2011 NATIONAL NATIVE LANGUAGE REVITALIZATION SUMMIT
Promoting Indigenous Language Rights in Practice:
Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill
Wednesday, June 22
Join fellow grassroots advocates and volunteers for Native American, Native Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian languages in delivering a positive message to Congress about a growing Indigenous language revitalization movement operating at maximum capacity with limited federal support.
At a time of great language shift, loss, and recovery for Native communities you can make a difference in ensuring the timeless tribal worldviews living in these precious heritage languages are both protected, and spoken anew by future generations.
Speak with your Congressional representatives and Senators on behalf of Native language rights. Emphasize the academic value of bilingualism and multilingualism for Native students, and Congress' role in helping support Native communities in both implementing language rights and successfully revitalizing Native languages. Defend Indigenous language rights with Cultural Survival and the National Alliance to Save Native Languages.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: U.S. Capitol grounds, Constitution Ave. N.E. / Between Delaware Ave. N.E. and First St. N.E.
National Native Language Revitalization Summit attendees shuttle service: 7:45 a.m. Shuttle (24 passenger van - 703-941-4900) will depart from the Comfort Inn and Suites, 1600 New York Ave N.E. for Constitution Ave. N.E. / Between Delaware Ave. N.E. & First St. N.E.
WEDENESDAY, JUNE 22
8:30 a.m. Press Conference and Rally with Carcieri Summit for Tribal Lands, Languages & Cultural Rights
U.S. Capitol grounds (Constitution Ave. NE, between Delaware Ave. NE – First St. NE)
10:00 a.m. Language Summit Participants Pick up Talking Points and Legislative Folders for Office Visits to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Membership
Senate Dirksen Building Rm. 628 (Constitution Ave. NE / First St. NE)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Presentations by Members of Congress on federal trust responsibility for Tribal Lands, Languages, and Cultures
Senate Dirksen Building Rm. 628
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Language Summit Participants Conduct Congressional Office Visits
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Language Summit Afternoon Session
Welcome: Cultural Survival, National Alliance to Save Native Languages
Language Summit Briefings, Updates from Tribal Leaders/Language Programs, Meeting Report-Backs, Discussion of Congressional Requests/Follow-Up
Senate Dirksen Building Rm. 215
2011 Summit Sponsors: Barona Band of Mission Indians, Cultural Survival,
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, National Alliance to Save Native Languages,
Santa Ynez Chumash Band of Chumash Indians
ACCOMMODATIONS for the 2011 National Native Language Revitalization Summit
Comfort Inn & Suites near Union Station
1600 New York Avenue N.E. Washington, DC 20002
TEL: 202-832-3200 FAX: 202-832-1791
Comfort Inn & Suites Courtesy Shuttle to/from Union Station:
Morning hours, 7 a.m-11 a.m., and evening hours 5 p.m.-11 p.m
Shuttle from DC Airports (Dulles, National): www.supershuttle.com
Flights to BWI (Baltimore) connect via Amtrak, MARC Commuter Rail & Bus
to Union Station.
For more information on the educational event "Celebrating Native American Language Revitalization in Film," scheduled in Washington, D.C. for Tuesday, June 21 (10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) visit Cultural Survival's Endangered Languages Program at www.cs.org.
When & Where
Cultural Survival Endangered Languages Program
Cultural Survival is a global leader in the protection of Indigenous Peoples' lands, languages, and cultures. Along with local partners, we advocate for Indigenous communities whose lands, livelihoods, and ways of life are under threat from unscrupulous government or corporate interests. We also empower Indigenous Peoples to represent themselves before intergovernmental and other international institutions; to promote their values within their communities; and to restore and retain their languages and cultural traditions. Our award-winning magazine, the Cultural Survival Quarterly, has been published for more than 30 years, and the full archive is available on our website: www.cs.org.
Endangered Languages Program:
One of our central programs is the Endangered Languages Program because 70 of the remaining 139 Native American languages will disappear in the next 5 years unless action is taken right now to teach them to younger tribal citizens. Hundreds of Native American communities are in immediate need of additional funding, political support, and training to make their language revitalization programs work. We work on all three fronts.
All of Cultural Survival's work is based on the principles set forth in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.