Friday, January 4, 2008

Indigenous Language Reclamation Conference Feb 20-22 on Mashantucket Pequot Reservation

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The fourth biennial Conference on the Reclamation of Indigenous Languages will be held on the Mashantucket Pequot Nation's reservation on February 20-22 at the Museum and Research Center. The conference is sponsored by the tribe's language reclamation project overseen by the Historical and Cultural Preservation Committee. Tribal Council Secretary, Charlene R. Jones, has led this project since it began.

Four themes will be presented this year: technological innovations, artistic application of language, linguistics in the context of language preservation and reconstruction and instructional techniques. Participants may have the opportunity to earn credits.

Dr. Leanne Hinton of UC at Berkeley will be one of two keynote speakers. The three-day conference fee for those who register before February 1 is $125, $75 for students (with school ID) and seniors (55 and older) and includes breakfast, lunch, and admission to the Museum exhibits. Per diem rates are $75 for Wednesday and Thursday and $50 for Friday. The banquet is $50. For more information, contact Tribal Council Secretary Charlene Jones, ATTN: Language Conference, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, 2 Matt's Path, Mashantucket, CT 06338, or e-mail LanguageConference@mptn.org.