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Breakthrough App to Allow for Online Learning of Lakota Language

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 27, 2019 - 12:00am

Published November 27, 2019

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — While online apps for language learners are not new, the ability to learn indigenous languages from North America is.

The Lakota Language Consortium and its sister organization, The Language Conservancy, are proud to announce the release of an online learning platform for the Lakota language called Owóksape.

Owóksape means “Place of Wisdom” in Lakota.

“The advantage of Owóksape is fundamentally that the designers and the developers of Owóksape have a level of expertise in indigenous language that is unparalleled among other equivalent language programs,” Wilhelm Meya, Executive Director of The Language Conservancy said.

The linguists working on the project have decades of experience working with indigenous languages and helped build Owóksape around indigenous language priorities, specifically the unique grammatical structures and phonology.

“Indigenous languages are much more complex than the languages currently taught using online learning platforms,” Meya said. “We’re building them around the nuances of indigenous languages.”

Owóksape also focuses on being culturally representative of the language. Not only are the visuals culturally appropriate, but the app includes cultural information such as the protocols that are required for speaking with elders, the use of kinship terminology and the nuances of male and female speech within the Lakota language.

Meya pointed to the variety of words used to express coming and going, such as the difference between hiyú (to start coming, to come forth, come toward), hinážiŋ (to come here and stand), hí (to arrive here, to get here, to come), uyá (to send subject toward here, to cause subject to come here) and í (to arrive at a place away from here).

“There are nuances in the verb structures that aren’t available in many other languages,” Meya said. “Owóksape is truly a powerful and effective way of learning language because it presents an authentic representation of the language and an authentic learning experience.”

The app features strong integration to social media platforms and classrooms to create collaborative environments and meet specific language-learning needs for indigenous communities.

Pedagogically, the learning modalities, spaced repetition and strong review algorithms are ahead of other online language learning platforms, thus making Owóksape the standard and model for the online learning of Lakota.

The Language Conservancy plans on using the same breakthrough technology to replicate the app in other indigenous languages.

“This is something that Language Conservancy is planning to do for all the major indigenous languages in North America, and we’re going to be able to apply this deep knowledge, both linguistic and cultural to this online language program that will set it apart,” Meya said. “From our perspective, Owóksape and the TLC online learning platform is the future of online learning in Indian Country, and this particular program is best suited for true language revitalization needs because we’re trying to build real speakers of the language, not just hobbyist learners who do it on the side.”

Owóksape can be used both online at owoksape.com or on a mobile device by downloading the app from the Apple App Store (https://apple.co/2NnNwkB) or the Google Play Store (https://bit.ly/2JCNog2).

Owóksape is sponsored by the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), South Dakota Community Foundation, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.

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Navajo Nation Vice President Lizer Joins President Trump for Signing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Executive Order

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 26, 2019 - 8:04pm

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Published November 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer and Second Lady Dottie Lizer joined President Donald Trump in the Oval Office, for the signing of an executive order to establish an inter-agency task force to address the epidemic of missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska persons. U.S. Attorney Gen. William Barr, U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, and other tribal leaders were also in attendance at the White House for the ceremony.

“This is another step forward for Indigenous nations throughout the country. I commend President Trump and his administration for recognizing the traumatic epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives. Throughout our tribal nations, we hear far too many stories of families, victims, and survivors so we need to keep our sacred women and children safe and protected,” said Vice President Lizer, who also had the honor of providing a prayer in the Oval Office moments prior to the signing of the executive order.

On Nov. 22, Attorney Gen. Barr announced the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Initiative, which will invest $1.5 million to hire specialized coordinators within the offices of U.S. Attorneys who will be tasked with developing protocols for a more coordinated response to violence against Indigenous people.

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Tuesday’s executive order will launch “Operation Lady Justice,” a task force led by Attorney General Barr and Secretary Bernhardt to develop an aggressive, government-wide strategy to improve the safety of Native American communities. The order will also allow tribal and local law enforcement to seek assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Justice Department, who will conduct an in-depth review of federal databases to determine best practices for collecting data on missing and murdered Indigenous persons.

“Our Native American people experience violence at a higher rate than any other nationality in the country. The lack of reporting and investigation of missing and murdered Indigenous peoples needs to be taken seriously,” said Vice President Lizer. “The executive order gives hope to our tribal nations that justice is being sought and that there is a path for healing of our families, victims, and survivors.”

“The issue of missing and murdered Indigenous persons has not only affected families, but it impacts communities. As leaders, we must continue to advocate for safety and justice for Native women and children. Most importantly, we need to address efforts to restore balance, love, and harmony within Native homes and communities,” said Second Lady Lizer.

The murder rate is ten times higher than the national average for American Indian women, with 84-percent experiencing some form of violence during their lifetime. There is still no reliable way of knowing how many Native women go missing each year because the databases that hold statistics of these cases are outdated. Besides, issues have arisen due to the lack of coordination between law enforcement agencies.

President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Lizer also continue to support the Savanna’s Act, which aims to protect American Indian women, men, and children from violent crimes. The Senate moved forward with its version in the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Committee earlier this week.

“The issues of Missing and murdered Indigenous women is a priority for the Nez-Lizer Administration. On behalf of the Navajo Nation, we extend our appreciation to the administration for taking this step to protect Indigenous women, children, and families. Much more needs to be done at every level of government to protect our people,” said President Nez.

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'We're fighters': Family of Winnipeg toddler killed in 2018 call for justice

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 6:54pm
Drake Catcheway

Family of a toddler who was killed in Winnipeg last year say they'll fight for justice so the little boy can rest in peace.

Categories: CANADA

Rally at Sask. Legislature calls for 'immediate' end to coerced sterilizations

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 6:01pm
Coerced sterilization rally

Lawyers who are leading a class action lawsuit against the Government of Canada and other governing bodies say it's 'shocking' how many women have come forward with allegations of coerced sterilization.

Categories: CANADA

Inquest called into death of man shot by Long Plain First Nation police force

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 5:51pm
Ben Richard

Manitoba’s chief medical examiner has called an inquest into the death of a man who was shot by police on Long Plain First Nation in April. 

Categories: CANADA

Canadian Western Agribition moves on without Indigenous pavilion

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 5:50pm
Agribition 2019 Pavilions catwalk thoroughfare Evraz Place

There are pavilions and booths for retailers, machinery, automobiles, animal grooming and even financial institutions, but none dedicated to Indgienous people at this year’s Canadian Western Agribition. 

Categories: CANADA

Trump establishes ‘Operation Lady Justice’ task force

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 26, 2019 - 5:50pm

The executive order for MMIW establishes ‘an interagency task force charged with developing an aggressive, government-wide strategy to address the crisis’

Categories: UNITED STATES

B.C. First Nations leaders worry U.N. Indigenous rights bill may be in trouble

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 5:17pm
Grand chiefs Ed John and Stewart Phillip

Indigenous leaders in the province are concerned newly-introduced UDNRIP legislation has been stalled at the committee stage.

Categories: CANADA

Custer Died For Your Sins, tribute from Lydia Wood

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

Individuals share how the book impacted their lives

Categories: UNITED STATES

Trump Targets 'Crisis' Of Missing, Murdered Native Americans

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 26, 2019 - 3:43pm
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that establishes a task force funded by the U.S. Department of Justice to address “legitimate concerns” about "missing and murdered indigenous women and girls."

Apache Tribe Continues To Press For Casino On NM Land

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 26, 2019 - 3:40pm
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe has reiterated to a D.C. federal court that it believes it is entitled to operate a casino on land it owns in New Mexico, pushing back on the National Indian Gaming Commission's arguments to the contrary.

FBI Seeking Information on ATM Skimming Scheme in Washington State and Montana

NATIVE NEWS ONLINE - November 26, 2019 - 3:37pm

Published November 26, 2019

SALT LAKE CITY — The FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the persons responsible for placing skimming devices on ATMs in Washington, then using the skimmed information in Montana, between March and April of 2019.

In early March of 2019, the unknown suspects placed skimming devices on ATMs at various locations in Vancouver, Washington. The devices were installed for the purpose of recording information from the debit and credit cards inserted by customers at those locations.

Between March 9 and March 10, 2019, information stolen via the skimming devices was used to make fraudulent withdrawals from ATMs at credit unions in Missoula, Montana. During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that skimming thefts had also occurred between March and April of 2019 at various locations in Deerlodge, Frenchtown, Butte, and Ennis, Montana.

Submit a Tip: Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the FBI’s Salt Lake City Field Office at (801) 579-6195.
You may also contact your local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

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Categories: UNITED STATES

New Program at Bay Mills Community College Offers Students Financial Assistance

TRIBAL COLLEGE JOURNAL - November 26, 2019 - 3:36pm

BAY MILLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CAMPUS BUILDING

Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) is now offering students financial support through the Waganakising Odawa Career and Technical Education Program (WOCTEP). The program provides support for associate degree and certificate programs in medical office studies,

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Categories: EDUCATION, UNITED STATES

Trump order creates task force on missing and murdered Native Americans

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 3:29pm
Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed an executive order creating a Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Categories: CANADA

Don't Delay Land Trust Mandate, Tribe Urges 10th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 26, 2019 - 1:41pm
An Oklahoma-based tribe asked the Tenth Circuit to deny the Cherokee Nation's bid to stay an appellate court decision letting the federal government take a parcel of land into trust for the tribe, saying its sovereign rights and economic interests would be harmed by a stay.

Mining Co. Says EPA Is Shifting Blame For Gold King Spill

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 26, 2019 - 1:32pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to shift blame for a 2015 Gold King Mine breach that contaminated water sources with toxic minerals, a mining company has said in response to the agency's bid to toss its more than $30 million in counterclaims.

Disney Signed Contract With Indigenous Leaders For Frozen 2

POWWOWS.COM - November 26, 2019 - 1:12pm

Disney Signed Contract With Indigenous Leaders For Frozen 2Disney doesn't have the best track record for handling other cultures in movies! Pocahantas, Aladdin, Moana, Song of the South just to name a few. Given recent events, the leadership at Disney may finally be heading in the right direction......

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Categories: POWWOW, UNITED STATES

'When is it going to stop?' asks Sask. mother who lost 10-year-old girl to suicide

CBC ABORIGINAL NEWS - November 26, 2019 - 12:52pm
Jaylyn Angus suicide

Hundreds of students who returned to school on Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation on Tuesday morning were met by crisis counsellors in the wake of a girl's suicide and several suicide attempts in the community that followed.

Categories: CANADA

It only looks pretty

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 26, 2019 - 12:36pm

Heavy snow, airplane cancellations reported before holiday weekend

Categories: UNITED STATES

Living in a click bait world

INDIAN COUNTRY MEDIA NETWORK - November 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

Poll: Social media is a political news paradox

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