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SHI Wins $455,000 Language-Revitalization Grant
Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say the organization has won a federal grant that will go toward a Tlingit language program.
Juneau- Sealaska Heritage Institute officials say the organization has won a federal grant that will go toward a Tlingit language program.
The $454,828 grant is from the Administration of Native Americans for Language Preservation and Maintenance. The money will establish a mentor-apprentice program in Southeast Alaska.
Institute officials say the goal to perpetuate and revitalize the Tlingit language.
The Institute plans to partner with three communities, fluent speakers and advanced Tlingit learners. Officials say the program will aim to increase by 300 percent the Tlingit language fluency of Tlingit learners in those communities who are under the age of 60.
SHI president Rosita Worl says the communities are still to be determined.
Sealaska Heritage Institute is the nonprofit cultural and educational arm of Juneau-based Sealaska Corp., a regional Native corporation.