Spring into Action

Help us promote the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples and preserve and defend the rights and civil liberties of all Native Americans.  Your generosity will support our scope of work, including but not limited to environmental rights and social justice issues; culture and language preservation; religious freedom and protection of sacred places; criminal justice initiatives; and community wellness and safety programs (e.g., use of ceremony for prevention and COVID crisis relief).

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Mvskoke Language Program

The Mvskoke Language Program was established to preserve, maintain and revitalize the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, by connecting with tribal elders, encouraging adult citizens, and teaching the Nation’s children the significance of reading, writing, and speaking the language of its ancestors.

Rosetta Stone and Navajo Nation Partnership

The Rosetta Stone Endangered Language Program works with native language communities to create custom Rosetta Stone software for use in their language revitalization programs. Through a variety of development models designed to make Rosetta Stone software available to a wide range of indigenous groups, the Endangered Language Program promotes global linguistic diversity and embodies Rosetta Stone’s belief that language learning makes the world a better place.

Across the globe, children in countless cultures are losing the language of their parents and grandparents. As each new generation becomes ever more isolated from its past, its ancestral language slips farther out of reach—endangered and at risk of not surviving. As many as 50 to 90 percent of the world’s 6,800 languages may be extinct within this century.

Diné Bizaad (Navajo) is spoken within the Navajo Nation in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. Though some estimates show that Navajo is still spoken by over 100,000 persons, the decline in fluency among younger generations of tribal members is progressing at an alarming rate.

Sponsored by Navajo Language Renaissance the Navajo Rosetta Stone software is available for use in Navajo schools, homes and chapter houses.

The Endangered Language Program has worked with other Indigenous languages across North America, including: 

  • Kanien’kéha (Mohawk), spoken within the Kahnawake Mohawk community in Kahnawake, Quebec 
  • Sitimaxa (Chitimacha), spoken within the Chitimacha community of Charenton, Louisiana
  • Iñupiaq (Coastal) and Iñupiaq (Kobuk/Selawik), two dialects spoken within NANA region of Alaska
  • Iñupiaq (North Slope), spoken on the North Slope of Alaska
  • Inuttitut, spoken within the Inuit communities of the Nunatsiavut autonomous area in Canada.

Rosetta Stone Navajo online subscriptions are available for use on mobile devices and desktop in homes, schools, libraries, and Chapter Houses across the Navajo Nation and beyond. With the Online Student Management Program, teachers of Navajo are able to plan group or individual lessons, keep track of students’ time on each exercise, record their scores and transfer their records to other folders.

Note: This software should not be thought of as a replacement for existing Navajo language programs, but rather as a supplement to help revitalize the language of the Diné. Educational studies show that the stronger a child’s command of his native language, the more quickly and proficiently he will learn and achieve in a second language. Also, proficiency in a common language strengthens the community bond between young and old.

Navajo Language Renaissance is the sole owner of Rosetta Stone Navajo. Rosetta Stone Ltd. does not sell or receive any funds from the sale of Rosetta Stone Navajo. Since Navajo Language Renaissance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, all proceeds go toward the production of Navajo Language revitalization materials.

Native American Languages in New Mexico

In New Mexico there are eight Native American Languages spoken. There are eleven New Mexico counties with Native American lands. 

TIWATEWAKERESTOWA
Isleta PuebloNambe PuebloAcoma PuebloJemez Pueblo
Picuris PuebloPojoaque PuebloCochiti Pueblo 
Sandia PuebloSan Ildefonso PuebloLaguna Pueblo 
Taos PuebloOhkay Owingeh PuebloSan Felipe Pueblo 
 Santa Clara PuebloSanta Ana Pueblo 
 Tesuque PuebloSanto Domingo Pueblo 
  Zia Pueblo 
ZUNINAVAJOMESCALERO APACHEJICARILLA APACHE
Zuni PuebloNavajo NationMescalero ApacheJicarilla Apache Nation
 Alamo Navajo Band  
 To’hajilee Navajo Band  
 Ramah Navajo Band  

Pueblo Native Languages

Unlike other confederacies of related Indigenous Peoples such as the Iroquois or Wabanaki, the Pueblo People are linguistically diverse, speaking languages from four unrelated language families: 

  • The Acoma, Cochiti, Laguna, San Felipe, Santa Ana, Santo Domingo, and Zia Pueblos speak Keresan languages. 
  • The Isleta, Jemez, Nambe, Picuris, Pojoaque, Sandia, San Ildefonso, San Juan, Santa Clara, Taos, Tesuque, and Tigua/Ysleta del Sur Pueblos speak Kiowa-Tanoan languages. 
  • The Zuni speak their own language which is not known to be related to any other. More

Online Cherokee Classes

The Cherokee Nation offers free online Cherokee language classes. Classes are held within an online language portal to allow for easy navigation of resources.

The language portal is now home to the Online Cherokee Language Class taught by Ed Fields each spring and fall, and also contains newly introduced, self-paced classes.

Visit https://learn.cherokee.org to register and begin learning the Cherokee language.

Star Gazing and Story Telling Event

Star Gazing and Story Telling Event – Save the Date

Jan. 25, 2020 – 5:30 pm

The Dine Langauge Class with the support of the IRC will be hosting another event that will be free to the community. One of our very own language members (Gloria Ann Begay) will be facilitating a stargazing event. We also have a special guest who will be sharing knowledge of Navajo Coyote stories that will be joining us, his name is Ravis Henry. This event is to focus on building K’e and making connections in our community here in Albuquerque and surrounding areas (Tohajiilee and Santa Fe).