Join the LSA in celebrating the UN International Year of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9th!

This day commemorates the first meeting of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations in Geneva in 1982. Each year, this day is observed by the UN and around the world with an expert panel of scientists and community leaders as well as a variety of regional and local activities.

Celebrate by joining or renewing your LSA membership at 25% off with coupon ​AUGUST9INDIGENOUS between Aug. 9-12, 2018!

The 2018 theme is Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement:

The 2018 theme will focus on the current situation of indigenous territories, the root causes of migration, trans-border movement and displacement, with a specific focus on indigenous peoples living in urban areas and across international borders. The observance will explore the challenges and ways forward to revitalize indigenous peoples’ identities and encourage the protection of their rights in or outside their traditional territories. (UN International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples)

Read more about the UN special panel and activities here, and consider registering for free (by August 5) or tuning in to their webcast online:

The LSA is a strong, long-time supporter of ethnic and linguistic diversity, actively participating in awareness-raising, educational, and advocacy efforts for indigenous peoples and their languages. We support language rights as basic human rights and view linguistic and ethnic minority issues as interrelated. Some of the ways in which the LSA carries out this mission is through our committees (especially CEDL and CELP), partnership with such organizations as the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA), maintaining an active human rights agenda, and building capacity in linguistics and endangered languages at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Here are some of the highlights of our work:

The Committee's work is directed to those groups which are clearly underrepresented at all levels in the linguistics workforce relative to their numbers in the US population. Such groups include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Americans from a variety of Asian and Pacific Islander back-grounds. Read more...

The Committee promotes strategies for use by individuals, institutions, and communities to assist and support the maintenance and revitalization of language varieties in language communities at risk of, or currently experiencing, significant language or dialect loss. Read more...

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) a grant to assist in building the research capacity of tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) and of broadening participation by Native Americans and Alaska Natives in the language sciences. Read more...

  • International Year of Indigenous Languages

Currently, we are in the process of planning a series of activities for the year 2019, declared by the United Nations as the official International Year of Indigenous Languages. Our Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) in collaboration with the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) are planning to partner with as many like-minded associations as possible to engage the academic community and the public in awareness-raising and celebratory events around the world. According to the UN’s Action Plan,

“the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages will be a yearlong series of activities whose impetus will be carried forward to future months and years.”

We are thrilled to be a part of this world-wide celebration and contribute to a cause so central to our mission. If you would like to join us in our efforts and stay updated on our progress, feel free to email us at [email protected] or sign up for our free email updates.

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