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Welcome to the Northwest Indian Language Institute

The Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI) provides Native language teachers and community members with training in language teaching, materials and curriculum development, benchmarks creation, and linguistics. With tribal partners, NILI supports and strengthens language preservation efforts by establishing collaborative, on-going projects which meet the specific needs and desires of each language community.

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NILI Announcements

NILI Online!

Beginning Fall 2014, NILI will pilot a series of one unit, teacher education courses that will be delivered over the internet. These distance education courses will be offered through UO’s Academic Extension office. More information to come, or contact NILI if you are interested in taking a course.


NILI Welcomes 4 New GTFs: Beginning Fall 2013, NILI welcomes 4 new Graduate Teaching Fellows (GTFs) to our family, who will be working on various projects. These are: Megan Walker; Ross Anderson; Holly Lakey; and Regan Anderson. Find out more in our News section.

NILI SI Poster 2014_31414

NILI Summer Institute Poster