
May 30, 2006: We have added five pronunciation guides for Algonquian languages to our website. As always, feedback is welcomed. We're also looking out for native speakers to record sample words for those pages, if anyone is interested.
April 7, 2006: We have begun adding picture dictionaries to our website, with photos of animals with their native names. If anyone would like to add a picture dictionary in a new language, just let us know.
February 4, 2006: Two new projects which are progressing slowly but steadily are adding pictures to our Native American website for kids and adding maps to our website of US American Indian Tribes State By State. If anyone has pictures you'd like to see added to the kids' pages, go ahead and send them to us!
November 20, 2005: We had a big push this year to add pages for all the living and recently dormant languages of the US and Canada, since some readers were getting the incorrect impression that languages we didn't have pages for yet didn't exist or that we considered them unimportant. They should all be available from our Indian tribes menu now. We still do not have pages for many living languages of Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean. If you have information about one of these languages and would like to help us add a page, please contact us.
July 6, 2005: Many new vocabulary pages have been added over the last few months, and also more links pages. The other big news lately is that we're producing a movie! (Well, we're funding it anyway, through a humanities grant.) It's a documentary on the Ioway tribe, including some language recordings from Ioway elders. We will let you know when it's available.
January 19, 2005: We have added so many more pages of American Indian vocabulary this month that I am not going to list them all individually here; you can reach them all from the American Indian words index. Also, we have put up a new page with our Native American writing guidelines, in case you want to submit an article to us but have been too shy. (-:
December 9, 2004: Laura has conquered HTML graphmaking, and we now have charts comparing vocabulary words from related languages in the Algonquian, Athabaskan, Caddoan, Hokan, Iroquoian, Mayan, Muskogean, Penutian, Salishan, Siouan, and Uto-Aztecan language families. We have also added vocabulary lists for some new languages, and are currently pondering what to do about long-extinct languages of which we have nothing remaining but vocabulary lists written down by non-native people centuries ago. Is it really valuable to put Powhatan words from John Smith's notebook into a chart with Ojibwe and Cree words we actually know the pronunciation of? I mean, the guy couldn't even spell English words the same way in two different letters; who knows what sounds the Virginia Algonquians were really uttering when he decided to write down "pawpaxsoughes"? Opinions on this question are welcomed.
November 22, 2004: We've been working on the American Indian vocabulary section of our site. It's got enough material on it that we are making it available now, but it is, of course, still very much under construction... currently completed vocabulary sets include Abnaki words, Blackfeet words, Cheyenne words, Cree words, Lenape words, Maliseet-Passamaquoddy words, Micmac words, Munsee words, Ojibway words, Potawatomi words, Apache words, Navajo words, Tlingit words, Mohave words, Cherokee words, Mohawk words, Maya words, Chickasaw words, Choctaw words, Creek words, Nez Perce words, Lushootseed Salish words, Crow words, Dakota Sioux words, Lakota Sioux words, Osage words, Comanche words, Hopi words, Shoshoni words, Tohono O'odham words, and Kiowa words. That seems like a lot, now that I type them all in. (-: But there are only 5-10 words for each language so far.
November 12, 2004: We have four of our pages translated into French now: Les amérindiens, Langues amérindien, Les atikameks, and Histoire atikamekw. Thanks to our francophone volunteers!
October 7, 2004: We have added three more kids' pages: Sac and Fox, Miami, and Illinois Indians.
September 17, 2004: We have finally split our Miami-Illinois page. The Miami and Illinois tribes spoke the same language, but they are distinct tribes with different culture and history, so now we have new Miami and Illini pages.
September 5, 2004: We are having a very positive response to our dog names fundraiser. By popular demand we have added a new page about American Indian Baby Names, with explanations, cautions, and suggestions for people looking for Native American names for their children. If this saves even one more poor child from being named "Svaha" because his parents read on an Internet list that it was a "Native American" name, I have done a good deed today. ;-) We have also added two more states to our US Tribes pages: Vermont and New Hampshire.
August 26, 2004: Several more additions to our US Tribes pages: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Montana, Rhode Island, and Texas. Also, we have put up a non-partisan page about American Indian voting. Please, everyone, take the time to register today.
August 14, 2004: We added three new states to our US Tribes pages: Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming. I also updated Orrin's tribal tattoo page to include more information because we are still getting a lot of mail asking about it.
August 6, 2004: Native Languages of the Americas has a new fundraiser: Indian Dog Names. Since so many people send us email asking for names for their dogs, we figured, why not turn it into a fundraiser. So we will name one dog (or horse or other pet) for every $10 donated to our cause. We'll see how it goes. (-:
July 20, 2004: Our website has passed 3 million hits now! We are launching a new section, US American Indian Tribes State By State. We are using this section to link to all the Indian tribes in each state and also give their snail mail addresses. Eventually we hope to put other resources without websites of their own onto these pages, and add maps. States currently featured are Alabama, Minnesota and Maine.
July 1, 2004: We have updated links for most of the language pages last month, and we have also finished our art pages, adding subpages for Indian peace pipes, kachinas, Native American dolls, native drums, totem poles, Native American masks, and other Native American sculpture. We are still looking over submissions of art sites, and accepting more submissions.
June 22, 2004: We have added some new art subpages this week: porcupine quillwork, moccasins, amulet bags, and Native American greeting cards. We are also in the process of upgrading our organization's computers...
June 8, 2004: We are almost done with the Facts for Kids pages now. The new additions are Cherokee and Lumbee facts. We also split the Cherokee culture page off from the main Cherokee page to make room for more language materials, and we added new art pages on Native American jewelry, Native American pottery and Native American painting.
May 21, 2004: We added three new pages to our site for Yurok culture, Yurok facts for kids, and Wiyot facts for kids. Also, we added two new art pages, Native American beadwork and star quilts. Thanks to everyone for the art suggestions!
May 2, 2004: We added six new pages to our site for Gros Ventre, Cheyenne and Blackfoot culture, and Gros Ventre, Cheyenne kids pages, and an Black feet kids' pages. Also Orrin wrote a brief page on Native American herbs.
April 20, 2004: Our new Native American arts and crafts page has gotten such a positive response that I've fleshed it out with some pictures. The subpages now include Native American Baskets, Native American Clothes, Southwest Art, Northwest Coast Art, and Dreamcatchers. I'm still taking nominations of favorite native artists to add to the list so keep the suggestions coming!
April 12, 2004: We added four new pages to our site for Kickapoo and Arapaho culture, and Kickapoo and Arapaho Indian kids pages.
March 29, 2004: We have added a new page for Native American Art because we have been asked to recommend an Indian artist often enough. Laura had to lock up her credit card while she prepared this page. Some of this stuff is unbelievably beautiful--take a look! I also added a sitemap to our website because a few people have asked me to put a search function on our page and I don't have time to implement that yet. (-:
March 19, 2004: We added new pages this month for Cree, Innu, Atikamek, Metis, Menominee, Fox and Sauk, and Potawatomi culture, as well as children's pages for Cree, Innu, Atikamekw, Menominee, and Potowatomi. Got a new bookshelf for our offline library, too!
March 1, 2004: We split our Ojibwe page in half (Ojibwe language and Chippewa/Ojibway culture), updated the Ottawa Indian page, and added kids' sections for the Chippewas and Ottawas.
February 6, 2004: Orrin has finished his page on Native American genealogy. We hope it helps you in your search.
January 7, 2004: We have uploaded an Ojibwe bible passage which was submitted to us, and also added a new article about Algonquian words in English. Orrin is working on a basic resource page for American Indian genealogy now, since we do not have the time or expertise to respond to the daily queries we get about this topic but feel bad deleting so much unanswered email. Look for it this month!
January 1, 2004: Happy New Year! We have added nine new children's pages to our site: Lenape, Munsee, Nanticoke, Mohican, Mohegan, Powhatan, Shawnee, Wampanoag tribe, and one on the Algonquian tribes in general.
December 17, 2003: Added three new subpages for Algonquin, Lenape, and Mi'kmaq culture, and updated our incomplete language pages (Apache, Arikara, Assiniboin, Caddo, Cayuga, Chickasaw, Chipewyan, Choctaw, Comanche, Crow, Dakota, Haida, Heiltsuk, Haisla, Hidatsa, Hochunk, Hopi, Hupa, Inuktitut, Iroquois, Karok, Kiowa, Kwakiutl, Makah, Mohawk, Muskogee, Navajo, Nootka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Onondaga, Pawnee, Pueblo, Seneca, Shoshoni, Tlingit, Tsimshian, Tuscarora, Wyandot, Wichita, Zuni, and Indian Sign Language) so that each has 3-5 good links. It's frustrating to reach an 'under construction' page that's no help at all--now they will at least point visitors in the right directions.
December 10, 2003: Our 'Facts For Kids' sections have gotten very popular and we are moving them to their own pages now: Abenakis, Penobscot, Algonquin, Beothuk, Mi'kmaq, Malecite and Passamaquoddy. I also added a Native American website for kids and Native American cultures for kids to direct young visitors. I did this because this week I received one suggestion from a homeschooling educator that it would be helpful for navigation, and two letters from children pleading that their "eyeballs were falling out" from the overload of information. (-:
November 22, 2003: We continue to reorganize our site as we add information to it. This week I split our Native Languages of the Americas homepage so it will be faster-loading and hopefully easier to use: the alphabetical master list of Indian tribes and the page of Native American society and culture are now separate. I also added a section of general Amerindian language resources to the front page for easy reference.
October 15, 2003: I added a page for fragmentary Algonquian languages (such as Etchemin), and two for the extinct Algonquian languages Narragansett and Nanticoke. This completes the Algonquian language family, although there is more information we would like to add to several of the pages. Next year, we hope to begin work on the Iroquoian languages!
September 12, 2003: Orrin is happy to announce the birth of his third grandchild, John Jr., on September 1st. (-: With our new domain and simpler page design, our website is no longer suffering from bandwidth problems, which is good, because we passed 750,000 hits this week. We added children's sections to three more of our pages and about 40 new links to the Ojibwe language page.
July 24, 2003: Added a Contributions page for anyone who wants to support our organization (we have a PO box now, and our own PayPal account). We've also purchased some new books for our library and will be adding some more language information to our site over the next few months.
June 6, 2003: Updated the Beothuk Indians with a kids' section and a few new links. I also uploaded a copy of Orrin's NDN-List posting about promoting Native American Internet websites for those who are interested. Enjoy!
May 17, 2003: Updated pages for Lenape, Stockbridge-Munsee, Mohegan, Mahican, Powhatan, and Wampanoag.
May 1, 2003: We've finished updating all the Algonkian languages to the new format. Added some new links to most of them while I was there; check 'em out.
March 28, 2003: Finished cleaning up and transferring our files to our new web address (http://www.native-languages.org/). Everything should be up-to-date now; please let me know if it's not.
March 19, 2003: Added a new page, American Indian Books. This page is for listing general resources as well as making it more convenient to find the specific resources in the middle of the long tribal pages. Also, if you buy any of the books from a link you clicked on our page, Native Languages will get a little kickback from the bookseller (Amazon.com), in the form of a gift certificate. We can use it to buy more language materials from them, so by all means, see if there's anything you've been looking for there!
March 14, 2003: Native Languages of the Americas has a new (and hopefully permanent) web address now: http://www.native-languages.org/. Make a note of it--we'll be phasing the pages off the bigorrin site soon. Also, we are now officially a Minnesota non-profit organization.
March 3, 2003: Updated the Algonquin page, with 30 new links, some fixes, and a kids' section. Unfortunately, the longer these pages get the more often the website exceeds Geocities' bandwidth limits and the more often it is shut down. It's been down for at least an hour a day since I expanded the Mi'kmaq page. This is very counterproductive, so until I can get a new website, I'm going to have to stop expanding any of the pages. Hopefully we'll get some funding soon and be able to forge ahead again.
February 21, 2003: Finished the update to the Micmac page, adding about 50 new links, fixing a few bad ones, and adding a children's section. I also made some corrections to the Maliseet page, thanks to Donna at Wabanaki Web for the help.
February 12, 2003: Added a page for Beothuks, since there weren't too many links for this extinct language anyway and I already had them collected.
January 25, 2003: Doing a new update on the site, adding a children's section to each language page. Hopefully this will save me from having to give the same responses to dozens of schoolkids' email from now on! The updates so far are the Malecite, Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, and Abenaki pages (I also split the Maliseet and Passamaquoddy onto separate pages because their combined page was getting too big). I added 40-50 new links to each page, reindexed them, added the children's sections, and revised the introductions a little. Hope you like them. I probably will not be adding new languages until I know what the grant situation is, so I'll be working to update the rest of the existing language pages as I get time.
January 1, 2003: Pages currently available include Cherokee and the Algonquian languages Abenaki-Penobscot, Algonkin, Arapaho, Attikamekw, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Cree, Gros Ventre, Kickapoo, Lumbee, Maliseet-Passamaquoddy, Menominee, Mesquakie-Sauk, Michif, Montagnais Innu, Naskapi Innu, Potawatomi, Wiyot, and Yurok; the Wabanaki Confederacy; our contact/FAQ page; our Internet Myths About Indians page; Laura's page about reviving endangered languages; Orrin's original homepage; and Orrin's articles about blood quantum, wannabes, and Indian identity, Native Americans and the Bering Strait theory, Y-Indian Princess and Y-Guide programs, Indian Princess, American Indian religion and spirituality on the Internet, and tribal tattoos. Currently under construction are Shawnee and the Shawnee culture page. We'll keep you posted!