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Summer Institute 2017

NILI Summer Institute: June 19-30, 2017

Carrying Our Languages Forward


NILI’s Journey – Pulling Together for 20 Years


Summer Institute 2017 Scholarship application available!

The cost for this year’s Summer Institute is $2050 plus room and board fees of $708-852. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, please fill out the form here: NILI 2017 Scholarship form

The deadline to submit an application is April 3, 2017. [For more information on scholarships please see section below.]


Summer Institute Teacher Training Program

At NILI’s 2-week teacher training Summer Institute Native language teachers and learners study linguistics, an indigenous language, teaching methods, and language activism, and apply teaching strategies and develop materials to take home to your classroom.


  • Learn how to teach whole language (moving from words to sentences)
  • Have guided teaching opportunities
  • Create needed language materials for your community
  • Learn more about the structure, vocabulary, and pronunciation of Indigenous languages
  • Experience language learning from a student point of view
  • Become more familiar with a variety of teaching practices and methods
  • Speak in Indigenous languages with your team members and classmates


Summer Institute Youth Program

High school students study language, linguistics and teaching methods, and design and create activities to support preschool learners. Guest speakers (UO faculty and Native students) present information and experiences introducing youth to college life and creating a bridge to higher education. Students are mentored in project brainstorming, planning, linguistic guidance, pedagogy, evaluation, tool support, and product delivery.


  • Gain skills in language learning
  • Take on leadership roles in language preservation and teaching while demonstrating a commitment to their Tribe’s values and traditions.
  • Become more technologically literate
  • Learn to manage their own projects
  • Contribute to language revitalization within their communities


NILI Summer Institute Costs for 2017

  • Tuition: $2,050 (4 university credits)
  • Elder registration: $250 (no university credits)
  • On Campus Housing (optional):
    • Single room: $852 (check in 6/18 – check out 6/30)
    • Double (shared) room: $708 (check in 6/18 – check out 6/30)
  • Optional on-site parking pass: $67

Limited scholarships are available. Scholarship information is below.

If you have questions or need further information, please email us.



Please complete a scholarship application by April 3, 2017. Please be sure to apply early as the deadline will not be extended. The scholarship application can be found here: NILI 2017 Scholarship form

Due to generous support, some years NILI is able to give at least some funding to those applying for scholarships. Other years we are challenged to do so. Scholarships are for partial tuition for the two-week Summer Institute only and do not cover housing, meals, or parking (if applicable).

Scholarship funds are targeted towards those who could not attend the Institute without support. If you are employed as a teacher or at a language program or school district, you must first seek funding from your program. We encourage all those in need of financial assistance to seek funding from other sources as well.


Policy for Youth Participants Chaperones
(High School Students from Ages 14-18)

It is our experience in providing a youth component to NILI Summer Institute over the last two years that communities have wanted to provide their own chaperones for youth participants.

If you are bringing youth, someone must be designated in your group who will assume responsibility for chaperoning youth participants. If boys and girls are attending, then both male and female chaperones are needed. Youth and chaperones will attend all NILI events during the Institute. Chaperones need not be present in the classroom with youth, but must be responsible during out of class hours and at night. Chaperones will need to cover their own dorm expenses (room and board) in order to stay in the dorms with the participants.

All youth attending NILI must have consent forms signed by parents/guardians prior to the Institute.

If you are considering bringing youth to NILI, please contact our office at to make arrangements.