Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) is advocating for the inclusion of a provision in the next coronavirus relief bill to establish a Native American Language Resource Center (NALRC) to support Native American language education schools and programs hit hard by COVID-19 impacts. The Center would promote best practices in Native American language education; provide outreach to students and families; acquisition of distance learning technologies and training for parents, students, teachers and learning support staff; compile digital libraries and curate other online resources in target Native American languages; develop distance learning curricula appropriate for Preschool to PhD levels, pedagogical training for teachers, and other efforts necessary to continue Native American language acquisition among American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. The Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies (JNCL-NCLIS) supports the inclusion of this provision and believes that the establishment of a NALRC will help to advance the purposes of the Native American Languages Act, and move forward key recommendations of the America’s Languages report. You can help forward Native American language goals by endorsing below. As an endorser, your organization's name will be added to the list of supporters to be circulated in the Senate to show the strong network of support behind this provision.
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