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Here you will find opportunity listings for the following categories:

We will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.
We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare
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Tusweca Tiospaye presents

The Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Language Summit 2009
Uniting the Seven Council Fires to Save the Language
November 12-14, 2009, Rapid City, SD.


  • Darrell Kipp, Co-Founder of the Piegan Institute
  • Ryan Wilson, Founder of the National Alliance to Save Native Languages
  • Oswald McKay, Co-Founder of the Canku Kaga Dakota Family Immersion School


  • Earl Bullhead - Signals of the Heart
  • Albert White Hat - Philosophy of the Language, Original vs. Modern Meanings, and Subcultures of the Lakota language
  • Joseph Lafferty - Becoming the First Generation of the Next 7
  • Chief Cameron Alexis - Alberta Sioux/Stonies
  • Stephanie Charging Eagle - Using Symbolism to Teach Indigenous Knowledge
  • Sitting Bull School & LiveAndTell - LiveAndTell: Computer Tools for Language Teachers
  • Jim Green & Rosalie Little Thunder - Using YouTube to Teach Lakota
  • Indigenous Language Institute - Ancient Voices, Modern Tools: Creating Your Own Language Materials
  • Charley White Elk - Icun Wa Kapin
  • John Peacock - Setting More Reasonable Language Learning Goals Than Fluency
  • Almona Kills In Water - Learning and Preserving the Lakota Language
  • Edward Starr - Traditional Government
  • Peter Hill - Learning Lakota as a Second Language
  • Delphine Red Shirt - Writing Systems that Work in Translation
  • Dakota Iapi Teunkindapi Consortium - Keeping the Dakota Language Alive
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Ventures - Planning for Lakota Immersion Child Care
  • Ahkwesahsne Freedom School - Role Modeling Method on How to Speak Your language
  • Wilmer Mesteth - Historical Songs
  • Cultural Survival - Exploring the Use of Native Languages by Mass Media Projects
  • Dottie LeBeau - How Oppression and Internalized Oppression Affects Our Lakota Language
  • Thornton Media - Cherokee Company Presents Nintendo DSi and iPod Touch/iPhone to Save Endangered Languages
  • Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium - Alternative AYP: What 8 Schools are doing
  • Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre - First Nations Language & Cultural Strategies in Saskatchewan
  • Ben Black Bear Jr. & Sandra Black Bear - Lakota Idiomatic Expressions
  • Canku Kaga Dakota Family Immersion School - Honoring Our Mothers' and Grandmothers' Teachings: Dakota Family Immersion
  • Mary Louise Defender Wilson & The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribal Historic Preservation Office - Tanpa Wokeya: The Dakota Plank House
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tribal Education Department - Overview of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's Lakota Language Preservation Program
  • Faith Spotted Eagle - Language Nest
  • Leonard Little Finger - Spirit In Lakota Land

Fpr more information:

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Boozhoo All!
Its that time again to get the word out about the UW-Superior’s American Indian Art Scholarship Exhibit.

Attached is a form that has ALL the submission rules and regulations for the 2010 Show but I will include some of the pertinent information in the body of this message. 2010 AIASE Form

Exhibit History:
This exhibit was created in 1995 as an event to highlight the artistic talents of American Indian youth in an exhibit that also showcased professional – prominent American Indian artists in one exhibit. This annual exhibit has proven to be a successful recruitment tool for this university in connecting American Indian high school students (and their families) to this university. This is an essential diverse program, on our campus and in our community, that encourages respect and a cultural understanding of the American Indian community.

In the 2009 Exhibit, we had 17 Professional Native Artists and 43 Native High School Student Artists that exhibited in the show. The high school student who places first in the high school competition wins a $1,000.00 scholarship to attend UW-Superior. Brad Barney, a Fond du Lac Ojibwe student and currently a Senior at Al-Brook High School (Sawyer, MN) took the first place honor in the last exhibit with his woodcut. To clarify, ONLY the high school student work is juried for placement in a competition. The professional artists entries are juried to be accepted into the show and then the accepted works are placed in the show with no further jurying done.


  • February 11 – Entry Submission Postmark Deadline
  • February 16 – Notification of Accepted Works
  • March 22, 23, 24 & 25 - Delivery of Accepted Works
  • April 7 – Exhibit Opens
  • April 28 – Art Workshop with 2010 Featured Artist Jonathan Thunder / Art Market / Closing Artists Reception / Exhibit Closes / Entries Returned

2010 Featured Artist Information:
Jonathan Thunder, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation, is a Painter and Digital Media artist who currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has been featured in this exhibit for the past 3 years. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa, Fe and graduated from the Arts Institutes International Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His works have been featured in many state, regional and national exhibitions and in publications. To view his work and his extended bio you can view his website at


  • Must be American Indian/First Nation, 18 years of age or older and reside in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Entries must be originals and produced without the supervision of an instructor
  • Entries must not exceed 6 ft X 6 ft or over 50 lbs
  • All mediums accepted and 4 entries can be submitted


  • Entries will be juried by the Show’s committee from slides, internet submittal (jpgs) or photographs
  • Artists can’t substitute another work for an accepted work. Accepted entries will be the only accepted entries for show.
  • The committee has the right to refuse any work that doesn’t comply to the submission requirements or meet the size requirement

Send Entries to:
Ivy Vainio at or mailing address: UW-Superior, Main 230 – PO Box 2000, Superior, WI 54880 by the deadline date of January 11, 2010 (entry postmark deadline).

Please contact me at 715-394-8415 or by email: Also inquire about how Native high school students can submit their works!

Ivy Vainio
Multicultural Student Support Services
Office of Multicultural Affairs
University of Wisconsin-Superior

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