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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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ACORNS finds a new home!

Professor Dan Harvey, the developer of ACORNS, ELK and WOLF projects, is donating his open source software to NILI. Find out more here!

Celebrating 20 Years of NILI – Conference 2017

In celebration of our 20th Summer Institute, we will be holding a conference on language revitalization and documentation Friday, June 30 through Sunday, July 2, 2017. Please see our Call for Papers here!

NILI Summer Institute 2017

Mark your calendars for June 19-30, 2017! Our theme this year is “Carrying Our Languages Forward”; more information will be added here as the planning progresses.

NILI Online! Teacher Development Series 2016-17

Join us for NILI Online. Classes for winter term begin January 16. Click for more information and registration for undergradute or graduate credit.

UNESCO Crossings Podcast about UO, NILI and Language Revitalization

The UNESCO Crossings Institute and UO journalism student Scott Greenstone, published in February an interesting radio podcast on language revitalization.