Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations

(CILO / see-lo)

(CILO / see-lo)

Consortium of Indigenous Language Organizations


CILO is a partnership of four organizations brought together by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation based on their vision to support "children, families, and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society." Which are the following:

Indigenous Language Institute (ILI)
Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival (AICLS)
American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI)
Oklahoma Native Language Association (ONLA)

CILO partners collectively have almost 100 years of extensive experience in indigenous language education and program development.

CILO's mission is to provide training for indigenous teachers, parents and advocates of language revitalization, to assist them in their quest for the survival and renewed intergenerational transmission of their endangered languages.


Where can I get more information?

Download the CILO Catalog or Contact Us



Language Immersion for Native Children (LINC)

What is LINC?


LINC is the CILO’s flagship project anchored in the conviction that the transmission of language is most effective for infants and children of young ages during their formative years and the most natural transmission occurs when they are immersed in the language everyday and everywhere. CILO will provide workshops to train teachers, parents and other community language advocates how to plan and implement language immersion practices to transmit their heritage languages to their children (especially age 0-8), the most effective way of cross-generational language transmission. The workshops will cover various pertinent topics in the immersion practices. All workshops are open to anyone interested in language revitalization and bringing their Native languages back into their lives.




Workshops are offered at various locations (Arizona, California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and in other states) and at ILI in Santa Fe, New Mexico at scheduled times. The workshops will also be offered in communities by request of the tribe or group, and CILO instructors will conduct training at the requested community sites.

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