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The US Congress is currently considering two bills which would fund programs for the teaching and revitalization of Native American languages. The Linguistic Society of America has set up an online form with a template letter for anyone who wishes to contact their Congressional representatives in support of this legislation.
More information on these bills is available from the Linguistic Society of America and the National Indian Education Association. The LSA is working with the ILI, the NIEA, and many other Native and language-focused organizations to raise awareness of this issue.


Our Mission

The Indigenous Language Institute provides vital language related services to Native communities so that their individual identities, traditional wisdom and values are passed on to future generations in their original languages.

Guiding Philosophy

ILI’s guiding philosophy is to “help create speakers” of endangered indigenous languages while we still have speakers left.

This work is URGENT. Collectively we must work diligently with haste within a ten-year window, careful not to duplicate efforts, to turn the tide of language decline so that indigenous languages become a vibrant component of everyday life in Indian communities.

What We Do

ILI Researches, Teaches and Shares information and tools to empower Native communities to make their languages SEEN and HEARD everywhere and by everyone.

ILI’s tools and training help people create their own Native language materials to develop textbooks, teaching aids, films, digital stories, as well as flyers, brochures, posters, toys, and signage.

Languagegeek© customized keyboard layouts and fonts enable any indigenous language to live on computers and the internet. Sending e-mails, building web-pages, and desktop publishing are all available for all indigenous languages.

ILI works with all tribes and nations to complement and enhance their existing language programs.








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Indigenous Language Institute
Street Address: 1501 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM • 87505 • USA
Phone: 505/820–0311 • Fax: 505/820–0316
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