6706Native Tongues - kval 13 news by Sarah Ferren
- Jun 1, 2005Well, it's not the subscription version,
but it will have to do. Heck I might even
send this to Joe, perhaps he may know a
quilifed scholar that would love this job.
May 31, 2005
By Sarah Ferren
Lane Community College will be the first in Oregon to offer an
American Indian language course, thanks to a $1 million gift from an
Interest income from the donation will be used to invite an Indian
scholar to spend a year at the school planning the new language
LCC has not decided which language it will offer. That will depend
on the background of the person who teaches it. But Lane Community
College President Mary Spilde says it will be a language spoken by a
Northwest tribe. The college hopes to choose a scholar by this
Ultimately, the college hopes that students will be able to apply the
credits earned from the program to the language requirement for a
Only about six of the 25 tribal languages that existed in Oregon
before Europeans arrived are still spoken, mostly by elders.
Teaching the languages in college is seen as a way to preserve the
languages and learn about Native American culture and history.
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