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May 5, 2008
Susan Beasy Latto, Director, UMD Public Relations (218) 726-8830
Jennifer Niemi, Advisor, Eni-gikendaasoyang Program, UMD Center for Indigenous Knowledge Revitalization (218) 726-8419

UMD to Host Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium IV

May 12-13

The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Eni-gikendaasoyang/Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization will host the Minnesota Indigenous Language Symposium IV, May 12-13 at the Holiday Inn Hotel (Downtown Duluth).

The two-day event will feature presentations and discussions on technology advances in language revitalization, best practices in language immersion, and policy and advocacy work. World-leading language revitalization professionals from Hawaii and New Zealand will make major presentations.

The public is cordially invited to participate. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register please see:

The focus of the symposium is to bring people together to share information on best strategies and practices in language revitalization. The event offers a great opportunity to establish networking and communication among various groups committed to language revitalization.

Amy Bergstrom, coordinator of UMD Eni-gikendaasoyang program and a symposium co-planner said, "Each year we hear from participants what a breath of fresh air it is to be among folks doing similar work and to be a part of a larger conversation in language revitalization. It really is an honor for us to once again be hosting this very important gathering. Indigenous language revitalization, specifically Ojibwe language, is a critical piece of the work we do here at UMD; and it is our responsibility to continue to be a part of this very important movement. We are proud to play a major role in this."

Approximately two hundred people are expected to attend the event.

Native vendors will be on hand for the two-day event to sell artwork, baskets and other items.

The symposium is organized by the UMD Eni-gikendaasoyang (UMD Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization) and the Grotto Foundation.

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