Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Historic Preservation Office and
Kanien'keha (Mohawk Language) teacher Katsi'tsienhá:wi
Carole Ross are conducting an online survey to help make language
instruction easier and more convenient for community members.
AKWESASNE The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Historic Preservation
Office has launched an online survey aimed at strengthening Kanien'keha
(Mohawk language) in the Akwesasne community. The survey is being
conducted online and gives individuals the opportunity to share
their experiences and expectations to help improve how language
classes are offered.
"The Mohawk language is a direct reflection of our cultural
values and traditions," said Kanien'keha teacher, Katsi'tsienhá:wi
Carole Ross. Katsi'tsienhá:wi noted, "Once our language disappears;
or begins to disappear; our efforts to maintain cultural values
that are linked to our language become more difficult. You can't
have one without the other; language=culture=language."
In addition to providing annual financial support to the Akwesasne
Freedom School, a Mohawk language immersion school program founded
in 1979, the Tribe has been offering a language learning lab instructed
by Katsi'tsienhá:wi. The Mohawk language center has an easy-to-use
Can 8®computerized language program produced by Akwesasne Economic
Development Agency and offers instruction for three levels of proficiency:
Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
Individual language classes for Beginners and Intermediate;
as well as for a combination of mixed ability speakers; are offered
throughout the week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Advanced
speakers are encouraged to make appointments with Katsi'tsienhá:wi
to learn at their own convenience, with the language lab open for
self-instruction for all level of speakers at any time. The lab
is open to anyone who wishes to use it at any time during Tribal
business hours whether Katsi'tsienhá:wi is in the
office, or not. All you need is an ID and Password which is provided
for free upon request.
"The Tribe has entrusted the Historic Preservation Office with
protecting, preserving and maintaining our Kanien'keha (Mohawk Language)
language within the community and the workplace," said Program Manager
Arnold Printup. He noted, "We continue to welcome any community
members or employees interested in learning the language for free
however, with the low participation rate we are asking for the community's
help to see how we can better accommodate and improve how classes
For the next two months, until December 19th, the Historic Preservation
Office is asking for community members' assistance in completing
a short online survey, which can be accessed from the Tribe's website
at www.srmt-nsn.gov. The questions
range from 11 to 23 depending on interest in learning the
language, as well as the ability to provide comments on how instruction
can be improved. The survey only takes seven minutes to complete.
For more information or to join a language class, please call
Katsi'tsienhá:wi Carole Ross at (518) 358-2272 or stop by
the Language Lab located in the lobby of the Community Building.