Founded in 2019 in response to a need for such a group identified by the participants of the Natives4Linguistics 2018 satellite workshop held at the LSA Annual Meeting. 


Responding to the dearth of Native American and other Indigenous representation within the discipline, the Group aims to create a long-term space of support and a network of people doing similar work in order to share information and knowledge on integrating Native American and other Indigenous intellectual traditions into the research questions, methods, products, and protocols of the discipline.


  • Increasing the participation of Native American and other Indigenous peoples within the discipline of Linguistics as well as at the LSA Annual Meeting..
  • Developing and promoting decolonial strategies to better incorporate Native American and other Indigenous needs and values about language into linguistic science. This includes sharing these with LSA leaders and assisting them with implementation.
  • Creating a space for Indigenous community scholars and linguists, and non-Indigenous linguist partners to network and gain insight on relevant issues concerning Indigenous communities and their respective languages.

June 2021 Statement from Indigenous linguists and language scholars on Boarding and Residential Schools

January 2021 SIG Meeting minutes

January 2020 SIG Meeting minutes


Any member of the LSA is welcome to join the Natives4Linguistics Special Interest Group.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Convenor Christina Newhall.

N4L SIG member spreadsheet

Please send any additional info for the spreadsheet to [email protected] with SUBJECT LINE = Please update my info on spreadsheet. Thank you. 

Staff Liaison: Vy Le

Executive Committee Liaison:  Andrea Berez-Kroker