The LSA is pleased to report that U.S. President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation long supported by the Society that extends federal grant programs aimed at preserving indigenous languages. According to the Associated Press, the measure also allows more American Indian tribes to participate in the programs. The legislation was named after Esther Martinez, a traditional storyteller and Tewa language advocate from Ohkay Owingeh, a northern New Mexico pueblo. Her family, tribal leaders and members of the state's congressional delegation praised passage of the bill. Dozens of tribes across the country are currently sharing in more than $11 million in grants for language preservation and immersion through the programs.

For more information about the Esther Martinez Act, click here.