Saturday, May 28, 2022

Play

High gas prices are not slowing down Memorial Day travel, early voting starts tomorrow in Nevada, and Oregon activists seek accountability for dioxin contamination in low-income Eugene.

Play

Education Secretary Cardona calls for action after the Texas massacre, Republicans block a domestic terrorism vote, and Secretary of State Blinken calls China the greatest challenger to U.S. and its allies.

Play

High-speed internet is being used to entice remote workers to rural communities, Georgia is offering Black women participation in a guaranteed income initiative, and under-resourced students in Montana get a boost toward graduation.

Protecting the Future by Restoring Indigenous Languages

Play

Tuesday, October 5, 2021   

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- In anticipation of a new, decade-long focus on preserving indigenous languages, the first-ever conference on "Restoring and Protecting Our Native Languages and Landscapes" begins today.

The United Nations has designated the period between 2022 and 2032 as the International Decade of the World's Indigenous People.

Adriana Hernández, emerging strategies coordinator for the group Cultural Survival, which will host the virtual conference, said the goal is to recognize the urgent steps needed for native cultures to revitalize and claim ownership of their languages and cultures.

"It's all connected," Hernández explained. "Our cultures, languages, and our general well-being of indigenous peoples is connected to languages."

There were once more than 300 indigenous languages spoken in the United States, but only about 175 remain, according to the Indigenous Language Institute. The free, three-day event starts today and runs through Thursday. More information is online at culturalsurvival.org.

Hernández pointed out many of the conference panels will include the voices of people working in their communities, to share what has been successful and what is needed to make progress.

"We're going to have speakers from South America, Central America, the U.S., Canada, Asia, Africa, Australia, Myanmar, Kenya, exchanging ideas," Hernández outlined.

Hernández also believes language revitalization and biodiversity protection are inextricably linked in the fight against climate change.

"We will not be able to name flora, fauna, and what's happening in the environment if we are not able to preserve our languages," Hernández warned.

According to Cultural Survival, around the globe there are 476 million Indigenous people that belong to 5,000 different groups, in 90 countries, speaking 4,000 languages.


get more stories like this via email
Early voting locations will be open across Nevada for several weeks, from May 28 through June 10. (Jlmcanally/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The Nevada primary election is June 14, and early voting starts tomorrow and runs through June 10. Mail balloting is now permanent, so every active …


Social Issues

Democrats in the Florida Legislature are reviving calls for stricter gun-control laws, following the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Florida's …

Environment

This week, in honor of World Otter Day, conservation groups are looking to raise awareness about efforts to restore sea otters along more areas of …


There's been a roughly 38% drop in drowning deaths over the past two decades. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

With the unofficial start to summer, pools around Ohio are opening this Memorial Day weekend, and when it comes to swim time, experts encourage …

Environment

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of water recreation season, and before putting on a swimsuit, Iowa environmental experts say being mindful …

A 2019 report from the Economic Policy Institute found teacher shortages were especially acute in higher-poverty schools. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

As the nation processes the horrific shooting in Uvalde, where 19 children and two teachers were killed, teachers' unions across Illinois and America …

Social Issues

The cost of heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend will be higher than past years, with higher gas prices and inflation hitting travelers…

Health and Wellness

One of Connecticut's largest health systems launched a new resource in Hartford this month, aimed at helping patients access healthy and nutritious …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021