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Upcoming ILI 2015 Events

"To App or Not to App: Looking at How Technology Impacts Language Learning"
Isleta Resort & Casino
(Pueblo of Isleta) Albuquerque, New Mexico
October 19-21, 2015
Did your language program invest in technology tools or apps? How helpful are the tools/apps in producing speakers? Does it help create language materials? Has it increased motivation and interest among your community members to learn and use the language? Does the app or program help you as a teacher and if so, how? Are the tools sitting on a shelf and collecting dust? These are some of the questions our Presenters will address as they share their experiences developing and/or using EFFECTIVE tech tools.
Day three is a presentation and mini-training session on how to implement Indigenous Language Institute’s “How Do I Say: Learner-Driven Language Learning Method”. We will feature presenters who have used this method in their language work.
We are honored to have as our Keynote Speaker: Gregory Cajete, Ph.D. (Pueblo of Santa Clara).
For more information click here to be redirected to the Symposium Home Page.
For PDF registration form click here.
For Online registration click here.
Deadline to make your hotel reservations is October 2, 2015.
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
Lannan Foundation


In Kind Donations
Trader Joe's Santa Fe
Whole Foods of Santa Fe
This year we are offering Trade Show Tables for the suppliers of language and education related products and services, public and private sector industries, to showcase their products, programs, and services. There are a very limited number of tables. For more information download the Trade Show Table Registration Form.



Please check with us regularly as other 2015 events will be announced soon or you can click on the icon to the right and join our e-mail list to receive those announcements by e-mail.
Don't forget that ILI can be contracted to provide these and many other workshops in your community. If interested or for more information contact ILI at (505) 820-0311 or by e-mail:

Our Mission

The Indigenous Language Institute provides vital language related services to Native communities so that their individual identities, traditional wisdom and values are passed on to future generations in their original languages.

Guiding Philosophy

ILI’s guiding philosophy is to “help create speakers” of endangered indigenous languages while we still have speakers left.

This work is URGENT. Collectively we must work diligently with haste within a ten-year window, careful not to duplicate efforts, to turn the tide of language decline so that indigenous languages become a vibrant component of everyday life in Indian communities.

What We Do

ILI Researches, Teaches and Shares information and tools to empower Native communities to make their languages SEEN and HEARD everywhere and by everyone.

ILI’s tools and training help people create their own Native language materials to develop textbooks, teaching aids, films, digital stories, as well as flyers, brochures, posters, toys, and signage.

Languagegeek© customized keyboard layouts and fonts enable any indigenous language to live on computers and the internet. Sending e-mails, building web-pages, and desktop publishing are all available for all indigenous languages.

ILI works with all tribes and nations to complement and enhance their existing language programs.








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Indigenous Language Institute
Street Address: 1501 Cerrillos Road • Santa Fe, NM • 87505 • USA
Phone: 505/820–0311 • Fax: 888/507–6658
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