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Fostering Taiwan’s Indigenous Languages

The Executive Yuan, the executive branch of the Government of the Republic of China, approved a bill to foster the development of indigenous languages in Taiwan, introducing accreditation tests for aboriginal language proficiency and public signage in indigenous languages. Of Taiwan's 42 languages and dialects, nine are considered vulnerable (Amis, Bunun, Paiwan, Puyuma, Rukai, Taroko, Tayal, Tsou, and Yami), five are...

Indigenous Peoples Day vs. Columbus Day

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1942 to "discover" the Americas. His arrival has been celebrated by American citizens on the 2nd Monday of October since Columbus Day became a federal holiday in 1937, but recently more and more cities are instead observing Indigenous Peoples Day to commemorate the history and contributions of indigenous peoples across the country. Those against the...

Navajo Nation Loosens Language Requirement for Leadership

Recently, the collective voice of the Navajo Nation passed a referendum to change the language requirements for the positions of tribal president and vice president. The referendum eliminates the need for potential leaders to be fluent in Navajo, giving voters more freedom in who they can elect for office. Starting with the 2018 election, there will be a possibility...

Peru Officially Recognizes 24 Indigenous Languages

The Peruvian Ministry of Education worked with indigenous communities to officially recognize the alphabets of 24 indigenous languages. The measure states; "Thus, these 24 alphabets should be used by public entities every time they have to issue written information addressed to these ethnic groups, as it is established by the Law 29735, which regulates the use, preservation, development, recovery,...

Indigenous Languages and Digital Activism

Using technology to research and preserve indigenous languages and cultures is a growing trend in various countries. The New South Wales government announced funding for the use of smart technology to preserve Aboriginal languages and in the United States groups have begun to promote native languages with mobile applications. Internet users in Colombia have also been actively using digital media tools to revitalize...

Will You Accept the Indigenous Language Challenge?

In the same vein as the ice-bucket challenge that raised awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a video challenge to raise awareness and fostering respect for speakers of indigenous languages is going strong after seven months and thousands of videos. The Indigenous Language Challenge prompts speakers to record a video in an indigenous language and then call out someone...

Congress Considers Indigenous Language Bills

The Linguistic Society of America is working closely with the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) to raise awareness within Congress about the importance of Native American language revitalization. In June, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs examined two bills that are pending in both houses of Congress that would promote indigenous language revitalization. More...

Discovery of Indigenous Language Documentation

A treasure trove of indigenous language documents from across Australia may help in the revitalization of the country's struggling native tongues. The accounts of early contact between Aboriginal people and European settlers were discovered during a forensic search of the unpublished papers filed away in the basement of the colonial New South Wales State Library. Making notes of indigenous vocabulary helped...

Celebrate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

2013 Theme: "Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honoring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements"The International Day of the World's Indigenous People (9 August) was first proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 – 2004).In 2004, the Assembly proclaimed a Second International Decade,...