Welcome to the 2016 Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium Webpage! The S.I.L.S. is the oldest and largest gathering of Native Language stakeholders in North America. In it’s 23rd year S.I.L.S. continues to be a premier venue, inspiring language revitalization, the advancement in research, the best practice strategies and more demonstrations in language development. All this progress plus more, so that our Native language and culture, of ALL Nations, is not lost forever. Within this site, you will find information on our upcoming Language Symposium in Billings, MT, June 6-7, 2016, such as the required participant and presentation registration form, the event agenda as well as background information on the organizers. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to use our contact information to get in touch with us so we may assist you!
The 2016 SILS will feature key note addresses, research presentations, paper submissions, workshops, forums, and advocacy training. Among the many highlights is a special tour of the Little Bighorn Battlefield, and a tribute to the late Darryl Kipp who was so instrumental in advancing the Immersion School Movement in Indian Country.
The National Alliance is launching the campaign to reauthorize the Esther Martinez Native American Language Preservation Act at the 2016 SILS. In his remarks from the Montana State Languages Summit, Alliance President Ryan Wilson stated “In this critical hour of Native Language revitalization all of Indian Country should both celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Esther Martinez Act and fight to the last child to ensure that Congress reauthorizes the irreplaceable legislation that is responsible for over 40 million dollars being awarded to Native language schools and programs.
After learning that Billings, Montana would serve as the host city for 2016 SILS, State Senator Jonathon Windy Boy (Chippewa Cree) said “SILS provides a forum for language activists to share best practices and their unique stories.”
“SILS also will allow Indian Country to rally and organize better strategies in our desperate fight to save our critically endangered languages. I am proud to be one of the keynote speakers and have a special message planned.”
The National Alliance is joined by Chief Dull Knife College in Lame Deer, MT as the host organizations. The Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota is the presenting sponsor.
For more information on the 2016 SILS contact Ryan Wilson at 701-627-3700.