ABOUT THE NATIONAL COALITION
who we are
The National Coalition of Native American Language Schools and Programs (National Coalition) brings together schools and programs that utilize Native American languages as the medium of instruction under the provisions of the federal Native American Languages Act of 1990 (NALA). Native American language medium schools or programs (or immersion programs as they are sometimes called) educate students through a Native American language.
National Coalition members programs include a wide variety of jurisdictions, including, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, state public schools, charter schools, and private non-profit schools. National Coalition member schools range from preschool programs, elementary schools, secondary schools and tertiary education. National Coalition members are currently in fifteen different states. We offer assistance to new groups seeking to start programs.
The National Coalition is proud of the work of Native American language schools and programs. The languages used in these schools are the heritage not only of the indigenous peoples of this country, but are the heritage of all Americans unique to only this country. The languages used in our schools are among the same languages used by Native Americans code talkers and others in serving the United States and protecting all Americans. These languages are a primary strength upon which to build better futures academically, socially, and economically through them as well as strengthening the distinctive rights of freedom to use a distinctive official language of a sovereign government of a tribe, Alaska Native village, a state, or territory.
The National Coalition represents a broad range of languages recognized as Native American languages including among others: Ojibwe, Mohawk, Cherokee, Lakota, Navajo, Shoshone, Salish, Central Alaskan Yup’ik, and Hawaiian.
The National Coalition's steering committee includes Native advocates with decades of experience with Native American language schools, immersion education and advocacy:
Leslie Harper (Minnesota) - President
Namaka Rawlins (Hawaii) - Vice-President
Brooke Ammann (Wisconsin) - Steering committee member
Rosalyn LaPier (Montana) - Steering committee member
Pila Wilson (Hawaii) - Steering committee member
The National Coalition has members in: Alaska, Arizona, Hawaiʻi, Idaho, Massachusetts, Montana, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.