Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute

About the Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute

Our Indigenous languages are at the foundation of our cultural practices, well-being, knowledge, and worldviews as Alaska Native peoples. It was an honor for the UAF College of Indigenous Studies to host Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute(ANLRI) at the Troth Yeddha’ campus to help advance the work for our language futures.

This institute comes at a pivotal time for Alaska Native language revitalization efforts. On April 25, 2018, the 30th Alaska Legislature passed a resolution urging Governor Walker to recognize the state of emergency that our languages are in and to work expeditiously with the Alaska Native Language Preservation and Advisory Council (ANLPAC), Alaska Native organizations, the legislature and other agencies to ensure the survival and continued use of all 20 of the state’s Alaska Native languages. In addition, the resolution calls for the Governor, in cooperation with the legislature and Alaska Native organizations, to initiate and strengthen legislative and policy measures that prioritize the survival and continued use of the state’s Alaska Native languages.

The ANLRI has renowned Indigenous language revitalization experts from Alaska, Hawaii and Canada offering break out and plenary sessions to help teams identify and develop strategies for their work. Participants have an opportunity to determine, with their teams, how they will spend this time working and learning to promote language revitalization efforts. Networking sessions have been scheduled to allow you to engage and collaborate with other experts and learners to help strengthen your work.


Event archive

Tehotakerá:tonh Jeremy D. Green, Ph.D. (Candidate)

"Teho' is a sessional lecturer and researcher in the Ongwehón:we Language Degree Program (B.A.) at Six Nations Polytechnic, a sessional lecturer at Brock University and when offered, a 3rd-year instructor in the Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa Adult Mohawk Language Immersion Program.

Teho is currently drafting original course outlines for the Ongwehón: We Language Teacher Education Program to be offered at Six Nations Polytechnic (Dip/B.Ed.). Teho is an independent Indigenous language revitalization consultant whose recent work has focused on: strategic language planning for Indigenous communities, institutions and organizations; evaluations of elementary and adult language schools and programs, proficiency development, teaching and assessment; and immersion and second language teacher training and professional development.

Teho is a founding member of Skaronhesehkó:wa Tsyohterakenra'kó:wa Tsi Yontaweya'táhkwa, a Waldorf-inspired Mohawk immersion K-8 school. Teho was a primary/junior Mohawk immersion teacher (grades 1-6); a native second language teacher (grades 4-8) and a language specialist at the Kentyohkwa'ón: We Six Nations Mohawk Language Nest.

Joel Isaak


Joel Isaak is a nationally recognized artist for his cross-cultural explorations and is constantly traveling to teach workshops, consult, lecture, and conduct research. He uses his research at Natural History Museums and indigenous cultural study to reconcile living in-between two worlds. He is an artist who develops his practice based on wonderment of how the physical and social world operates. Isaak has a passion for learning, teaching, and communicating that he carries with him in all his walks of life. Beginning his undergraduate program exploring Chemistry, Isaak ultimately graduated with a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Isaak completed his MFA at Alfred University and is working to developing an educational model that combines a formal Western education system with customary traditional Native Alaskan life ways.

Keiki Kawai'ae'a, Ph.D.


Dr.Kawai'ae'a is the Director of Ka Haka "Ula o Ke'elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai"i Hilo. Beginning as a parent and educator of Hawaiian speaking children, Dr. Kawai'ae'a has played a primary and proactive role in the development of Hawaiian medium programs/schools, teacher education and curriculum development to reestablish and renormalize Hawaiian medium education P-25 (cradle-college-work community).

Over the last decade her work has focused on improving culturally responsive ways for addressing student learning success through the development of the Nā Honua Mauli Ola cultural pathways, the Moenahā culture-based curriculum design method and the Ulukau Electronic Library. She has received several honors for her work in Hawaiian education including the National Indian Education Association's Educator of the Year and the College Board's Henrietta Mann Leadership Award.

Larry L. Kimura, Ph.D.


Dr. Kimura, Associate Professor of Hawaiian Language at Ka Haka "Ula O Ke'elikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at UHH. Chairperson of the Hawaiian Lexicon (new Hawaiian words) Committee for the Hale Kuamo'o Hawaiian Language Center of the College focusing on Hawaiian curriculum development and teacher licensing for Hawai'i's DOE K-12 Hawaiian Immersion / Medium Programs. Dr. Kimura is a Co-Principal Investigator for NSF & NEH grants to digitize and archive spoken native Hawaiian speech documentation. He has been recording Hawai'i's last native Hawaiian speakers since 1966 and most significantly through hosting the Ka Leo Hawai'i radio program of some 525 hours of first language Hawaiian speakers for 16 years, from 1972 - 1988. Dr. Kimura is the first President and Co-Founder of Hawai'i's first Pūnana Leo Hawaiian language medium preschools.

Owennatekha (Brian Maracle)


Owennatekha Brian Maracle is an instructor and the program co-ordinator at Onkwawenna Kentyohkwa a community-based adult immersion program he co-founded with his wife Audrey in 1999. Located on the Six Nations Grand River Territory near Toronto, the program enables adults to become proficient ("fluent") speakers of Kanyen'keha (the "Mohawk" language) after two school years. The program uses a unique teaching method that sister language programs in other communities have borrowed and adapted to begin creating adult speakers.

William H. Wilson (Pila), Ph.D.


Dr. Wilson (Pila) is a linguist and the founding chair of what has grown into the state Hawaiian language college. He has been a key developer of every program of the college from its initial B.A. through to the Ph.D. Pila has also been instrumental in developing the College's P-12 demonstration Hawaiian medium laboratory school Nāwahī. His wife, Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā, is the director of the school and their two children also graduated there. Pila's family was among the first to revitalize Hawaiian as the language of the home. He is a founding board member of the "Aha Pūnana Leo, Inc. that began the modern movement for Hawaiian medium education and serves on several boards locally and nationally.

Gwich'in Agendas:

Denaakk'e & Benhti Kokht'ana Kenaga' Agenda:

Tehotakerá:tonh Jeremy D. Green, Ph.D (Candidate):

Owennatekha (Brian Maracle)

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Editorial in the May 29 online edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner lauded the value of ANLRI: “Since Alaska Native Languages Preservation and Advisory Council released a grim report about the future of Alaska Native languages, this (Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute) was the most significant and proactive step taken toward preserving these languages.”


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Read the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner story here or download the PDF.

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Read the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner story here or download the PDF.

Read UAF addresses 'Native linguistic emergency' (May 19, 2018 link) or download the PDF.

Editorial was syndicated by the Associated Press (May 23, 2018) and Canada's National Post