News Release
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
PO Box 638, Pendleton, Oregon, 97801
Phone: 541-276-3165, FAX: 541-276-3095

For Immediate Release: Oct. 18, 2005
Contact: Mildred Quaempts, 541-966-2254, Teara Farrow, 541-276-3629

 

Language Program and Cultural Resources
to host open house

 

Mission, OR - The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation's Language Program and Cultural Resources Protection Program will be host an open house Oct. 25 at the Mission Longhouse from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m..

The Open House will give the community an opportunity to learn about the Master-Apprentice projects, meet the Master Language Teachers, Apprentices, Language Program Coordinator, review the texts completed by Tribal Linguist, and learn about the Cultural Resources Protection Program.

The CTUIR Education Department has received grants totaling $585,000 from the Nathan and Violet David Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and the US Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans (ANA) for preserving and maintaining the CTUIR's three languages: Cayuse/Nez Perce, Umatilla, and Walla Walla.

Specifically, the Nathan and Violet David Foundation awarded $30,000 to fund a pilot Master-Apprentice Program where two apprentices -- Jeremiah Farrow and Linda Sampson -- are paired with tribal elders to learn, listen, understand and speak the Walla Walla Language directly from Master Speakers Edith McCloud and Cecilia Bearchum.

The Lannan Foundation awarded $30,000 to fund three Master-Apprentice Teams for three months.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Native Americans (ANA) will provide $175,000 per year for three years to fund 6 apprentices as part of the Wíyat'ish Naknúwit "For the Future" Language Project, a project that will involve instruction to students at Nixyáawii Community School. At the end of the three-year project, the apprentices will be eligible for licensure by the CTUIR and the state of Oregon's Teacher Standards and Practices Commission as teachers of Cayuse/Nez Perce, Umatilla and Walla Walla languages.

Of the CTUIR's 2,525 enrolled members, only 44 remaining elders speak the native languages. In the Master-Apprentice model, the apprentices partner with the tribal elders to learn, listen, understand and speak the language.

For more information contact Mildred Quaempts at 966-2254 or Teara Farrow at 276-3629.




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