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Promote the Survival and Continuing Vitality of Native American Languages


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) and the Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI)
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Objectives: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) offers Native Language programs to promote and ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) Grants are 12, 24 or 36-month projects that enable communities to conduct a broad range of projects including teacher credentialing, language instruction, language resource developments, language assessments, and other projects that support the communities’ long-term language preservation goals. The Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) Grants are 36, 48, or 60-month projects that will be awarded to applicants that meet the statutory requirements for immersion projects with language nests or language survival schools in accordance with 42 USC 2991b-3(c)(7). ANA supports locally determined projects that achieve community goals through specific, measurable outcomes. In an effort to perpetuate language preservation efforts for Native communities, if appropriate, all ANA funded language projects should identify opportunities for the replication or modification of such project for use by other Native Americans; and include a plan for the preservation of the products of the Native American language project for the benefit of future generations of Native Americans and other interested persons. The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) makes emergency awards available to ensure the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages during and after the public health emergency with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. Native languages and cultures are at a critical point in their existence due to the number of Elders and language speakers that have died as a result of the COVID-19 virus. This emergency funding is intended to support as many tribal and Native communities as possible in their efforts to maintain and preserve Native languages. The ARP Grants are 12, 24, or 36-month projects. The proposed emergency language projects should identify one or two of the following domains that will be the focus of the project: Resources and Documentation; Instruction; Technology and Infrastructure; Planning; Elder or intergenerational engagement.